Why Bitcoin, The Series
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Welcome to Why Bitcoin. Each article in this series is:
- Short — only 2–4 minutes at most to read;
- Entirely accessible to newcomers to Bitcoin; and
- Offers some new perspective to even the most experienced Bitcoiners
Bitcoin is a vast subject, with countless facets, angles and perspectives. It can be looked at, thought about and appreciated in many ways. By writing very short pieces I hope to take a single snapshot of Bitcoin from a different perspective with each one, so that the reader may upon finishing, better understand the whole.
I hope you find these articles helpful, informative, enjoyable and enlightening.
This entire series (plus a 26th bonus article) is available as a pdf or kindle ebook at https://swanbitcoin.com/whybitcoin.
1. Why Choose Bitcoin
Why Choose Bitcoin?
The remarkable answer to this question lies in the fact that you can even ask it.
Bitcoin is money you need to choose. So why should you?
2. Why Bitcoin’s Rules are Enforced by Physics
Why Bitcoin’s Rules Are Enforced by Physics
The German Autobahn highways have no legally enforced speed limit. The laws of physics are the only limitations as to…
A powerful analogy to explain why using nature’s rules over man-made rules makes Bitcoin better money.
3. Why Bitcoin’s Buying Power Keeps Rising
Why Bitcoin’s Buying Power Keeps Rising
You work. You get paid. You trade your pay for the work that other people do.
Yes, the value of Bitcoin will continue to rise and you haven’t missed the boat. Find out why.
4. Why You Don’t Need Permission to Use Bitcoin
Why You Don’t Need Permission To Use Bitcoin
Bitcoin is really for everyone.
Imagine what would happen to you if someone could take away your permission to use money — and did!
5. Why Bitcoin is the New Frontier
Why Bitcoin is the New Frontier
For those with the curiosity to look, Bitcoin has emerged as a vast and mysterious space to explore with untold…
If you love and welcome adventure, danger and exploration, consider moving to Bitcoin.
6. Why It Takes Both Time AND Energy to Make Bitcoins
Why It Takes Both Time and Energy to Make Bitcoins
To earn money you have to put in time and work. For the sake of fairness, so too ten should the creation of money…
Since it takes your time and your energy to earn money honestly, and Bitcoin is honest money, it takes time and energy to make bitcoins.
7. Why Bitcoin’s Energy Use is Not Environmentally Harmful
Why Bitcoin’s Energy Use is Not Environmentally Harmful
You may have heard a criticism that Bitcoin uses lots of energy and that this is bad for the environment.
Three facets of Bitcoin’s energy use in three minutes. This one is a must read for those with environmental concerns regarding Bitcoin they’d like to understand.
8. Why Bitcoin is the Best Way to Save Money
Why Bitcoin is the Best Way to Save Money
What does the expression “save money” mean to you? Do you think it means putting dollars in a savings account at a…
What does saving money really mean in today’s inflationary times?
9. Why Nobody Can Stop Bitcoin
Why Nobody Can Stop Bitcoin
Just about every man-made thing can be stopped somehow. So how is it that Bitcoin can’t be?
How did someone start something that nobody else can stop.
10. Why and How Bitcoin Uses Energy?
Why and How Bitcoin Uses Energy
You’ve heard Bitcoin uses lots of energy. This is true.
If you want to understand why bitcoin uses energy, here’s the explanation.
11. Why Bitcoin’s Imitators Are Scams
Why Bitcoin’s Imitators Are Scams
Any “crypto” that relies on trust in humans is not a step forward from Bitcoin, but a step right back into what existed…
The central issue “cryptocurrency” is trust and the importance of not having to have any of it.
12. Why Everything That Should Hurt Bitcoin Only Makes It Stronger
Why Everything That Should Hurt Bitcoin Only Makes It Stronger
Bitcoin loves being attacked. It especially likes it when something tries to kill it. These things only make it…
Bitcoin keeps getting stronger despite the fact that it confronts challenges of increasing difficulty from ever stronger opponents. Although they don’t stay its opponents for long.
13. Why Bitcoin is the Path to Economic Stability
Why Bitcoin is the Path to Economic Stability
Critics say Bitcoin is volatile. In fact, it only looks that way because the ground they’re standing on is extremely…
Some people are warned off of Bitcoin because of allegations of volatility. This allegations are misplaced. Bitcoin is actually extremely stable and in the long term will provide the world with greater economic stability precisely because of its predictable, reliable and transparent guarantees.
14. Why Bitcoin is the World’s Most Inclusive Institution
Why Bitcoin is the World’s Most Inclusive Institution
Inclusivity is Good, But Hard. Bitcoin Solves This Problem In a Surprising Way.
How was Bitcoin designed to make it resist human biases towards unfair discrimination? And what does this mean for the ultimate adoption and value of Bitcoin?
15. Why You Should Care About Bitcoin
Why You Should Care About Bitcoin
The Money Civilization Uses is Changing, and You Should Care — Not Just For Your Own Sake, But for Civilization’s Sake…
Do you care about money? Do you care about civilization? You should probably care about Bitcoin then.
16. Why Bitcoin is So Much More Than Money
Why Bitcoin is So Much More Than Money
Bitcoin Is About to Change the World As Much As Other Incredible Inventions Have Previously
Don’t just think of Bitcoin as a new type of money. Think of the implications of a money that doesn’t have borders or institutions limiting it.
17. Why Bitcoin Is Not Like Anything You’ve Ever Seen Before
Why Bitcoin Is Not Like Anything You’ve Ever Seen Before
Because Bitcoin is So Different, To Understand What It Is, It Helps To Understand What It Isn’t.
Maybe the best way to start to understand Bitcoin is to understand what it isn’t and clear your mind of some presuppositions that don’t apply to it.
18. Why Bitcoin is the Most Important Thing Happening in the World
Why Bitcoin is the Most Important Thing Happening in The World
Bitcoin reverses the our trend towards collapse by returning us to a natural, long term orientation possible only with…
There’s a lot wrong in the world right now. Bitcoin aims to get to the heart of the matter.
19. Why Bitcoin is Worthy of Being Loved
Why Bitcoin is Worthy of Being Loved
What does it take to love-worthy? How does Bitcoin earn the love of millions?
Why do so many people love Bitcoin? Why might it be worthy of your love?
20. Why Bitcoin is So Complicated
Why Bitcoin is So Complicated
Good money in a complicated world requires some sophisticated engineering to design out corruptibility and build in…
If you’ve been told Bitcoin is too complicated, consider that lots of things, like computers, cars and airplanes are also very complicated, yet you still use them because they give you something you can’t get from any simpler technology.
21. Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Bitcoin
Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Bitcoin
Fear keeps us away from things we believe may be dangerous. But Bitcoin is beneficial to us, and we can learn about it…
Bitcoin is new and you’ll need to learn about it, but the benefits are well worth the effort, and the community is here to help.
22. Why Bitcoin’s Lightning Network is Incredible
Why Bitcoin’s Lightning Network is Incredible
The Lightning Network is an invention that gives new abilities to users. Here’s a non-technical explanation of how it…
Bitcoin’s design had to make some trade-offs, but the incredible invention of Lightning Network not only fixes some, but makes possible previously unimagined applications.
23. Why We Need Bitcoin
Why We Need Bitcoin
To be our magnificent selves we need to be free to be our magnificent selves. Free of masters. Free to choose.
Life can and should be an incredible experience lived out in an incredible world. We can make it happen. But we need something special for that.
24. Why the Bitcoin Community is Growing So Fast and Getting So Large
Why the Bitcoin Community is Growing So Fast and Getting So Large
Here’s a community that everyone in the world can join, and solves a problem everyone in the world has.
When anybody in the world is welcome to participate in a system that’s solving a problem everyone in the world has, it’s not surprising that it would attract huge numbers of committed devotees.
25. Why Bitcoin Exists
Why Bitcoin Exists
Why Create Bitcoin in the First Place? To provide something to mankind that has never existed before, and need never be…
Why did this thing get invented again? Maybe we should understand the problem it was trying to solve. This article aims to do exactly that.
Other relevant Bitcoin articles I’ve written:
Bitcoin and Passover
Tonight is the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The pillars that held us up now hold us back.
The institutions that held up our industrial society have ossified and…
Hey, you got your decentralization in my immutability!
The decentralized consensus of bitcoin is unlike any other kind of decentralization that existed before.