Blockchain and the State: Vehicle or Vice?

Zachary Rogers

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As ultramodern as they may seem, cryptocurrencies and their underlying distributed ledger technology (commonly referred to as the blockchain), represent the intertwined evolution of two prosaic yet fundamental pillars of civilisation: money and accounting. From the earliest issuance of barter tokens, to coins of precious metal, paper notes, then digital strings of ones and zeros – and the single and double-entry ledger accounting methods used to record transactions and ownership by trading houses and the first banks – one feature of these two pillars has been ubiquitous and constant: centralisation.


  • Blockchain
  • governance
  • cryptocurrencies
  • Bitcoin


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