Crypto Hunters: Why Elites are Anxious About Cryptocurrencies

Over the last decade, while we have lived through the ebbs and flows of global crises, triumphs, and changes, a ‘paradigm shift’ has been happening across a network of interconnected computers. This shift began in 2008 when the pseudonymous ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unveiled his new project: a trustless peer-to-peer network of monetary transactions that would be recorded on a decentralized public ledger. This new version of ‘electronic cash’ was called Bitcoin. A Bitcoin is created by computers attempting to solve a cryptographic algorithm—a process known as “mining”—which are then ‘rewarded’ with units of monetary representation for having solved the block of code. […]

The Ghosts of Extremism

On December 16, 2016, Berlin residents and tourists were sipping mulled wine, chowing down sausages, and marveling at the glowing Christmas trees that filled the Breitscheidplatz in the German capital. Moments later, disaster struck: a semi-truck with Polish license plates plowed through the crowds of holiday shoppers, destroying vendor stands, and sending debris flying across the square. It was the worst terrorist attack Germany had ever experienced, resulting in the deaths of 12 people and injuring 56 more. It later turned out that the attacker had long been tailed by German intelligence, and after his documents and fingerprints were found in the […]

The Perils of Modern Revolution

Amid a pandemic of unprecedented proportions, U.S. cities like Portland, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Seattle have sweltered in the summer heat and raged with flames. Passions have run wild in the streets, with buildings and businesses torched, and statues torn down by mobs intent on vigilante justice. In fact, “social justice” has risen from the ashes to become the new dogma du jour and being “woke” is in vogue. To those of us watching from afar, this was a moment we could have predicted. Though many have been reluctant to admit it, certain demographics in the U.S. have indeed faced forms […]