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Bill Maurer and Lana Swartz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035750

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035750.001.0001

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Finn Brunton

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This article is a field report on PorcFest, a libertarian festival. The festival is part of the Free State Project, which seeks to build a libertarian voting bloc in New Hampshire. Porcfest is also a temporary proof-of-concept for a utopian libertarian society. At PorcFest, the preferred money forms are those that contain precious metals (such as bits of silver or pre-1964 US dimes) and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which offer a kind of digital metallism. As a temporary site of economic alterity, PorcFest offers a reworked vision of shared value and trust in and between individuals.

Keywords:   Libertarianism, Bitcoin, Silver, Commodity money, Digital metallism, PorcFest, Free State Project, New Hampshire

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