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Bitcoin ETF Approval: Catalyst for Change in a World Seeking Solutions

Today, on January 10, 2024, marks a momentous occasion as the long-anticipated Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) finally receives approval. This event signifies a monumental milestone, tracing its roots almost precisely 15 years ago within a small and clandestine cypherpunks community. From these humble beginnings, Bitcoin has now gained official recognition, being embraced by the Wall Street industry.

The genesis of Bitcoin traces back to the tumultuous financial crisis of 2008, a catalyst that opened the eyes of many to the inherent flaws in both the monetary system and the political frameworks developed by humanity over time. At the time, the conventional solution to a broken financial system was the flight to gold as a means to protect capital. Fast forward to the present, and we recognize that Bitcoin has excelled in fulfilling this role more effectively.

However, recent years have witnessed a series of successive crises, marked by orchestrated and global governmental responses to the coronavirus pandemic and their management of the escalating conflicts in Ukraine and Palestine. These challenges are intricately connected with the egregious mistreatment of minority groups. Unfortunately, Bitcoin alone is inadequate to address these pressing global issues.

Therefore, the time has come for the next evolution of blockchain. This platform aims to uncover the weaknesses in the concept of democracy and delve into the ancient Greek notion of isonomia, exploring its potential relevance to contemporary political thought and governance systems.

Isonomia emerged in the 6th-century BC Athens as a call for a more equitable political order. Translating to "equality under law," isonomia expressed a desire for communal laws shared by all members of the polis, not just the elite. Despite its significance, isonomia has received limited attention from modern scholars, and my research aims to re-examine it through fundamental concepts before Plato's time. Reviving the discussion around isonomia offers fresh insights into ancient Greek approaches to freedom, participation, and balanced self-governance. Future posts will analyze how isonomia may present an alternative vision to traditional models dominating political systems today, such as sovereignty, hierarchy, and centralization.

The decentralized nature of blockchain technology aligns with isonomia's core principle. In my next blog posts, I will explore the journey leading to the creation of the Nomos blockchain. This includes a discussion on how blockchain facilitates distributed governance without a centralized authority, reflecting the isonomic vision of multiple autonomous yet cooperating jurisdictions.


Nomos: A blockchain alternative for democracy, offering a timely response before we find ourselves in a totalitarian world. Welcome to this exciting journey we embark on together.

Yours sincerely,

Hayes Houtman

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