Ep. 116: Bitcoin is Venice. | Allen Farrington & Sacha Meyers

December 10, 2022
Trent Fowler

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How would you respond if I told you 'Bitcoin is Venice'?
If you're anything like me, you'll probably be confused. "Venice is a city, what on Earth does it have to do with a cryptocurrency?"
I sympathize, that's how I felt when I first heard about Allen and Sacha's epochal book of the same name.
Then I read it, and I've since become convinced that the authors are two of the keenest and most wide-ranging minds in all of Bitcoin. 
Their basic thesis is fascinating: Venice was a Renaissance city-state that sat at the transition from the old feudal system to a new, freer, and more productive economic order. The people of Venice probably didn't think of themselves that way, but with the benefit of hindsight, we can see that the Venetian models of governance, finance, and trade would come to be the template that ultimately remade Europe.
Bitcoin, they believe, will do the same thing for money. 
While making their case and spelling out its implications, Allen and Sacha touch upon economics, capital theory, political philosophy, history, and even soil science.
(Yes, really!)
In our interview with them, we talk about how they approached this monumental research project, how their views has evolved, and what they think about the future of bitcoin. 

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