Bitcoin’s first principles are incredibly unique. Each step of the journey gives a sense of the much bigger picture and how strong the combined effects are. We've compiled a great resource page for anyone who wants to dive deeper.
Bitcoin is a global monetary network built on the Internet. Like the Internet itself, bitcoin is decentralized. Thousands of independent nodes around the world enforce bitcoin's rules. Anyone with an internet connection and a cheap computer can be a part of the bitcoin network.
Perhaps the most important rule of bitcoin is there will only ever be just under 21 million. And that hard cap is enforced in bitcoin's software code. This makes bitcoin the first money in human history with an uninflatable, known supply.
These two simple properties of bitcoin provide solutions to many of the problems of fiat money. To learn more, here are a few resources from some of the best minds in the bitcoin space.
Watch Gradually Then Suddenly Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 with Parker Lewis on the What Bitcoin Did podcast. Parker's the Head of Business Development at Unchained Capital and a leading source of momentum in the bitcoin community.
This series is a great overall introduction to bitcoin. It dives deep into common concerns. And discusses money from first principles. It explores why bitcoin is a solution to many of the problems with money throughout history. You can find Parker’s entire series of essays here.
Here you can watch Bitcoin as an investment grade, safe-haven treasury reserve asset with Michael Saylor and Ross Stevens.
Michael is the CEO of MicroStrategy. And Ross is the CEO of Stone Ridge and the Executive Chairman of NYDIG. Ross has a clear understanding of what bitcoin means for businesses and makes a compelling case for widespread adoption.
This Machine Greens, directed by Jamie King is presented by Swan Bitcoin. This 30-minute film is a documentary addressing the criticisms of bitcoin’s energy use. It makes the case that bitcoin’s
energy use actually incentivizes the broader adoption of green energy. And it makes fossil fuel energy production more efficient. For more on this topic you can read Bitcoin Mining Is Reshaping the Energy Sector and No One Is Talking About It by Nic Carter.
Bitcoin and the American Dream was written by a group of passionate bitcoiners, including several members of our Board of Directors. If you’d like to learn more about how bitcoin is proving to be a valuable tool for financial freedom, you can get your own copy of Bitcoin and the American Dream here. It’s now available as an audiobook too, read by Guy Swann.
Alex Gladstein is the Chief Strategy Officer of the Human Rights Foundation. He's also one of the most eloquent writers and speakers about the humanitarian case for bitcoin. Some of his highlighted pieces are:
Bitcoin’s innovations have led to the creation of thousands of alternatives to the original technology. What's different about bitcoin? Is there room for thousands of alternatives to exist and thrive? Should they?
Bitcoin Magazine's Pete Rizzo answers these questions and more in:
Against Cryptocurrency: The Ethical Argument for Bitcoin Maximalism.
Bitcoin Magazine, "Bitcoin Mining Can Prevent Climate Change" 2022
NYDIG, "Bitcoin Banking Survey" 2021
Newsweek, "Governments Should Invest in the Bitcoin Network" 2021
CCI, “Analysis of Bitcoin in Illicit Finance" 2021
NYDIG, “Bitcoin Net Zero” 2021
Human Rights Foundation, Why Bitcoin Matters for Freedom” 2021
Microstrategy, Letter to the FASB, 2021
Bitcoin Magazine, "The Proposal to Regulate Digital Asset Transactions Should be Struck" 2021
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