Resistance Money: A Philosophical Case for Bitcoin

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About the Author

Andrew M. Bailey is Associate Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

Bradley Rettler is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming, USA.

Craig Warmke is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, USA.


"Resistance Money may be the best bitcoin book you'll ever read. It is a non-extremist defense of bitcoin. The authors don't claim bitcoin will replace the U.S. dollar. They don't claim bitcoin will put banks out of business. They don't claim non-bitcoin financial assets are inherently fraudulent or fragile. In place of the bold and unsupported claims found in other bitcoin books, the authors offer a remarkably reasonable view: the world is better off with bitcoin than without it." -- William J. Luther, Florida Atlantic University

"Resistance Money is the most-accessible and engaging bitcoin book to date. It will appeal to novices and veterans alike who want to understand why bitcoin was created and why it is a singular new technology. The authors are experienced educators, and the book is perfectly pitched for the classroom and for students encountering bitcoin for the first time. Finally, Resistance Money will serve the wider Crypto world, and anyone hoping to learn why the bitcoin community is so passionately committed to it alone." --Paul J. Dylan-Ennis, University College Dublin

"In a world where bitcoin's success is often equated solely with dollar price action, Resistance Money presents a refreshing perspective. Rather than fixating on Number Go Up, this thoughtful book introduces an alternative yardstick for assessing bitcoin's true impact: its potential for fostering prosocial change. Resistance Money explores the myriad plausible benefits that bitcoin could offer, challenging both critics and advocates to look beyond surface-level metrics and evaluate, on their own terms, whether bitcoin has the capacity to fulfill its promises of empowerment and societal transformation." -- Micah Warren, University of Oregon, author of Bitcoin: A Game-Theoretic Analysis

"Resistance Money is a piece of world-class scholarship that illuminates bitcoin's role in the world today as a way of resisting oppression. It is an open-minded academic exploration of bitcoin's technology, incentive structure, externalities, and global impact. The book is accessible to all, including those with no previous knowledge of bitcoin. It will leave them packed with insights about the rise of Satoshi's new monetary technology and where it might take us tomorrow." --Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer, Human Rights Foundation