The Real Crypto Movement

Text by Denis "Jaromil" Roio for

“From Commons to NFTs” is an (expanded) writing series initiated by Shu Lea Cheang, Felix Stalder & Ewen Chardronnet. Cautioned by the speculative bubble (burst) of NFTs, the series brings back the notion of commons from around the turn of the millennium to reflect upon and intervene in the transformation of the collective imagination and its divergent futures. Every last day of the month Makery publishes a new contribution of these “chain essays”. Fourth text by Denis ‘Jaromil’ Roio.

“The most powerful forces, those that interest us the most, are not in a specular and negative relation to modernity, to the contrary they move on transversal trajectories. On this basis we shouldn’t conclude that they oppose everything that is modern and rational, but that are engaged in creating new forms of rationality and new forms of liberation.”
– Negri and Hardt, 2010, “Commonwealth”

Since Bitcoin has broken the taboo on money about 10 years ago a lot has happened in the crypto space, in this brief essay I will explore some techno-political devices and promises that are staged today. I draw my insights and intuitions from an early involvement in the cypherpunk underground subculture. In this context I have written and advised the development of code in Bitcoin core, I have almost accidentally written what became the Bitcoin Manifesto and I have published early forks of the Bitcoin code. It was just the beginning of Bitcoin’s success when a few of us predicted “alt-coins” would soon appear: I was then among the first people to use the term “blockchain” to indicate the technical stack that empowered Bitcoin’s growth of a decentralized network at a planetary scale and envisioned its evolution in non-financial use-cases in the fields of energy, art and notarization.

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