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February 26, 2024

State, Money, and Pilgrimages with Andrew L. Wilson

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Show Notes

Andrew L. Wilson is an Author and Professor of History of Christianity as well as host of The Disentanglement Podcast, exploring privacy tech and the surveillance state.

We discuss in detail severals books about the origin of the state and money, including James C Scott’s, “Seeing Like A State”, Rees-Mogg and Davidson’s “The Sovereign Individual”, and David Graeber’s “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”.

We discover some interesting parallels between the unconfiscatable nature of Bitcoin and the origins of state power with its ability to tax easily countable grain crops versus something like a potato which grows underground.

We also talk about the history of the printing press as it relates to inflation within the church, and Andrew's personal proof of work undertaking a 1000-mile pilgrimage in the footsteps of Martin Luther from Germany to Rome.

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Here I Walk: A Thousand Miles on Foot to Rome with Martin Luther Andrew L. Wilson - ⁠https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28280211-here-i-walk⁠

The Disentanglement Podcast - ⁠https://podcastindex.org/podcast/5245113⁠

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The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature by Gilbert Highet - ⁠https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1731808.The_Classical_Tradition⁠

Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed by James C. Scott - ⁠https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20186.Seeing_Like_a_State⁠

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott - ⁠https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34324534-against-the-grain⁠

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. , - ⁠https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/164154.A_Canticle_for_Leibowitz⁠

Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber - ⁠https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6617037-debt⁠

The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age by James Dale Davidson & William Rees-Mogg - ⁠https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/82256.The_Sovereign_Individual⁠

The Network State - ⁠https://thenetworkstate.com/⁠

e-Residency of Estonia - ⁠https://www.e-resident.gov.ee/⁠

Mother Earth Mother Board by Neal Stephenson - ⁠https://archive.is/19Msi

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