Alex Gladstein

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Nov 10 2021

The End Of Super Imperialism

How the U.S. succeeded in turning the dream of monetary imperialism into our current inequitable reality, and how Bitcoin offers a new standard.In 1972, one year after President Richard Nixon defaulted on the dollar and formally took the United States off of the gold standard for good, the financial historian and analyst Michael Hudson...

Oct 13 2021

The Quest For Digital Cash

How Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin project married the concepts of digital cash and digital gold and how pioneering cryptographer Adam Back continues the work of making it a better tool for freedom.One summer day in August 2008, Adam Back got an email from Satoshi Nakamoto.It was the first time Nakamoto had reached out to anyone about a new project that the pseudonymous...

Sep 16 2021

The Village And The Strongman: The Unlikely Story Of Bitcoin And El Salvador

Tracing Bitcoin’s journey in El Salvador, from new hope in a small village to a new law by an increasingly authoritarian government.I. As Fast As LightningI was standing in a small coffee shop just off of an unpaved street, in a Central American village with no traffic lights, an hour’s drive west on curvy jungle roads from the nearest major city....

Aug 26 2021

Finding Financial Freedom In Afghanistan

A pioneering female CEO has been promoting Bitcoin in Afghanistan since 2013 and sees it needed in her home country now more than ever.Roya Mahboob — the first female Afghan tech CEO, one of TIME’s most influential people in the world and one of the first entrepreneurs to introduce Bitcoin...

Aug 11 2021

Inside Cuba’s Bitcoin Revolution

As political demonstrations show the world that Cubans are tired of dictatorship, Bitcoin is providing an option to peacefully protest and opt out of a broken system.Lucia is a 30-year-old medical worker and Bitcoin user living in Matanzas, a city of about 150,000 people sitting about 50 miles east of Havana on Cuba’s northern coast. Named after an aboriginal rebellion against Spanish...

Jul 22 2021

Can Bitcoin Be Palestine’s Currency Of Freedom?

Bitcoin gives Palestinians a powerful avenue for peaceful protest, and the opportunity to find sovereignty among oppressive economic policies.One day last week I spoke to a Bitcoin user inside the Gaza Strip.He asked to remain anonymous and go by the name Uqab — the Arabic word for “eagle” — as he took a large personal risk to talk to me.We...

Jul 04 2021

Bitcoin And The American Idea

Has America strayed from its founding ideals? An activist and a refugee think Bitcoin can help it get back on track.Today, Americans celebrate 245 years of independence from the British Empire.On this day in 1776, our Founding Fathers declared:“We … the Representatives of the united States of America … in the Name, and by Authority of the good People...

Jun 23 2021

Fighting Monetary Colonialism With Open-Source Code

France still uses monetary colonialism to exploit 15 African nations. Could Bitcoin be a way out?In the fall of 1993, Fodé Diop’s family was saving up for his future. A brilliant 18-year-old living in Senegal, Fodé had a bright path in front of him as a basketball player and an engineer. His father, a school teacher, had helped him find inspiration in...

Jun 07 2021

Bitcoin is The Only Way Out: The Jack Dorsey Interview

Square and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discussed the global adoption of Bitcoin at length with Human Rights Foundation’s Alex Gladstein.On Friday, June 4, at Bitcoin 2021 in Miami, I had the opportunity to interview Square and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the global adoption of Bitcoin and the future of money and social media. Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.Alex...

May 26 2021

The Humanitarian And Environmental Case For Bitcoin

Bitcoin can reduce aid corruption, help end dependency and bootstrap renewable energy for emerging markets.Can Bitcoin reduce aid corruption, help end dependency and bootstrap renewable energy for emerging markets?Bitcoin is typically thought of as an investment and a strictly financial innovation.But what if some of its greatest impact over time ends up being in the humanitarian and...

May 12 2021

Check Your Financial Privilege

May 12 2021 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  africa culture ethiopia nigeria sudan

While those comfortable in the dollar bubble deride Bitcoin, the stories of three emerging market users demonstrate why it is so important.In the eyes of most Western elites, investors, journalists and academics, Bitcoin rates anywhere from an annoyance to a disaster.Just a few days ago, American billionaire Charlie Munger described Bitcoin as “...

Apr 28 2021

Uncovering The Hidden Costs Of The Petrodollar

Apr 28 2021 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  culture oil petrodollar u.s. u.s. dollar

The world’s reserve currency relies on oil, dictators, inequality and the military-industrial complex. But a Bitcoin standard could change this.In its growth from conceptual white paper to trillion-dollar asset, Bitcoin has attracted an enormous amount of criticism. Detractors focus on its perceived negative externalities: energy consumption, carbon footprint, lack of centralized control and inability to be...

Apr 15 2021

Bitcoin Is A Trojan Horse For Freedom

Apr 15 2021 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  culture freedom

While bitcoin is powerful Number Go Up technology that appeals to self interest, it’s also creating fortresses against authority in cyberspace.In Book II of Virgil’s epic poem “The Aeneid,” one of the most iconic plotlines of classical mythology unfolds with trickery and subterfuge. The Greek forces, having failed to capture the City of Troy after a...

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