The 13 Books You Need to Become a Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Jedi

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1. The Sovereign Individual

In many ways, this text, written in the late 9’90s projects a future path for the rise of Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and blockchain. There are a great number of key figures in the technology industry focussing on this text as an indicator of where the future of the world is headed towards.

Money wants to be free, but while it is controlled by central banks and manipulated by governments for selfish endeavors it never can be. Ultimately it is a technology that can be disrupted like any other, but unlike others, certain expectations are baked deep within due to cultural norms. The sovereign individual provides a roadmap towards this future and provides an understanding of how you will personally participate and prosper.

2. Debt the First 5000 Years

First and foremost, Debt the first 5000 years is an anthropologist study of people and our perception of self. What it uses to achieve this is our relationship with money, and utilization of debt as a weapon to multiply differences and control. There’s a reason that the words host, hostage, hostility and hospitality are all derived from the same root. Relationships are intimately linked to our concept of worth, and our ability to maintain knowledge of who owes us what.

Debt and our relationship with it affect our future as much as anything else. Understanding the mechanisms of how it is evolved, how deep concepts of debt, guilt, and reciprocity permeate every facet of our life, as well as how it has been forgiven at times throughout history to achieve certain things, is crucial to understanding what money is, but equally what it isn’t.

3. Money: The Unauthorised Biography

Recounting tales throughout history, the author details a path for the future of exchange. Ironically its initial premise is based on the fact the story of money we are all taught is wrong. Barter as a mechanism of exchange has never existed yet the world persists on peddling falsehoods to ease the digestions of how we got to where we are now.

4. Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World

Blockchain will revolutionize almost every industry and this book provides insights to the extent that it will. Critically it makes you consider how it could apply to your life. It helps you frame the current problems you face in a way that blockchain could provide a solution. It alters the mindset of the reader by facilitating a deeper understanding of what’s possible.

This book won’t teach you how to build a blockchain, but it will introduce you to the technology that has enabled its evolution to this point. It will provide a route to the future through current understanding. If you want no understanding of the technology, this is where to start.

5. The Wealth of Nations

Economics grew as a discipline following this text and it is filled with wisdom which persists to this day. Reading this might not have value in the traditional sense, meaning it’s teaching can be gleaned from other sources, rather it enables you to understand part of the world that aren’t as fixed as you imagine. The value I took from it was in understanding how certain thoughts grew to prominence and which can be ignored, altered or forgotten.

6. The General Theory of Employment

This book provides background and understanding of government economic policy, indicating why it traveled down the path it did. This involves insights into why their spending is focussed on certain areas, why budgetary deficits emerged, the types of monetary interventions that can be applied to markets to direct growth, as well as counter-cyclical policies.

Mostly, it provides clarity of vision for the evolution of economics from the 1930s through to today. It questions the suitability of free-market economics to make the best decisions for economic development and prosperity. Where Smith advocates for the invisible hand, Keynes’ view was that it can be directed to pursue certain agendas. Rightly or wrongly this is the way that the Eastern hemisphere progressed and it is what we are dealing with today.

7. Cryptocurrencies Simply Explained

This book provides a coherent argument of why Cryptocurrencies will supplant Fiat money while establishing a roadmap of how we will get there. If you have ever found yourself asking fundamental questions of how and why blockchain emerged this fills almost all the gaps while helping you form your questions and answers to the most important question in the space.

8. Lombard Street-A Description of the Money Market

Lombard Street is known for its analysis of the Bank of England’s response to the Overend-Gurney crisis. Bagehot’s advice (sometimes referred to as “Bagehot’s dictum”) for the lender of last resort during a credit crunch is summarized as follows: Lend freely > at a high rate of interest > on good banking securities.

This book is a blueprint for how most governments have tried to avert disaster through time. Understanding that becomes a central component to the understanding of how we will deal crisis in the future. Crypto and blockchain emerge as alternatives in this murky world of high-level corporate finance. What is refreshing about this is how easy to consume it is. In a world which employ purposefully obscuring terms to prevent participation or understanding, this books pulls back the curtain.

9. The Ethics of Money Production

In my opinion, Cryptocurrency is the answer to many of the questions and paradoxes highlighted within. By decoupling money, wealth and finance from a government we unshackle society from control. Where we are helpless against arbitrary decisions imposed on us, we can’t dictate the terms of our participation. Consensus must emerge where we are responsible for our fate economically, and isn’t this what we should all be striving for? Ultimately if we can’t control the production of money, we can control our fate.

10. Money and Trade Considered: With a Proposal for Supplying the Nation with Money

Sure his economic theories might have led to one of the largest bubbles in history (read the Mississippi company), but like many technologies that emerge, I would argue that this was simply too innovative for the time. The world has changed since then, instantaneous transfer of data is now possible to ensure the level of transparency required to realize the vision of the world he painted.

Law wanted to democratize wealth in a way that the bourgeois of the day would never entertain. We are currently faced with the same problem. Governments and regulators determine who can participate in certain types of wealth-generating vehicles multiplying the gap between the richest 1% and the remaining 99%. If we are to emerge into a fairer more equitable society we must find ways to decentralize and democratize the existing system. Law suggested ways which this can be achieved which need to be analyzed and understood in more detail.

11. Cryptonomicon

In Cryptonomicon Stephen delves into the Histories of nations and the internal desires of humanities, identifying the virtues and forces that have shaped the emergence of the world in the last 100 years. Taking actual events — the cracking of the Axis codes in WWII through to the establishment of the southeast Asian ‘data haven’ — the novel explores the overlapping themes of data, secrecy, and war.

Cryptonomicon is a deep dive into the implication of information and technology and their likely consequences as we evolve. Blockchain and cryptocurrency are natural bedfellows, providing a route to our participation and protection.

12. The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking

Why was Mary Queen of Scotts beheaded? Someone broke the code on her correspondence with those who sought to execute the queen of England of the time. How did we crack the enigma code and ultimately turn the tide on our success in the second world war? Where did codes emerge from and where are they going? Cryptocurrency isn’t the future because it offers an alternative currency, it is because it’s safer and more secure by employing codes that can’t be broken and immutable ledgers. This protects us in ways that traditional money can’t.

Cryptography and encryption have traveled through time as humanity required ways to keep secrets. Our ability to remain in front of codebreakers while cracking the codes of those who seek to do us harm is critical to our continued safety within an increasingly complex technologically derived world. Naivety isn’t an excuse, you need to understand how you are protected and what makes you vulnerable. This is how you begin to.

13. A World After Capital

Understanding this enables you to participate in the next wave of innovation forthcoming. Blockchain and Cryptocurrency are the mechanisms which will enable you to maintain control of lives most valuable commodity when this paradigm emerges. In many ways, we are already aware of this exploitation. To Facebook, Google and almost every technology company we are the product they exploit and profit from. Our attention is exploited for the sake of selling advertising characterizing us as mere zombies implicit in this dance.

A world after capital challenged us to invent ways in which this scarcity can be directed for good. How can the reward mechanism emerge which reward creators of products services and content with little to no friction? How will the world employ novel technologies for the good of mankind? Those questions are yet to be answered but this book indicates the likely scenarios that will emerge.

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