88. Is bitcoin good money? A debate with Paul Frijters

Is Bitcoin Good? Debating a Nocoiner Economist

In this episode Saifedean invites back Professor Paul Frijters of the London School of Economics to debate whether bitcoin is a good form of money. Saifedean makes the case for money as a market phenomenon, and argues that bitcoin has the scarcity, divisibility, fungibility and transportability that humans have historically valued in monies. Paul presents his problems with bitcoin's deflationary nature, and questions whether bitcoin mining is a zero-sum game, and whether the fact that people hold bitcoin really demonstrates its value. The debate moves on to discuss the desired role of government in society, how bitcoin affects it, and whether government force is legitimate.


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