Bitcoin: Not Just for Libertarians and Anarchists Anymore

Bitcoin draws consumers and businesses even as its value slides
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Mary Fons joined the Bitcoin economy earlier this year. She uses the digital currency to buy gift cards and office supplies. Her partner reimburses her with Bitcoin for his portion of the rent. Unlike many of the currency’s early adopters, Fons, 35, isn’t a nerd or a self-proclaimed libertarian. She lives in New York and co-hosts the Love of Quilting show on public television. “Why Bitcoin?” she asks. “Because I want to have options. I think it’s a beautiful thing open to everyone.”

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