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The Regression Theorem: In Light of Bitcoin

July 18, 2017

In three previous posts, I have described the regression theorem, discussed its practical applications, and considered some misconceptions. In this post, I will consider the regression theorem in light of bitcoin. The discussion around bitcoin and the regression theorem usually focuses on whether bitcoin has some intrinsic worth (read: non-monetary use). If bitcoin is intrinsically […]

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The Regression Theorem: Misconceptions

July 13, 2017

In two previous posts, I described the regression theorem and discussed its practical applications. In this post, I will discuss some misconceptions. Misconception 1. The regression theorem only applies to a barter economy. In a recent article, Laura Davidson and Walter Block argue that the regression theorem is only applicable in a barter economy. It […]

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IRS Summons of Coinbase Undermines Privacy, Discourages Innovation

June 7, 2017

The IRS is expected to respond to a recent Congressional inquiry into its summoning records from Coinbase, a San Francisco-based digital currency intermediary, by June 7. The inquiry, sent by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman […]

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The Politics of Bitcoin

May 26, 2017
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David Golumbia has a new book titled The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism. It has received less than stellar reviews from Duke University’s Mike Munger and Bitcoin Magazine’s  Giulio Prisco. So, perhaps I am just piling on. But pile on I must. Here’s the short version: Many see bitcoin as a clever piece […]

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The Regression Theorem: Practical Applications

May 23, 2017

In my last post, I offered a brief summary of the regression theorem and provided some historical context to explain why it is an important idea.  In this post, I will trace some practical applications of the regression theorem. Commodity monies can emerge naturally. The first practical application of the regression theorem concerns commodity monies—that […]

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The Regression Theorem: Summary

May 19, 2017

In the late 1800s, three economists working independently radically transformed the way we think about value. Classical economists had struggled to explain why water is typically much cheaper than diamonds, despite being more useful on the whole and, indeed, crucial to one’s survival. Then, William Stanley Jevons, Carl Menger, and Léon Walras offered an elegant […]

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