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Why don’t we do what we know is good for us?

We Jews just finished the month of Elul which constitutes a time of t’shuvah before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. T’shuvah is commonly translated as “repentance,” although this is a poor semantic representation for the Jewish concept. The process of t’shuvah, at its core, is a return to self, to our inner truths – the word in Hebrew, תשובה‎ – literally means, “return.” T’shuvah is the return to the things we know to be true, to be valuable for

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The Age Of “Whatever It Takes” Economic Policies

And what it means for all of us Central banks are in deep — like “$250 trillion dollars and 50x leveraged” deep. What do central banks do when basically the LAST THING ANYONE EVER EXPECTS happens? What do central banks do when a global pandemic threatens to disrupt the house of cards they’ve spent 20 years so carefully constructing? They do whatever it f**king takes, that’s what. What does that mean? It means unprecedented money printing. It means stimulus measures.

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My Two Cents: What is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)?

A Pocket Guide To Modern Monetary Theory and Why It Matters Part 1: The Financial System Laid Bare Part 2: What is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)? Part 3: What MMT Means For You, Bitcoin, and the Future of Our Economy Hopefully, you read Part 1 and now have a strong grasp on the foundations of our financial system. Part 2 builds on that foundation. It’s all about Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). MMT is the modern evolution of our financial system and

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My Two Cents: The Financial System Laid Bare

A Pocket Economics Guide To Where Money Comes From There’s a reason financial cons are everywhere. Because they’re easy. I think it’s because money intimidates people. Their eyes kind of glaze over when they hear the words ‘interest rates.’ Like yours probably did when you read “Modern Monetary Theory.” And it’s made intentionally more complicated by those people whose job it is to convince others that finances are not to be self-managed — that our financial system is so complicated that only they

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Libra Is Not A Gateway Cryptocurrency

Libra is the offshore oil rig of data collection. Drill baby drill. Oh Facebook. I remember when you were just a kid, full of people’s lunch menus, workout pics, and the occasional political ramble (OK, so some things never change). Now you’re trying to create a cryptocurrency. It was easy to be excited when Libra was first announced. This must mean big things for Bitcoin and for cryptocurrencies of all sorts. That excitement quickly died. It’s honestly a shame Facebook is

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What Crypto Can Learn From Russia’s War On Telegram

Telegram’s war with Russian authorities may soon become crypto’s war — we should learn wisely Lessons from Telegram and lessons from ZenGo: Building decentralized and censorship services in a centralized world Telegram has been the white horse in the battle for data protection, privacy, and open-source software. They’ve taken on Russian censorship head-on, reportedly survived multiple FBI infiltration attempts, and faced down crackdowns by at least 6 different countries. What many crypto and blockchain proponents fail to understand is that Telegram’s war will

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The Lightning Network: Bitcoin’s Future or a Failure In The Making?

The Comprehensive, Non-techies’ Guide To The Lightning Network Try to read blockchain news without coming across references to the Lightning Network (LN). Crypto Twitter and Reddit are on fire with discussions about the Bitcoin scaling solution, and rightfully so! The network has exploded in recent months and actual products are being purchased with the help of Lightning. Browse casually and it may seem like Lightning is the solution to all our scalability problems — Bitcoin’s long-awaited Messiah. If only things were so

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The War For The Soul Of Cryptocurrency

Under The Guise Of “Protecting The Consumer,” Crypto Regulation Might Destroy All That Is Good Imagine if we embraced the Cryptocurrency craze — even with all the scams and greed — for what it is? What if, instead of regulating it, we let it run virtually unchecked — if instead of focusing on its shortcomings, we lauded its accomplishments? Because, today, we are in desperate need of a paradigm shift. Since the crash, we are now faced with our biggest challenge yet, and the ideology is in

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