This piece was originally published on Bitcoin Magazine.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the world and life as we know it. Restrictions on society by governments, including using masks and social distancing, has created a new normal. Lockdowns that have shut down small businesses, combined with inflation caused by excess money printing by central banks, have spurred the disintegration of the global economic system.

As the debacle of the fiat system speeds up, bitcoin is now gaining traction. …

The video published by WikiLeaks, titled Collateral Murder, depicted the killing of more than a dozen men, including two Reuters staffers and the wounding of others, including small children. (Photo: Screenshot/Wikileaks)

On January 4, 2021 the London Court will release the hearing verdict of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange’s US extradition case. The indictment against Assange is politically motivated. Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who is presiding over hearings, has even acknowledged the political nature of this case when she decided not to rule until at least after the US Presidential election on November 3, 2020.

The verdict will not only determine the life of Assange, but also the future of journalism. The extra-territorial overreach involved in the US government charging a journalist who exposed their war crimes under the Espionage Act threatens press…

Supporters hold signs outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2013. (Photo: Xavier Granja Cedeño/Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores via flickr/cc)

Update: On April 26, PsySR issued a statement in support of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Note: This document is created to clarify some of misconceptions surrounding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s plight for freedom. This is addressed for Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), a non-profit organization based in Chicago that works to advance peace and social justice through the ethical use of psychological knowledge, research, and practice. With this, I aim to address concerns and answer questions that PsySR members raised in considering whether to issue a statement of support for Assange.


It is clear that the US…

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This piece was originally published on Bitcoin Magazine with the title Bitcoin’s Scaling Challenge Brings the Battle for Liberation of Cyberspace”.

This year brought a climax in the prolonged Bitcoin block size debate. Heated disputes over scaling that have become toxic in the ecosystem have overshadowed the technology. Now the cancelation of SegWit2x, the most controversial proposal in this cryptocurrency’s history averted a potential catastrophe.

Innovation moves on and the community is finding some time for reflection. What did this crisis teach us? The political battle that came to the forefront in the last several months challenges all to examine…

I am a teacher at Credo High School in Sonoma County. It is a Waldorf inspired charter and the world’s first One Planet School dedicated to becoming a model for sustainable communities. The wildfires that swept through the North Bay on October 8th led to a devastating impact on those in this school.

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As people evacuated, seeking for safety, we are still finding out the effect this tragedy had on our community. …

The problems associated with operating a bitcoin exchange are not going away.

On 2nd August, Bitfinex, one of the largest bitcoin exchanges by volume, became the latest to declare itself the victim of a major security breach. Accounts were hacked and consumer funds stolen. The ghost of Mt Gox stirred again.

Yet despite the issues, exchanges still serve as gateways into bitcoin, the interfaces with the world of central banking. With large exchanges like Coinbase and Bitfinex dominating the trading scene, commercialization has come to the fore of what was once a grassroots movement spurred by anarchists and technologists.


Directors: Torsten Hoffmann, Michael Watchulonis Writer: Torsten Hoffmann Starring: Andreas M. Antonopolous, Roger Ver, Bernard v. NotHaus, Jeffrey A. Tucker, Michael J. Casey and more

In 2015, cryptocurrencies have gained wide public attention. If you want to know what Bitcoin is, this is the film to watch this holiday season. The title says it well. This 60-minute documentary film is a masterpiece, depicting both the history and future of money. It reveals the hidden threads in the development of money and where it is going.

One could not ask for a better introduction to the invention of the blockchain. The…


More than half a century ago, Hannah Arendt made an observation about aspects of human nature that people often fail to acknowledge or confront. Arendt, a Jew who fled Germany during the Nazi’s rise to power, survived to witness the trial of German Nazi Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann. She pointed to wartime atrocities where dutiful administrators like Eichmann become mass murderers seemingly with no regret or even conscious recognition of the routine horror they inflicted. She called it the “banality of evil” — a systemic evil that has become “terrifyingly normal”.

Fascism comes in all shapes and forms. The late…

Dear Bitcoin 1% early adopter,

A friend of mine recently sent me an article posted on P2P Foundation titled In the Bitcoin World, Half the Wealth Belongs to the 0.1 Percent. It was a collection of articles that focuses on allegations of inequality in the Bitcoin ecosystem. This made me think of all of you. Yes you, those who are often referred to as the Bitcoin early adopters. Some call you the Bitcoin 1% or even the 0.1 percent. After thinking about it, I realized how I am thankful for what you did. …

Since 2011, from the Arab Spring and Spanish Revolution to Occupy, waves of global uprisings have been erupting as never before. The crisis of representation helped spawn decentralized movements as a manifestation of people’s aspiration to take the reins of their own destinies. For many, the presumption of legitimacy of their governments has been crumbling. What triggered this widespread global crisis?

Journalist Phillip Dorling traced the impulse behind the Occupy movement back to the release of the U.S. Army helicopter gunship Collateral Murder video and noted how it was strongly based on the work of the…

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