The neoliberals preach that the market is the unforgiving arbiter of all political action; but they absolve themselves from its rule. — Philip Mirowski

Economics is Performative

homo economicus” — the notion that humans are rational agents that pursue maximum pleasure/gain for minimum sacrifice — is a myth. …


“The neoliberals preach that the market is the unforgiving arbiter of all political action; but they absolve themselves from its rule.” — Philip Mirowski

homo economicus” — the notion that humans are rational agents that pursue maximum pleasure/gain for minimum sacrifice — is a myth. …


Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in the Digital Age by Steven Levy (2002)

Disclosure: This is another edition to summaries of social science literature. Please note that these summaries are intended to scratch the surface and function more as guidelines to book chapters. One should not solely rely on these summaries to gain knowledge but rather use them to elicit an appetite for…


Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency by Finn Brunton (2019)

Brunton vividly paints a montage of the various projects, experiments, and subcultures that underwrote the pre-history of Bitcoin. …


Andy Greenberg — This Machine Kills Secrets (2012)

Greenberg provides a detailed history of leaking, whistleblowing, exposing secrets, cryptography, and anonymity. It is overall an excellent text for understanding the autobiographical details of important hackers and leakers, where we get a good sense of their ethical dispositions. The book allows the reader to comprehend how people in whistleblowing…


Death is the ultimate mystery. It is thus unsurprising how many hubristic technologists have decided to take up “death” as the ultimate problem to be solved. Currently, a plethora of ideas and experiments circulate within technological and scientific circles that are dedicated to anti-aging and life resurrection initiatives. Thanks to…


Crypto Twitter is going insane over Facebook’s announcement of Libra.

The Libra mission: A simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.

Reinvent money. Transform the global economy. So people everywhere can live better lives.

However, it is still premature to speculate whether Libra is a good…


Many blockchain enthusiasts would argue that the blockchain hype did a lot of disservice to the cryptocurrency and the blockchain world. They are right — it created many false expectations and instilled vast yet empty hopes into the public’s imagination. …

Ann Brody

PhD Student of Communication Studies (crypto and blockchain)

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