Every ambitious person’s life in America as far as I can tell is a complex, often irreconcilable interplay between greed and idealism.

When Vitalik Buterin stepped out in front of the several dozen of us gathered at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, CA my heart leaped into my throat…

There are lots of reasons people become addicts. The one most often described by the media, or witnessed by the average person first hand in the streets, is the lost soul, the one who never found his or her place in society and so turned to drugs to numb the…

How crypto reveals the absurdity of everything.

One reason crypto makes people so uncomfortable is how surgically it mocks culturally constructed value. “How can Bitcoin be worth anything if it’s not backed by anything?” goes the boomer refrain. This triggers a chorus of jeers from Bitcoiners who point (or post memes) at the US Dollar’s lack of…

“What a piece of work is a man!” cries Hamlet as he laments Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s savage double-cross. They morph from Hamlet’s childhood friends into sleazy middlemen, spying on behalf of King Claudius. The divide between man’s potential for trust and life’s double-dealing, rotten reality lays Hamlet low in depression.

Note: I published an early, less fleshed post on similar themes here. But I’ve added enough new content to warrant a separate post.

Early 90s Wired Cover Depicting the Cypherpunks who laid the groundwork for Bitcoin.

“Money is beautiful only when it’s flowing; when it piles up it’s a hang-up.” — an advertising manager for the San Francisco Oracle in 1967

Satoshi Nakamoto is dead. Although his wife would say he’s just hibernating. …

Dean Patrick

Stanford B.A. Economics. Former Hedge Fund Manager. Author: God Money (book in progress). Follow me: https://twitter.com/deanofprivacy

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