Forget its price trajectory and the rest of the prescribed hype for a second. *Why* is Bitcoin a ‘thing’, who said so, when, and what for? Was it genuinely a product of simple private sector ingenuity during a time of maximum need? OR, based on the many Establishment-linked constituencies trading, investing or imminently, regulating it, is it a ‘test balloon’ or ‘beta test’ for a much wider, older elite plan for global monetary revision? In this episode of Money and Fear, we’ll look at Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and the blockchain from much more nuanced political, historical and philosophical perspectives than sell-side, hyped-up evangelists, or even Bitcoin’s standard critics, are used to considering. We’ll weigh Bitcoin against periodic appeals from Establishment sources for a ‘one world currency’. Runaway price movements will be observed against historical “Tulip Bulb Manias” and philosophical considerations regarding “money” will be reconsidered. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind show to find out what this relatively recent monetary “phenom” is supposed to even mean!