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Elon, Land, and Stablecoins

I haven't written for a couple of weeks. I've been down with some Covid-like virus. The good news is I'm feeling better, and you get three articles this week instead of one. The upcoming cohort of Hype-Free Crypto begins in 10 days. Join us for a hands-on introduction to Blockchains,

Elon, Land, and Stablecoins
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Harberger's Office

A radical tax system can make cities more vibrant and affordable. Crypto can help.

Harberger's Office
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Freedom and Flatbread

I am on vacation for a couple more weeks, and so is the newsletter. This evening, we're celebrating Passover, in which we commemorate the Exodus from Egypt and the emancipation of Jewish slaves. This year, I am celebrating with my extended family after being kept apart by deaths, births, and

Freedom and Flatbread
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The Military-Industrial Memeplex

When memes collaborate, humans make bad decisions.

The Military-Industrial Memeplex
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Abrogation Theory

In a world with unlimited information, thinking for yourself is irrational.

Abrogation Theory
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Gays, Jews, and Geniuses

The 21st Century will enable more outcasts and weirdos to flourish. The world needs to get ready.

Gays, Jews, and Geniuses
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My Enemy's Money is My Friend

A world in which information flows freely is much more dangerous for tyrants than it is for America. And the same is true for money.

My Enemy's Money is My Friend
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Regulation, Abstraction, and Discord Grinders

🚀 Looking for a Corporate Crypto Course? Give your team a hands-on introduction to Blockchains, Decentralized Finance, and Web3 with our private corporate cohorts. Learn more here. This is the 3rd issue of Hype Free, a newsletter about the future of the internet and digital assets. If you're not yet a

Regulation, Abstraction, and Discord Grinders
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Crypto and the War in Ukraine

How are cryptocurrencies being used in the war in Ukraine? How will recent sanctions affect the evolution of crypto markets? What are the main insights and dilemmas highlighted by this conflict?

Crypto and the War in Ukraine
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Apeing into War

Crypto tokens don't just finance wars. They incentivize more people to join the fight.

Apeing into War
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Global Money, Global War

A crowd with a bank account meets an army with an overdraft.

Global Money, Global War
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The Meme Leak Theory

China is banning memes. America is developing immunity.

The Meme Leak Theory
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Hype-Free Web3

Demystifying the future of the internet and digital assets.

Hype-Free Web3
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Perpetual Gamma Squeeze

A "crowd with a bank account" is turning the economy — and society — on its head.

Perpetual Gamma Squeeze
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Visible Capital

Crypto makes the world more visible. This makes many people uncomfortable.

Visible Capital
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Progress and Volatility

Why the next big thing will look like a scam

Progress and Volatility
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Impossibly Useless

Welcome to the future: Work is leisure; communities are corporations; and every person is both an investor and a financial product.

Impossibly Useless
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Ponzi and the City

Urban economics explains the evolution of Web3. And vice versa.

Ponzi and the City
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Stalin in the Metaverse

New ecosystems cannot create old monsters. But they can create new ones. Here's what we can do about it.

Stalin in the Metaverse
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GitHub Shrugged

Open-Source developers provide free resources to giant corporations. Until they don't.

GitHub Shrugged
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Unpacking the Web3 Sausage

Crypto is interesting for the freedom it enables, not for the freedom users currently care about. (a response to Moxie)

Unpacking the Web3 Sausage
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Snow Day

No newsletter today. We got a lot of snow last night, and I am spending the day shoveling and completing other missions. Looking for something good to read or listen to in the meantime? Check out: Packy McCormick's The Laboratory of Complex Problems Walter Kirn's The Power and the SilenceThe

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Don't show Me the Money

The blockchain will disappear. But first, it will uncover a whole new world.

Don't show Me the Money
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The Unchained Web

In 2021, the internet figured out how to generate its own goods, enforce its own rules, and take what it needs from the outside world.

The Unchained Web
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In Praise of Ponzis

A new economic model is emerging. Here's why it makes sense.

In Praise of Ponzis
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Crossing the Bank

A single currency is a perfect solution for a low-information world. We no longer live in one.

Crossing the Bank
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Crypto Quentin and Non-Fungible Taylor

NFTs will not replace copyright law. They will make it redundant.

Crypto Quentin and Non-Fungible Taylor
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GitHub for X

The 2020s will do to knowledge work what the 2010s did to unskilled labor.

GitHub for X
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Crypto and the Conservation of Centralization

You can't decentralize the web. You can only kill old winners and pick new ones. Here's how.

Crypto and the Conservation of Centralization
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Friday!

🐣 We have a new baby boy, so no newsletter this week. 🔐 The first cohort of Hype-Free Crypto is sold out. To get on the list for January, reply to this email or drop your email here.   🚀 The 10th cohort of Future-Proof Real Estate kicks off next week. There's never been

Friday!