The Properties of Money
Oct 30, 2022
This is the introductory post in a series on the properties of money and the tensions between them.
Phases of Cosmos
Sep 23, 2022
This month, September 2022, marks a critical transition point in the history of the Cosmos project. Let this post serve as a guide, both a history and a preview of what’s to come.
September 2022 effectively marks the end of the first major phase of Cosmos development and the dawn of a new one. I will call this first phase Initiation. We could say it began with the Cosmos Whitepaper in the summer of 2016.
Filling the hole in Bitcoin's Heart
Jan 31, 2022
A response to Brett Scott's fantastic post, 'The Hole in Bitcoin's Heart'
The Velocity of Money
Jan 30, 2022
A new look at the Velocity of Money, what it can tell us about the structure of the payment system, and what it might mean for a more sustainable approach to economic growth.
The Market Pattern
Jan 11, 2022
Last year I read F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom and Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation back to back. Both published in 1944, these great works of political economics were attempts by their authors to grapple with the collapse of western civilization into the fascist totalitarianism of the Second World War. For Hayek, a classical liberal, totalitarian tragedy follows inevitably from the authoritarianism of State Socialism. For Polanyi, who was more of an economic sociologist, the fascism of WWII followed inevitably from the dehumanizing forces of the preceding century of Market Capitalism.
Orange is the new Green
Aug 26, 2021
An exploration of why Bitcoin is better for the world than Tesla. Contents include: The Problem with Tesla; the Promise of Bitcoin; Monetary Institutions and Political Economy; Proof of Work and International Trust; Mining is Not as Bad As You Think; What About Proof of Stake?
Socially Responsible Investing
Jul 22, 2021
A review of the miserable state of socially responsible investing, and what to potentially do about it
Reconsidering the Factors of Production
Jul 18, 2021
An approach to synthesizing the heterdox schools of economics via a more comprehensive sociological theory of the factors of production, including energy and money.
Local Money and Liquidity Saving
May 29, 2021
A short review of some types of local money systems, with a focus on their potential as liquidity saving mechanisms via credit clearing.
Critique of MMT from a Monetary Localist
May 15, 2021
Modern Monetary Theory is refocusing economics on an important set of ideas: monetary sovereignty, the resource constraint, and a basic jobs program. There are curious parallels to cryptocurrencies. But MMT still has some ways to go to become the ecologically and socially sound theory of money we so desperately need