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The Bitcoin Standard


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List of Figures 5 List of Tables 6 Prologue 7 Chapter 1: Money 10 Chapter 2: Primitive Moneys 18 Chapter 3: Monetary Metals 23 Why Gold? 24 Roman Golden Age and Decline 30 Byzantium and the Bezant 32 The Renaissance 33 La Belle Epoque 38 Chapter 4: Government Money 43 Monetary Nationalism and the End of the Free World 45 The Interwar Era 49 World War II and Bretton Woods 54 Government money s track record 60 Chapter 5: Digital Money 72 Bitcoin as Digital Cash 73 Supply, Value and Transactions 81 Appendix to Chapter 5 94 Chapter 6: Sound Money and Time Preference 97 Monetary Inflation 103 Saving and Capital Accumulation 112 Innovations: Zero to One vs One to Many 117 Artistic Flourishing 120 Chapter 7: Money as Capitalism s Information System 126 Capital Market Socialism 129 Business Cycles and Financial Crises 133 Sound Basis for Trade 144 Chapter 8: Sound Money and Individual Freedom 150 Should Government Manage the Money Supply? 150 Unsound Money and Perpetual War 158 Limited vs Omnipotent Government 161 The Bezzle 166 Chapter 9: What Is Bitcoin Good For? 177 Store of Value 177 Individual Sovereignty 183 International and Online Settlement 186 Global Unit of Account 191 Chapter 10: Bitcoin Questions 196 Mining and Proof-of-work 196 Out of Control: Why nobody can change Bitcoin 200 Antifragility 207 Can Bitcoin Scale? 208 Is Bitcoin For Criminals? 215 How to Kill Bitcoin: A Beginners Guide 217 Altcoins 226 Blockchain Technology 230 References 244

About the Author

SAIFEDEAN AMMOUS, PHD, is a Professor of Economics at the Lebanese American University, and member of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University.

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