Bitcoin at 10 – Money in a World of Tokens

On this very day ten years ago – January 3, 2009 –, the Bitcoin network went live. Bitcoin’s first block, the Genesis Block, includes a short message as a reminder that the world was, at the time, finding itself in the midst of the biggest financial crisis since the 1920s. The message refers to the […]

Die Meinungsäusserung als Teil der menschlichen Identität

Vorbemerkungen zur Menschenwürde und zur individuellen Identität Die Menschenwürde ist ein schwer greifbares Konzept, dessen praktischer Wert unter Rechtsphilosophen zudem umstritten ist. Aus ethischer Perspektive wurde und wird die Menschenwürde traditionell entweder theologisch (Mensch als Abbild Gottes), naturrechtlich (aufgrund der Vernunft) oder formalistisch bzw. deontologisch (insbesondere mit Immanuel Kants These, dass der Mensch immer Selbstzweck […]

A Story About the Humble Gardener

Confucius reportedly said that true wisdom is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. In negative terms, a lack of wisdom exists where people consider themselves all-knowing experts, or as Hayek famously put it in his Nobel Prize speech in 1974: «The Pretence of Knowledge». He concluded his lecture with a warning: «If man is […]

Why Liberals Should Be More Optimistic

Optimists think that the course of events will be positive, for them personally or for society in general. Realists, on the other hand, think that the course of events might turn out to be positive; they concede, however, that they can’t really know since reality consists of complex phenomena. Optimism and realism are sometimes used […]

The Right to Be Let Alone in a World of Cultural Diversity

The right to be let alone, as Justice Louis Brandeis famously put it in “Olmstead v. United States”, is commonly associated with the right to privacy in the Fourth Amendment. The constitutional “[…] right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures […]” critically separates […]