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Bit by Bit: How P2P Is Freeing the World argues that today's emergent technology is about more than new and cool toys. Jeffrey Tucker, CLO of and Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, argues that peer-to-peer technology is forging a new and brighter social, economic, and political order. People tend to look at innovations in isolation. HBit by Bit: How P2P Is Freeing the World argues that today's emergent technology is about more than new and cool toys. Jeffrey Tucker, CLO of and Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, argues that peer-to-peer technology is forging a new and brighter social, economic, and political order. People tend to look at innovations in isolation. Here is my new e-reader. Here is an app I like. Here is my new mobile device and computer. Even bitcoin is routinely analyzed and explained in terms of its properties as an alternative to national currencies, as if there were no more than that at stake.But actually there is a historical trajectory at work here, one that we can trace through its logic, implementation, and spread. It’s the same logic that led from the dial phone at the county store, operated by people pulling and plugging in wires, to the wireless smartphone in your pocket that contains the whole store of human knowledge. It’s all about technology in the service of individuation.Once you understand the driving ethos — voluntarism, creativity, networks, individual initiative — you can see the outlines of a new social structure emerging within our time, an order that defies a century of top-down planning and nation-state restrictionism.It is coming about not because of political reform. It is not any one person’s creation. It is not happening because a group of elite intellectuals advocated it. The new world is emerging organically, and messily, from the ground up, as an extension of unrelenting creativity and experimentation. In the end, it is emerging out of an anarchist order that no one in particular controls and no one in particular can fully understand."The building of universal prosperity is a process that unfolds bit by bit through decentralized decision making and improvements at the margin through trial-and-error. To continue this process, we need understanding, patience, and dreams. Jeffrey Tucker’s book is an excellent guide to all three.” ~ Patrick Byrne, CEO of, from the introduction. “In Bitcoin’s brief existence Jeffrey Tucker has become one of its leading proponents. In this book we can see exactly why. Many people think of bitcoin as just money, but Mr. Tucker is able to explain, in a way that is easily understandable by all, the tsunami of innovation that bitcoin is about to release upon the world.” ~ Roger Ver, Bitcoin investor, from the Foreword...

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Bit by Bit: How P2P Is Freeing the World Reviews

  • Brent
    2019-02-07 22:26

    You don't need third parties to find a ride, a room, pay money, organize movements, share information, etc. Today's peer-to-peer technology eliminates those parties who tend to make transactions costly and sometimes unnecessarily illegal. You, as an individual who gets to determine how you live your life, can bypass so much of the nonsense governments and companies impose on you. It's such a cool concept!One motif in this book that I found striking is that nearly all commerce is done out of a sense of love - not romantic, but a desire to see another person better off because you're exchanging something you value less, but they value more. The optimism throughout this book is something I needed.

  • Robert
    2019-02-17 21:36

    A friendly introduction into libertarian philosophy but certainly not focused on the technological aspects of P2P, which is somewhat disappointing given the title. While I can't say I did not enjoy some of the authors wonderful thoughts and analogies on the topic of state vs. private sector, one of my favorites being the idea of commerce as love and friendship rather than cold and brutish, I was extremely let down by the lack of digging into the technical aspects of P2P and forecasting into the future.I completely understand that this type of book may have not been written for the technically inclined, however, I would have wished for more forecasting on new inventions and ideas of applying P2P rather than musing over the current state.

  • Frederick Ford
    2019-01-31 22:46

    This is a very interesting, well written book. The author is pro laissez faire, in fact, he maintains we are in another battle for our freedom, one that does not include muskets, it is based on our innovation, cleverness, and being the revolution in our own lives and our economic relationships.

  • Kiseruyoru
    2019-02-11 21:47

    Freaking Anarchists man. Blame all woes on the state, completely ignore why the state does what it does, and (more to the point) ignore other world powers entirely. Remember, hatred of sovereignty as comes to markets was bred by monarchy. Do we live in Saudi Arabia? No? Then this doesn't apply to us. Our sovereigns are political parties run by corporations. Anarchism, removes the democratic mitigators and leaves us with nothing but the corporate powers. And if you think Apple, if the world had no nation-states tomorrow, would not conquer a large portion of the world and create a corporate state. You're a hopeless idiot (google the Greek roots of idiot while yer at it). I'm all for dismantling the military, and corporate protectionism -- but the state is the only way to muster enough power to force corporations to accept that relegation to serving the demos rather than enslaving it. Democracy (which is to say Socialism), not anarchism. Equality, not republican (the government form not the political party) and capitalist enrichment.

  • jbs
    2019-01-26 17:43

    This whole work is an unintentional comedy. The parts where he suggests we're going to replace the police with a private security force that you summon with an app, and where he holds up Disney World as some kind of Libertarian utopia made me nearly crash my car in hysterical laughter while listening to this. Interestingly enough, we apparently don't need traffic cops either because the author once made a mistake in traffic and someone was nice enough to let him in. Tucker also engages in the hagiography of DPR from the Silk Road by claiming that his only crime was making markets while ignoring the whole murder for hire thing. I only was only interested in the book because it made it sound like it was distributed trust and decentralized banking futurology. These are technologies that could change what the future looks like. Unfortunately, the author just chose to phone in a Libertarian screed that is no more nuanced than what a college freshman would submit to a student paper.

  • Terrence Daugherty
    2019-01-31 20:38

    I'm in apparent disagreement with many of the other reviewers because, in my opinion, many of them didn't understand the book. They were interested in a book on Bitcoin, but got a book on the liberating allure of peer to peer economic exchange. Here's some advice to the bitter children giving this book a bad rating: Go read Satoshi's White Paper, and stop your bellyaching. Tucker, despite is current SJW attitude really wrote an excellent book here on the revolutionary implications of P2P. My favorite part by far was the seemingly never ending litany of P2P "applications" and software that has been leading, and will continue to lead to the dissolution of the State whilst increasing individual liberty and independence. It's an excellent piece that deserves more exposure and more credit than what some of these petulant whiners give it.

  • swvw
    2019-02-04 20:45

    Nice book but missing the technology side of P2P. Instead this book try's to bring over a perfect world in the form off Dinsey World.Maybe if you are a fan this will appeal to you.Agree with the author that less control by the governments is good but giving control to company like Disney, Google, Facebook is also not the solution. Yes governments are abusing there power to fine Citizens for to increase there own budgets. But having no controls is a bit extreme. For instance the gun violence in america is because of the lack of rules relocation. Just look at the Australian gun laws the stopped mass shootings and reduces homicide.

  • Abhijith R
    2019-02-18 21:32

    The amount of libertarian bullshit presented here completely undermining human society, social interaction and cultural mechanics is unparalleled to any other book I have ever came by. The writer's pathetic inability to even understand the mechanism of Ideology or politics of Socialism together makes this book, at best, an undesirable stinking pile of AnCap sewage dump or worst, an excellent example of how an individual can tirelessly write about unorganized and uneducated thoughts moving around it their heads.

  • Cullen Haynes
    2019-02-03 20:38

    Cryptocurrency and the blockchain; is it the new order or the next .com bubble? The question itself is one that Tucker's book most aptly addresses through the idiom of 'value'. Why is something valuable? Because people deem something has intrinsic worth. From the circular Rai Stones of the island of Yap, to the Gold rush of the Eureka stockade, to current FIAT currencies, value through worth ever reigns supreme. So where does Cryptocurrency fit in, within this ever growing virtual world? Only time will tell...

  • Ahmed Salem
    2019-01-23 22:21

    This is a book mainly about social change and history of how society is evolved.However information about the BitCoin was not that much valuable.

  • Charles
    2019-02-15 15:50

    just more from the same, nothing that make it a good book!

  • Luca Conti
    2019-01-20 16:34

    Blind support for tech private on demand economy. No thanks

  • Mikko Muilu
    2019-01-28 18:28

    I bought this book thinking I'd get info about p2p -networks, possible new info and see what future might look like. It started ok. General stuff about p2p-networks and how they work, nothing new to me (What are AirBnb, Uber, etc.) A bit after the halfway the book dives to libertarianism. Just like your uncle the writer rants about taxes, how climate change is probably fake etc. I went through but wish I'd save a couple of hours of my time and had chosen a different book.

  • Gareth Otton
    2019-02-01 22:45

    One of the things I long ago learned is you never trust any source that only gives you one side of an argument. In essence, this is what is wrong with this book. A lot of the information the author puts forward is highly interesting and he might even be right in some of his views. However, he never explores opposing arguments or highlights downsides for using technologies like BitCoin. Everything has a downside, and without exploring them, it feels a bit too much like a sales pitch. Overall this was an interesting read if a bit too political at times. There is no impartiality to this work so don't read this thinking that you will learn all you need to know about this subject. It's a 3-star read at best, but it's so biased I can see people with opposing opinions and ideologies marking it much lower.

  • Edgar Perez
    2019-01-20 20:30

    At first it annoyed me.But slowly, this exercise on getting down to earth all the technical novelties and matching them with your beliefs was very reassuring.And, even if I agree on the beliefs of the author, the existence of a non-state, but also non socialist ways of exchanging services is really eye eyeing.It focus mainly on bitcoin, but manages to gives you a glimpe of other P2P applications and how they changed the shape of our reality

  • Jörn Dinkla
    2019-02-03 18:30

    Not technical enough for my taste. But nevertheless a nice read.

  • Bryan
    2019-01-31 19:28

    delightful and charming.