Reviews and Commentary

Resistance Money is a piece of world-class scholarship that illuminates bitcoin's role in the world today as a way of resisting oppression. It is an open-minded academic exploration of bitcoin's technology, incentive structure, externalities, and global impact. The book is accessible to all, including those with no previous knowledge of bitcoin. It will leave them packed with insights about the rise of Satoshi's new monetary technology and where it might take us tomorrow.

-Alex Gladstein, Human Rights Foundation

Have you ever wanted someone to explain this bitcoin thing—the good, the bad, and the truly weird—without also trying to sell you something? Then this is your book. Balanced, exhaustively researched, and fully engaging the cultists, critics, and engineers alike, Resistance Money informs without inflaming and teaches without preaching. The thesis is that despite some well-publicized ill effects, this technology makes the world a better place. But the authors also leave room for you, the reader, to disagree. It’s also—unlike many other groundbreaking works by academic philosophers—enjoyable to read. It’s at the very top of my suggested reading list for anyone curious and open-minded about bitcoin.

-Troy Cross, Reed College

In a world where bitcoin's success is often equated solely with dollar price action, Resistance Money presents a refreshing perspective. Rather than fixating on Number Go Up, this thoughtful book introduces an alternative yardstick for assessing bitcoin's true impact: its potential for fostering prosocial change. Resistance Money explores the myriad plausible benefits that bitcoin could offer, challenging both critics and advocates to look beyond surface-level metrics and evaluate, on their own terms, whether bitcoin has the capacity to fulfill its promises of empowerment and societal transformation.

-Micah Warren, University of Oregon and author of Bitcoin: A Game-Theoretic Analysis

Resistance Money is a deep dive on bitcoin and its implications by three philosophy professors. The technology gets the professional treatment that it deserves, and in a very concise form relative to its depth.

-Lyn Alden, Lyn Alden Investment Strategy

Resistance Money is a well-researched and thoughtful literary achievement, reminding us that Bitcoin is the best money for everyone because it is brilliantly engineered to serve as money for anyone.

–Michael Saylor, MicroStrategy

For those curious about why bitcoiners believe in bitcoin's transformative power, this book serves as a critical guide. It breaks down complex concepts into understandable insights and doesn't shy away from the tough questions, making it a valuable read for skeptics and believers alike. If you're on the fence about bitcoin, this might just be the book that opens your eyes to its possibilities.

-Jerry Brito, Coin Center

Resistance Money may be the best bitcoin book you’ll ever read. It is a non-extremist defense of bitcoin. The authors don’t claim bitcoin will replace the U.S. dollar. They don’t claim bitcoin will put banks out of business. They don’t claim non-bitcoin financial assets are inherently fraudulent or fragile. In place of the bold and unsupported claims found in other bitcoin books, the authors offer a remarkably reasonable view: the world is better off with bitcoin than without it.

–William J. Luther, Florida Atlantic University

Resistance Money is the most-accessible and engaging bitcoin book to date. It will appeal to novices and veterans alike who want to understand why bitcoin was created and why it is a singular new technology. The authors are experienced educators, and the book is perfectly pitched for the classroom and for students encountering bitcoin for the first time. Finally, Resistance Money will serve the wider crypto world, and anyone hoping to learn why the bitcoin community is so passionately committed to it alone.

—Paul J. Dylan-Ennis, University College Dublin