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524 Saifedean Ammous: The Bitcoin Standard

“The Bitcoin Standard explores the historical context, economic principles, and potential implications of Bitcoin as a decentralized digital currency and store of value.”



In "The Bitcoin Standard," Saifedean Ammous provides a comprehensive analysis of Bitcoin, delving into its historical foundations, economic principles, and potential impact on the future of money. Ammous argues that Bitcoin represents a groundbreaking form of decentralized digital currency and store of value, offering an alternative to traditional fiat currencies prone to inflation and central control. Drawing from historical precedents and economic theories, the book explores the potential societal and economic transformations that may result from Bitcoin's widespread adoption.


  1. Title: The Bitcoin Standard 
  2. Author: Saifedean Ammous
  3. Publishing Year: 2018 
  4. Publisher: Wiley 
  5. Length in Hours: 11 hrs and 16 mins

5 main ideas

  1. Bitcoin's emergence is rooted in historical monetary systems, where sound money based on scarcity and fungibility has consistently outperformed fiat currencies subject to inflationary policies.
  2. Bitcoin's decentralized nature, enabled by blockchain technology, eliminates the need for trusted third parties and allows individuals to control their own financial transactions and store value securely.
  3. The limited supply and built-in scarcity of Bitcoin ensure its potential as a long-term store of value, comparable to precious metals like gold.
  4. Bitcoin has the potential to disrupt traditional financial systems, challenging the role of central banks and offering individuals greater financial sovereignty and protection against inflation.
  5. Adoption of Bitcoin requires a shift in societal and economic thinking, as individuals and institutions recognize its value and potential to transform global finance.

5 funny quotes

  1. "Bitcoin is like digital gold, but without the hassle of storing heavy bars or worrying about pirates." - Saifedean Ammous
  2. "Investing in Bitcoin is like being part of a secret club with its own language, memes, and a touch of financial rebellion." - Saifedean Ammous
  3. "Bitcoin allows you to send money across borders faster than you can say 'international wire transfer fees'." - Saifedean Ammous
  4. "Buying Bitcoin is like playing the lottery, except the odds are based on mathematical algorithms rather than blind luck." - Saifedean Ammous
  5. "Forget about traditional banks. With Bitcoin, you become your own bank, complete with a virtual vault and digital security guards." - Saifedean Ammous

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "Bitcoin represents a radical new approach to money that has the potential to change the world's economic landscape." - Saifedean Ammous
  2. "The existing financial system is built on a shaky foundation of debt and inflation, while Bitcoin offers a sound and transparent alternative." - Saifedean Ammous
  3. "Governments and central banks may resist, but they cannot stop the rise of Bitcoin and the decentralized revolution it represents." - Saifedean Ammous
  4. "Bitcoin is not just a digital currency; it is a philosophical movement that challenges the power structures of the financial world." - Saifedean Ammous
  5. "The time for Bitcoin has come. It is a technological innovation that promises financial freedom and autonomy for individuals around the globe." - Saifedean Ammous

5 dilemmas

  1. The dilemma of adopting sound money principles in a world dominated by fiat currencies and central banking systems.
  2. The challenge of overcoming skepticism and resistance from traditional financial institutions and regulators regarding the use of Bitcoin as a monetary standard.
  3. Balancing the benefits of decentralization and the potential risks associated with new and untested financial technologies like Bitcoin.
  4. The dilemma of transitioning from a debt-based economic system to a savings-oriented one when embracing sound money principles.
  5. Addressing the potential environmental impact of Bitcoin mining and its energy consumption, considering its increasing adoption.

5 examples

  1. The United States' shift from the gold standard to a fiat-based monetary system.
  2. Analysis of how hyperinflation in Venezuela and Zimbabwe affected their economies.
  3. The 2008 global financial crisis and its implications for monetary policies.
  4. The use of gold as a standard in historical societies like ancient Rome.
  5. The emergence of cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase and Binance.

Referenced books

  1. "The Theory of Money and Credit" by Ludwig von Mises
  2. "The Mystery of Banking" by Murray N. Rothbard
  3. "Human Action: A Treatise on Economics" by Ludwig von Mises
  4. "The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World" by Niall Ferguson
  5. "Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies" by Andreas M. Antonopoulos

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