Wired opinion piece: Bitcoin and the Meaning of Money

Sovereign governments everywhere are petrified. An ingenious new invention that allows people to make payments across borders without leaving a trace in the official monetary system is spreading like wildfire. Its workings are so clever that few understand them. It’s backed by some of the leading entrepreneurs of the day. The embattled establishment is warning that the state’s right to regulate finance is being undermined.

Bitcoin, 2014?

Indeed.  But as it happens, this was also precisely the playbook for the birth of modern banking in sixteenth century Europe.

You can read here what I think this Old World precedent has to teach us about the prospects for bitcoin in an opinion piece I published in Wired on March 31, 2014.