Category: money

The Fed’s Money Creation System Is Fueling One of the Biggest Heists in History

The Fed's Money Creation System Fuels One of the Biggest Heists in HistorySince mid-September, the Federal Reserve has injected three trillion U.S. dollars into the hands of private banks and Wall Street. Despite the fact that massive amounts of money was created out of thin air, the central bank still believes repurchase agreements (repos) are needed to tame the turbulent economy. Nearly every day the Federal Reserve […]

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Is China’s New Fascination With Blockchain Really Good for Bitcoin?

Is China’s New Fascination With Blockchain Really Good for Bitcoin?Blockchain development has kind of become an element of the party line in the world’s largest officially communist state. The General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, recently told a Politburo meeting that the People’s Republic has to gain an edge in the emerging field. Some say Xi’s statement brought back the […]

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Cash Runs Dry at ATMs as Protests Escalate in Chile

Cash Runs Dry at ATMs as Protests Escalate in ChileThere’s a lot of unrest in Chile right now as the country has seen massive protests against government manipulation and an escalation of financial problems. Local reports detail a few banking establishments have been burned after customers started having issues withdrawing cash from ATMs. Issues with the bank machines that don’t work coupled with rising […]

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The Demand for Permissionless Freedom Is Just Getting Started

The Demand for Permissionless Freedom Is Just Getting StartedEvery year the world seems to be getting crazier and more people are starting to realize that it stems from oppressive government transgressions against a peaceful society. The world has noticed millions of people from France, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Indonesia and more are rising up because citizens are sick and tired of the manipulation. Because […]

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Mario Draghi Leaves European Central Bank Without Ever Raising Interest Rates

Mario Draghi Leaves ECB Without Ever Raising Interest RatesPreparing for a change at the top, the European Central Bank has decided to keep interest rates on hold and at their all-time lows. Mario Draghi, who had his last monetary policy meeting as president of the ECB, is leaving after an eight-year term during which key rates were never raised. At the subsequent press […]

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How Fiat Money Fails: Deconstructing the Government’s Paper-Thin Promise

How Fiat Money Fails: An Overview of Government's Paper-Thin PromiseFiat money has a surprisingly short lifespan. The almighty U.S. dollar currently serving as world reserve currency is not exempted, in spite of all proclamation that it cannot fail. Throughout history, fiat money has failed over and over again, where sound assets like gold have survived. Ruling out acts of god and unforeseen circumstance, the […]

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German Bank Predicts BTC at $90,000 After Next Halving

German Bank Predicts BTC at $90,000 After Next HalvingYou wouldn’t expect a traditional financial institution to come up with a very optimistic forecast about the future of a cryptocurrency or an honest appraisal of its design. But Bayern LB, a lender based in the rich German province of Bavaria, has surprised the crypto community. In a recently published research paper, the bank asks […]

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How Did You Get Into Bitcoin? Crypto Twitter Responds

How Did You Get Into Bitcoin? Crypto Twitter RespondsEverybody loves a story. When it comes to how people first got into cryptocurrency, there’s no exception. Crypto Twitter (CT) is full of humorous, thought-provoking, and unexpected tales of diving down the Satoshi rabbit hole, and the reasons for entering the space are as diverse as the people themselves. Also Read: North Korea Plans to […]

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Crypto Facilitates Money Transfer for Restricted China

Crypto Facilitates Money Transfer for Restricted ChinaCrypto is not illegal in China, but it is illegal for banks and financial institutions to deal in crypto. It’s also illegal to send or receive over $50,000 in fiat money without government permission. Restrictive banking regulations, international trade wars, and a surveillance state in the midst of political unrest mean that transferring money can […]

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Crypto’s Forgotten Altcoins Re-Emerge: A Look at What’s Happening

Crypto's Forgotten Altcoins Re-Emerge: A Look at What's HappeningDuring the crypto bull market of 2017, everybody was happy. It wasn’t just the BTC maximalists, BCH enthusiasts, or proponents of ETH. Privacy coins like monero were doing great, and even charity-supporting “comic relief” coins like doge were riding high. Since that enchanted time, however, the diverse class of tokens known as altcoins has somehow […]

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Greta Thunberg Joins Satoshi in Questioning Bank Bailouts

Greta Thunberg Joins Satoshi in Questioning Bank BailoutsSaving planet Earth is a noble goal with many different dimensions. Climate change needs to be addressed vigorously as our world warms up faster than ever. Economic development needs a higher degree of financial freedom to provide everyone access to opportunities and wealth. A teenager from Scandinavia, dubbed a “next generation leader,” has once again […]

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IRS Revoking Passports Shows How Government Erodes Everything We Hold Dear

Government Parasitism - Why Crypto, Geo-Mobility and Sustenance Are CriticalIf you have outstanding tax debt, the IRS may now want to take your passport. For U.S. crypto holders still waiting on promised IRS guidelines for filing — especially those overseas who may have missed these warning memos — the over 400,000 agency notifications issued since February last year are troubling. This kind of behavior […]

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Normalizing Negative Interest: It’s Flabbergasting How Closely Media Parrots the Government

Normalizing Negative Interest: It's Flabbergasting How Closely Media Parrots the GovernmentNegative interest rates have been making big headlines lately, as several countries and big banks are now experimenting with the unorthodox monetary policy. While typically viewed as a last-ditch effort to shock some life back into struggling economies, these policies are getting a shiny new spin thanks to mainstream media outlets promoting government talking points […]

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The Modern Era of Free Range Slaves: How Bitcoin Breaks the Mold

The Modern Era of Free Range Slaves: How Bitcoin Breaks the MoldIn a string of recent Tweets, 2020 Libertarian presidential candidate and fugitive from the law John McAfee has been talking about slavery. Urging people to “wake up” and assuring them that neither compliance with the status quo, nor stacks of riches, can set them free. Indeed, when the current state of the world is examined […]

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Is Bitcoin Money? Revisiting Mises’ Regression Theorem

Is Bitcoin Money? - Revisiting Mises' Regression TheoremOver 100 years after the publication of Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises’ “The Theory of Money and Credit,” the ideas outlined therein are still sparking hot debate. Namely, what is known as Mises’ Regression Theorem, which claims that in order for something to be money in the most proper sense, it must be traceable to […]

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The Myth of Authority: Mnuchin Denies USD Is Used Criminally

The Myth of Authority - Steven Mnuchin Claims Nefarious Activities Not 'Successfully Done' With CashU.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has once again weighed in on bitcoin, claiming the U.S. dollar has not been used to finance “nefarious” activity on a recent episode of CNBC’s Squawk Box. Democratic House Representative Maxine Waters also dropped a tasty nugget of a soundbite as well, sharing her thoughts on “bitcom” and the need […]

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‘Zimdollar’ Reboot: Bitcoin Fills Liquidity Gaps as New Zimbabwe Currency Flounders

'Zimdollar' Reboot: Bitcoin Fills Liquidity Gaps as New Zimbabwe Currency FloundersP2P bitcoin trade is surging in Zimbabwe via mobile exchange platforms like Ecocash, despite recent government efforts to curb the use of competing currencies locally. As of June 24, the reinstated Zimbabwe dollar (formerly RTGS dollar) is now the only recognized currency in the economically embattled southern African country. Finance minister Mthuli Ncube sees the […]

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The Swiss Are Onto Something: Facebook, Libra and the Case for Decentralization

A recent letter from the U.S. House of Representatives to social media giant Facebook has crypto users speculating feverishly. The implications of the letter, and Calibra CEO David Marcus’ recent response, will inform the future of money not only in America, but worldwide. House Chairwoman Maxine Waters and cohorts took aim this week not only […]

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The Politicization of Money: Crypto as a Safeguard Against Economic Propaganda 

Money has come a long way since its origins. From cowry shells to crypto, transferable, divisible, and economically sound means of exchange have been adopted by market actors everywhere. Modern history has brought us to a dangerous place, however, a cultural climate where politics and bad economics have co-opted monetary utility in the name of […]

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Market Cap: A Flawed Ranking System for Valuing Crypto

Market Cap: A Flawed Ranking System for the Valuation of CryptoMarket cap is often used as a metric of importance in the crypto industry. Communities will react jubilantly as their preferred coin moves up the rankings. People will often invest in the top X coins based solely on their market cap as they think it is representative of a diversified portfolio. However, is market cap […]

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Bitcoin’s Social Contract Must Be Resilient to the Whims of Future Generations

Bitcoin's Social Contract Must Be Resilient to the Whims of Future GenerationsOver the last few years, infighting and different visions has led to significant divides within the Bitcoin community, weakening the network effects no matter which chain you support. With all the arguments about scaling, privacy, consensus changes and the various forks, it is amazing that these public networks are still thriving. Nevertheless, the people who […]

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Rio Carnival to Feature Bitcoin This Year

Rio Carnival to Feature Bitcoin This YearImperatriz Leopoldinense, a prominent Brazilian samba school, has chosen money as the theme of its performance during the 2019 Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro, which will be held in the week of March 2 – 9. Its dancers will tell the history of money, from the first metal coins and paper bills to modern day […]

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Bitcoin Mixing Concept Payjoin Makes a ‘Huge Mess’ for Blockchain Surveillance

On Jan. 24, Adam Gibson, author of Waxwing’s Joinmarket blog, wrote about an interesting Coinjoin concept called Payjoin. The protocol further obfuscates the ownership of UTXO inputs during a Coinjoin transaction mixing cycle. According to Gibson, the Payjoin technique is “another nail in the coffin of blockchain analysis.” Also read: Mystery Bitcoin Miners Are Altering Mining […]

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Governmental Overreach in Developing Nations Will Hasten Hyperbitcoinization

Bad Government Policies Could Help Fast Track Hyperbitcoinization in Struggling World EconomiesFor bitcoin idealists, the coming utopia for global finance stars bitcoin dismantling the fiat hegemony, empowering citizens to own their money without central bank mediation, and facilitating borderless trade. Credited to Satoshi Nakamoto Institute co-founder Daniel Krawisz, hyperbitcoinization is a term which describes bitcoin coming to dominate the global currency basket through mass adoption. Also […]

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