Fundamentally, I’m an analyst. I look at situations, events, people, companies and countries, breaking them down into their most basic components and mechanisms. I dissect things, understand them and work out how to improve them. I’ve honed this skill through several years as a computer programmer, but now I’ve turned my eye on bigger, more abstract problems.
The medium through which I usually work is writing. I don’t have as much time to dedicate to it as I’d like to, as I’m currently putting theory into practice while selling burritos in Leeds. What I can produce however, I’m putting up here to read for free.
To read more about me, please see my biography page. My latest articles are listed below. To contact me, try one of the social media links to the left, or email dan at [this domain].
What has ultimately surprised me about Bitcoin how much attention it has received from the anti-capitalist left. Suddenly, those who have criticised capitalism as an unstable and unfair system have somehow fallen into the alluring-yet-naïve vision offered by the libertarian right. It seems that for many, frustration at our current government and banking system, fostering a perfectly valid desire to escape these issues, has led them to overlook the root of the problem and in fact, instead of moving away from that problem, to move closer to it. The anti-state and tech-cool status of Bitcoin has attracted many who have overlooked the fact that it is simply a wrapper for an unregulated monetary system; exactly what caused our current problems in the first place.
George Santayana said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The high-tech format of Bitcoin easily persuades many that it is immune to many of the problems of the past, but in fact it is doomed to the exact problems that have crippled currencies in the past. For all the flaws of our current monetary system, we must remember that we moved on from commodity currency, and then again from representative currency, for a good reason. Once the obfuscating shroud of computer networks and cryptography is distilled, so that we might look at Bitcoin in its conceptual form, it is clear that it will simply restore many of the problems of the past. Continued
“If globalization is to succeed, it must succeed for poor and rich alike. It must deliver rights no less than riches. It must provide social justice and equity no less than economic prosperity and enhanced communication” – Kofi Annan “Globalizing … Continued