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The book completely fails to mention the essential role of debt in the economy once. Also mentions very little about bitcoin. Never been so disappointed with a book. This book clearly explains why our current financial system will fail It reminds me of the way we were told that fat makes you fat and now we know it was actually sugar all along.
The same is true of our economic theories. Our modern levels of debt and quantitative easing are now unsustainable so either we return to the gold standard or we move on. Enter Bitcoin. The hardest money ever. Look up the phrase "hard money" there I saved you reading this.
Randian level Austrian economics, right wing market fundimentalism. Ammous has mixed up socialism and statism: Socialism is when the workers own the means of production. Not as stated in this book, the government. And socialism does not preclude market mechanisms as this book says it does.
And the bitcoin white paper. I haven't even finished this book yet but I know that it's one of the best books I have ever read, and I read quite a lot of economics, bitcoin and finance. I usually don't leave comments on Amazon but felt like I want more people to read this. I am now surprised that I have never before come across a condensed book of economics that resonates so much with observations I have made about the financial and economic world of today.
Truly an eye opening book, especially the first half of it. If you can even borrow it from a friend, I recommend you do. I got the audible version as well as paperback. Will sit nicely next to Mises in my library. The book was first ordered by my friend to my address as he lives abroad and was planning to pick it up in a couple of weeks. I expected a slightly boring book with some propoganda, like Dr Julian Hosp's one, but I was pleasantly surprised to be very wrong.
I ordered my own copy immediately. Most of the book is devoted to a fairly detailed account of the history of money, as seen from Ammous's distinctively Austrian School point of view. Whether or not one agrees with this point of view, the historical account is vigorously and entertainingly argued; Ammous is not afraid to call out what he sees as the economic crimes of past and present, particularly with regards to fiat currency, socialist governments, and Keynesian central banking.
Ammous argues that the gold standard was a far superior system to the fiat currency system we have today, and that the 'Bitcoin standard' will be its digital reincarnation. While this veneration of the gold standard may seem surprising or implausible to modern readers, Ammous argues his case well, citing the remarkable, indeed almost uninterrupted, economic boom that much of the West enjoyed during the years of the gold standard.
This long period of prosperity under the gold standard is contrasted with the depressingly familiar 'boom and bust' cycle that has characterised the global economy since the abandonment of the gold standard in favour of the present system of 'fiat' currencies. Having established his theoretical and historical case for why we need 'sound money', such as gold, Ammous spends the remainder of the book arguing why Bitcoin, and Bitcoin alone, is suited to perform the function of digital sound money.
He argues that none of the alternative cryptocurrencies altcoins can fulfil this function, and that therefore Bitcoin itself should be the focus of any efforts to create a superior alternative to the current currency system. Finally he presents an idea for how Bitcoin could scale to the point of true worldwide use for the whole human population, namely a network of banks issuing currency backed by Bitcoin, thus the 'Bitcoin Standard' that gives the book its name.
My main quibble with the book is that Ammous only gives us a cursory explanation of how his long-term vision for Bitcoin as an international settlement currency would work. He states that Bitcoin's current transaction capacity of approximately , transactions per day would allow each bank in a network of central banks to perform one final settlement transaction with every other bank in the network per day, and that if each of these banks served 10 million customers this would allow Bitcoin or at least a central bank derived version of it to be used by the world's entire population.
Even putting aside the many significant problems that this approach would introduce, such as a return to semi trusted third parties and the possibility of these central banks running fractional reserve systems, Ammous never gives us any explanation of how this system would actually work, even in broad terms.
For that reason I would rate this book 4. With that aside, I would nonetheless very much recommend this book for anyone interested in the economic, monetary, and historical case for Bitcoin as 'digital gold'. If Ammous's predictions for the future of Bitcoin and the world monetary system come to pass then it will be not only a highly entertaining and interesting book but an important one too.
Reading this book critically, it is, on the whole well-structured and provides explanations of complex ideas. However, the author has a tendency to rely on long metaphors and drawing conclusions from his own statements using his own conclusions as objective truth. Valid as they may be, he does not provide the core evidence at key points in the book. With that in mind, it is still an interesting exploration of the history of money, the lessons we can draw from that and how that applies to the current economic climate and takes a critical look at commonly spouted economic theory e.
Keynesian economics. Slightly biased as a 30 year old man, child of the internet age, who lost his faith in the current banking system back in , watching banks getting bailouts whilst family and friends lost pensions, savings, and housing investments plummeting. This book explains the worlds monetary history before going into the benefits of a blockchain, decentralised store of value. If you find cryptocurrency interesting, this is for you.
If you find monetary systems interesting, this is for you. If you're a John Keynes fanboy, this book is not for you. See all reviews. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Make Money with Us. Amazon Payment Methods. Let Us Help You.
In July , a project began in Kenya linking bitcoin with M-Pesa , a popular mobile payments system, in an experiment designed to spur innovative payments in Africa. On 6 August , Federal Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas of the Fifth Circuit ruled that bitcoins are "a currency or a form of money" specifically securities as defined by Federal Securities Laws , and as such were subject to the court's jurisdiction,   and Germany's Finance Ministry subsumed bitcoins under the term "unit of account" — a financial instrument — though not as e-money or a functional currency, a classification nonetheless having legal and tax implications.
In November , the University of Nicosia announced that it would be accepting bitcoin as payment for tuition fees, with the university's chief financial officer calling it the "gold of tomorrow". Gox and the Europe-based Bitstamp to become the largest bitcoin trading exchange by trade volume.
In December , Overstock. On 5 December , the People's Bank of China prohibited Chinese financial institutions from using bitcoins. On 4 December , Alan Greenspan referred to it as a "bubble". In January , Zynga  announced it was testing bitcoin for purchasing in-game assets in seven of its games. The article also stated the currency would be accepted in five locations, including the front desk and certain restaurants. TigerDirect  and Overstock.
In early February , one of the largest bitcoin exchanges, Mt. Gox ,  suspended withdrawals citing technical issues. Gox had filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan amid reports that , bitcoins had been stolen. Gox had waned as users experienced difficulties withdrawing funds.
Petersburg Bowl under a two-year deal, renamed the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Bitcoin was to be accepted for ticket and concession sales at the game as part of the sponsorship, and the sponsorship itself was also paid for using bitcoin. In July Newegg and Dell  started accepting bitcoin.
In December Microsoft began to accept bitcoin to buy Xbox games and Windows software. In , several light-hearted songs celebrating bitcoin such as the "Ode to Satoshi"  have been released. A documentary film, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin , was released in , featuring interviews with bitcoin users, such as a computer programmer and a drug dealer. On 13 March Warren Buffett called bitcoin a "mirage".
Less than one year after the collapse of Mt. Bitstamp resumed trading on 9 January after increasing security measures and assuring customers that their account balances would not be impacted. In February , the number of merchants accepting bitcoin exceeded , In the MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna became the first museum to acquire art using bitcoin, when it purchased the screensaver "Event listeners"  of van den Dorpel.
In October , a proposal was submitted to the Unicode Consortium to add a code point for the bitcoin symbol. In March , the Cabinet of Japan recognized virtual currencies like bitcoin as having a function similar to real money. In July , researchers published a paper showing that by November bitcoin commerce was no longer driven by "sin" activities but instead by legitimate enterprises. In November , the Swiss Railway operator SBB CFF upgraded all their automated ticket machines so that bitcoin could be bought from them using the scanner on the ticket machine to scan the bitcoin address on a phone app.
Bitcoin generates more academic interest year after year; the number of Google Scholar articles published mentioning bitcoin grew from 83 in , to in , and in Also, the academic journal Ledger published its first issue. It is edited by Peter Rizun. The number of businesses accepting bitcoin continued to increase. In January , NHK reported the number of online stores accepting bitcoin in Japan had increased 4.
Bitcoin gains more legitimacy among lawmakers and legacy financial companies. For example, Japan passed a law to accept bitcoin as a legal payment method,  and Russia has announced that it will legalize the use of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Exchange trading volumes continue to increase.
In June , the bitcoin symbol was encoded in Unicode version Up until July , bitcoin users maintained a common set of rules for the cryptocurrency. The split has been called the Bitcoin Cash hard fork. On 6 December the software marketplace Steam announced that it would no longer accept bitcoin as payment for its products, citing slow transactions speeds, price volatility, and high fees for transactions. On 22 January , South Korea brought in a regulation that requires all the bitcoin traders to reveal their identity, thus putting a ban on anonymous trading of bitcoins.
On 24 January , the online payment firm Stripe announced that it would phase out its support for bitcoin payments by late April , citing declining demand, rising fees and longer transaction times as the reasons. On 25 January George Soros referred to bitcoin as a bubble.
In October , PayPal announced that it would allow its users to buy and sell bitcoin on its platform, although not to deposit or withdraw bitcoins. From February the Swiss canton of Zug allows for tax payments in bitcoin and other crypto currencies . On 1 June , El Salvador President, Nayib Bukele announced his plans to adopt bitcoin as legal tender , this would render El Salvador the world's first country to do so.
On 8 June , at the initiative of the president, pro-government deputies in the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador voted legislation— Ley Bitcoin or the Bitcoin Law —to make Bitcoin legal tender in the country alongside the US Dollar. Among the factors which may have contributed to this rise were the European sovereign-debt crisis — particularly the — Cypriot financial crisis — statements by FinCEN improving the currency's legal standing, and rising media and Internet interest. A fork referring to a blockchain is defined variously as a blockchain split into two paths forward, or as a change of protocol rules.
Accidental forks on the bitcoin network regularly occur as part of the mining process. They happen when two miners find a block at a similar point in time. As a result, the network briefly forks. This fork is subsequently resolved by the software which automatically chooses the longest chain, thereby orphaning the extra blocks added to the shorter chain that were dropped by the longer chain. On 12 March , a bitcoin miner running version 0.
This created a split or "fork" in the blockchain since computers with the recent version of the software accepted the invalid block and continued to build on the diverging chain, whereas older versions of the software rejected it and continued extending the blockchain without the offending block.
This split resulted in two separate transaction logs being formed without clear consensus, which allowed for the same funds to be spent differently on each chain. In response, the Mt. Gox exchange temporarily halted bitcoin deposits. Miners resolved the split by downgrading to version 0. User funds largely remained unaffected and were available when network consensus was restored.
Two significant forks took place in August. One, Bitcoin Cash , is a hard fork off the main chain in opposition to the other, which is a soft fork to implement Segregated Witness. Additionally, FinCEN claimed regulation over American entities that manage bitcoins in a payment processor setting or as an exchanger: "In addition, a person is an exchanger and a money transmitter if the person accepts such de-centralized convertible virtual currency from one person and transmits it to another person as part of the acceptance and transfer of currency, funds, or other value that substitutes for currency.
In summary, FinCEN's decision would require bitcoin exchanges where bitcoins are traded for traditional currencies to disclose large transactions and suspicious activity, comply with money laundering regulations, and collect information about their customers as traditional financial institutions are required to do.
Basic money-services business rules apply here. In its October study, Virtual currency schemes , the European Central Bank concluded that the growth of virtual currencies will continue, and, given the currencies' inherent price instability, lack of close regulation, and risk of illegal uses by anonymous users, the Bank warned that periodic examination of developments would be necessary to reassess risks.
In , the U. Treasury extended its anti-money laundering regulations to processors of bitcoin transactions. In June , Bitcoin Foundation board member Jon Matonis wrote in Forbes that he received a warning letter from the California Department of Financial Institutions accusing the foundation of unlicensed money transmission.
Matonis denied that the foundation is engaged in money transmission and said he viewed the case as "an opportunity to educate state regulators. In late July , the industry group Committee for the Establishment of the Digital Asset Transfer Authority began to form to set best practices and standards, to work with regulators and policymakers to adapt existing currency requirements to digital currency technology and business models and develop risk management standards. Securities and Exchange Commission filed an administrative action against Erik T.
Voorhees, for violating Securities Act Section 5 for publicly offering unregistered interests in two bitcoin websites in exchange for bitcoins. There are also faucets that dispense alternative cryptocurrencies. The first bitcoin faucet was called "The Bitcoin Faucet" and was developed by Gavin Andresen in Faucets usually give fractions of a bitcoin, but the amount will typically fluctuate according to the value of bitcoin. Some faucets also have random larger rewards.
To reduce mining fees , faucets normally save up these small individual payments in their own ledgers , which then add up to make a larger payment that is sent to a user's bitcoin address. Because bitcoin transactions are irreversible and there are many faucets, they have become targets for hackers interested in stealing bitcoins. Advertisements are the main income source of bitcoin faucets. Faucets try to get traffic from users by offering free bitcoin as an incentive.
Some ad networks also pay directly in bitcoin. This means that faucets often have a low profit margin. Some faucets also make money by mining altcoin in the background, using the user's CPU. Bitcoins can be stored in a bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet. Theft of bitcoin has been documented on numerous occasions.
At other times, bitcoin exchanges have shut down, taking their clients' bitcoins with them. A Wired study published April showed that 45 percent of bitcoin exchanges end up closing. On 19 June , a security breach of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange caused the nominal price of a bitcoin to fraudulently drop to one cent on the Mt. Gox exchange, after a hacker used credentials from a Mt. Gox auditor's compromised computer illegally to transfer a large number of bitcoins to himself.
They used the exchange's software to sell them all nominally, creating a massive "ask" order at any price. Within minutes, the price reverted to its correct user-traded value. In July , the operator of Bitomat, the third-largest bitcoin exchange, announced that he had lost access to his wallet.
He announced that he would sell the service for the missing amount, aiming to use funds from the sale to refund his customers. Bitcoinica was hacked twice in , which led to allegations that the venue neglected the safety of customers' money and cheated them out of withdrawal requests. Securities and Exchange Commission had reportedly started an investigation on the case.
As a result, Bitfloor suspended operations. As a result, Instawallet suspended operations. On 11 August , the Bitcoin Foundation announced that a bug in a pseudorandom number generator within the Android operating system had been exploited to steal from wallets generated by Android apps; fixes were provided 13 August In October , Inputs.
The service was run by the operator TradeFortress. Coinchat, the associated bitcoin chat room, was taken over by a new admin. The CEO was eventually arrested and charged with embezzlement. On 3 March , Flexcoin announced it was closing its doors because of a hack attack that took place the day before.
In December , hackers stole 4, bitcoins from NiceHash a platform that allowed users to sell hashing power. On 19 December , Yapian, a company that owns the Youbit cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea, filed for bankruptcy following a hack, the second in eight months. In , the Cryptocurrency Legal Advocacy Group CLAG stressed the importance for taxpayers to determine whether taxes are due on a bitcoin-related transaction based on whether one has experienced a " realization event": when a taxpayer has provided a service in exchange for bitcoins, a realization event has probably occurred and any gain or loss would likely be calculated using fair market values for the service provided.
In August , the German Finance Ministry characterized bitcoin as a unit of account ,   usable in multilateral clearing circles and subject to capital gains tax if held less than one year. On 5 December , the People's Bank of China announced in a press release regarding bitcoin regulation that whilst individuals in China are permitted to freely trade and exchange bitcoins as a commodity, it is prohibited for Chinese financial banks to operate using bitcoins or for bitcoins to be used as legal tender currency, and that entities dealing with bitcoins must track and report suspicious activity to prevent money laundering.
Bitcoin's blockchain can be loaded with arbitrary data. In researchers from RWTH Aachen University and Goethe University identified 1, files added to the blockchain, 59 of which included links to unlawful images of child exploitation, politically sensitive content, or privacy violations.
Interpol also sent out an alert in saying that "the design of the blockchain means there is the possibility of malware being injected and permanently hosted with no methods currently available to wipe this data". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. History of Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency. Main article: Satoshi Nakamoto.
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