Jim Harper

Jim Harper is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, working to adapt law and policy to the information age. A former counsel to committees in both the US House and the US Senate, he served as Global Policy Counsel for the Bitcoin Foundation in 2014.

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Victory Lap? 2017 Was Bitcoin’s Backwards Year

| Jim Harper

2017 was another bad year in bitcoin in the eyes of long-time industry observer Jim Harper, but he sees a silver lining at the end of the story.

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Understanding Bitcoin’s Scaling Debate: Politics Comes First

| Jim Harper

Cato Institute's Jim Harper argues that, since the scaling debate is so political, the community has something to learn from Washington, D.C.

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Bitcoin Needs More Politics, Not Less

| Jim Harper

On the two-year anniversary of a post that sparked a thousand bitcoin debates, Jim Harper analyzes the state of developer politics.

2016: The Year That Wasn’t For Bitcoin

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Jim Harper takes aim at bitcoin's so-called "successes" in 2016, arguing that deficient dialogue is holding back it and other blockchain-based monies.

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It Isn’t ‘Consensus’: Toward Cooler Protocol Debates

| Jim Harper

The idea that bitcoin and blockchains run on "consensus" among their users is counterproductive, argues Jim harper.

Controlling the Perception that Bitcoin is Broken

| Jim Harper

In this opinion piece, Cato Institute senior fellow Jim Harper reflects on recent elements of the bitcoin scaling debate.

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Why Bitcoin Governance is a Competition (And That’s a Good Thing)

| Jim Harper

Former Bitcoin Foundation global counsel Jim Harper discusses the challenges of applying open-source development practices to a blockchain world.

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Bitcoin and the Politics of Non-Political Money

| Jim Harper

The Cato Institute's Jim Harper discusses how bitcoin needs level-headedness from its community to survive as a non-political digital currency.