Op-Ed

What Is the Ideal Block Size and Fee Cost?

</header> <strong>Many of the debates around block size in Bitcoin operate under the false premise that the question can even be properly answered by a central authority. But markets are better at deciding these questions and block sizes and fee costs should be worked out by miners and users, not development committees.</strong> Also read: How …

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Why User Experience Is Crypto’s True ‘Killer App’

</header> <strong>There’s been a lot of buzz in the space recently about the importance of user experience. Kim Dotcom’s proclamation that “Mass utility is going to lead to mass adoption,” speaks to this. Peter Schiff’s bitcoin wallet fiasco, CZ’s claim that centralized exchanges are safer than private wallets, and promises of a still undependable Lightning …

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Unnecessary Evil: How Government Regulations Kill Crypto Startups and Encourage Crime

</header> <strong>Thanks to the EU’s most recent money laundering directive, a small business called Post-a-coin, which sold cute postcards pre-loaded with tiny amounts of bitcoin, is being forced to shut down. Meanwhile, the most heinous criminals in history are continuing to facilitate violence, trafficking and laundering of cash with impunity. </strong> Also Read: Why the …

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Why the Counter Economy Is Necessary to Bitcoin’s Survival as a Disruptive Currency

</header> <strong>As Bitcoin is adopted by more and more traditional financial institutions, and becomes regulated by governments worldwide, the question of its survival as a truly disruptive alternative to legacy financial systems is raised. After all, if governments like Qatar’s can ban it, and international banking laws like AMLD5 can push bitcoin-friendly companies out of …

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Stablecoins Are Crypto’s Version of Fractional Reserve Banking

</header> <strong>Stablecoins provide much sought after stability in the volatile crypto markets. They are sometimes even said to affect the price of bitcoin in drastic fashion. Tether (<a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/USDT” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>USDT</a>) in particular continues to be widely scrutinized for this, with recent lawsuits about conflicts of interest and price manipulation being hotly contested. …

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Was Youtube’s Christmas Crypto Purge Illegal?

</header> <strong>This article considers the legal implications of Youtube’s notorious purge of crypto channels on Christmas Eve. What legal context induces Youtube and other social media giants to operate as they do? The article does not explore whether it is morally proper to terminate a contract without cause or explanation and to threaten people’s livelihoods; …

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Why Nick Szabo Probably Isn’t Satoshi

</header> <strong>Search online for ‘possible creators of Bitcoin’ and Bit Gold creator Nick Szabo will always appear near the top of the list. His long history in the cypherpunk space, his writings on money, digital cash, and smart contracts, and some facts about his past have often been used to create a compelling picture that …

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France’s Social Media Stalking Points to the Violence of Fiat, Consent of Crypto

</header> <strong>France will soon be monitoring social media accounts to catch suspected tax evaders. The endeavor could label anyone as suspicious who so much as posts a “taxation is theft” meme or a poses with a nice car. The country’s budget minister, Gérald Darmanin, called the court-approved experiment ‘one more tool to fight fraud.’ Exemplified …

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Crypto’s Counterpunch to U.S. Hegemony and Empire

</header> <strong>“The Muslim world should be designing measures to save themselves from the domination of the United States dollar and the American financial regime.” —Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran</strong> Also Read: Crypto Confronts Social Justice Warriors Hegemony and Muslim Resistance Hegemony refers to the leadership or dominance of one country or group over others. A …

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Crypto Confronts Social Justice Warriors 

</header> <strong>“Many men are lamenting the “man-hating” rhetoric that they have imagined stemming from SJWs. It just so happens that many of these men are also heavily involved in cryptocurrencies due to the notion that Bitcoin can restore their libertarian ideals.”– Ross Chalmers, <a href=”https://coinrivet.com/right-wing-clowns-and-their-obession-with-sjws/”>Coin Rivet</a>. <em>The following article is an oped by Wendy McElroy.</em></strong> …

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