With so much focus on cryptocurrency price action, security and regulatory concerns, and speculative sentiment, it’s easy to forget the philosophical and cultural drivers that brought cryptocurrencies into existence.
It’s also easy to forget that cryptocurrencies are part of larger assemblage that articulates itself across at least three different spheres—monetary, industrial/technological, and cultural/political.
If you are interested in the cultural and political perspectives that brought rise to this phenomenon, here is a compilation of seminal texts that may be of interest to you.
- The Machinery of Freedom: A Guide to Radical Capitalism by David Friedman (PDF)
- Denationalization of Money by Friedrich Hayek (PDF)
- From Crossbows to Cryptography: Techno-Thwarting the State by Chuck Hammill (PDF)
- State and Terrorist Conspiracies & Conspiracy as Governanceby Julian Assange (PDF)
- The Moral Character of Cryptographic Workby Phillip Rogaway (PDF)
- Why I Wrote PGP by Phil Zimmermann
- Libertaria in Cyberspace by Timothy C. May
- The Crypto-Anarchist Manifesto by Timothy C. May
- A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto by Eric Hughes
- Cyphernomicon by Timothy C. May
- Crypto Anarchy and Virtual Communities by Timothy C. May
- A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace by John Perry Barlow
- Assassination Politics by Jim Bell
- Contracts in Cyberspace
- The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond –
- From Imperial China to Cyberspace: Contracting Without the State
- Deflation and Liberty by Jörg Guido Hülsmann
- Paralelni Polis – statement
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