Decoding the 'Bitcoin Revolution': Jaya Klara Brekke, Paul Mason and Ben Vickers in conversation
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the mysterious figure Satoshi Nakamoto published a revolutionary white paper that described a simple peer-to-peer electronic cash system. This was the origin of Bitcoin.
In the decade since the launch of the digital currency, the blockchain technology behind Bitcoin has been heralded as having the same radical potential as the printing press or the Internet, in particular presenting extraordinary challenges to traditional banking. Yet the paper contains no reference to existing political ideas, monetary or economic knowledge. Why?
In The White Paper crypto-economist Jaya Klara Brekke analyses the original text, situating Bitcoin within the historical movement of decentralisation, showing how blockchain is part of a wider project to redraw the maps of political possibility. For this event Jaya sits down with Editor Ben Vickers and bestselling author of PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future Paul Mason to discuss how Nakamoto's White Paper can serve as a compass for the rapidly shifting terrain of contemporary techno-politics.
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