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EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Trump’s Signals He May Start Going After Bitcoin

Posted by M. C. on July 12, 2019

The “Crypto” in cryptocurrency once meant privacy from government snooping in our spending habits.

That ship is long gone. Anyone who thinks the government would let that happen better get their prescription changed.

Today’s alternative currencies are much closer to commodities as they are not based on a standard like gold.

Today’s alternative currencies, such as Zuck’s ‘Libra’ are meant to be anything but private. Zuck’s and the government’s goal is to know more about your finances than you do.

The government is becoming ultra protective of the dollar now that Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela and others are looking to purchase oil in something besides the US petro-dollar. Note the similarity to the countries named and the countries with which the US wants to go to war.

https://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2019/07/trumps-signals-he-may-start-going-after.html

The below seemingly came out of the blue, but really not surprising.

Trump’s controls do not want paper currency competition.

The regulations are coming.

RW

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It’s No Bitcoin: Facebook’s Libra Currency Is Tied to Government Currencies | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on July 2, 2019

Ah, but … and here is the rub, the Libra is not a naturally limited good, as Bitcoin is, but can be multiplied to infinity. It is not stabilized by reference to a basket of commodities as Hayek recommended. Rather, it will be defined by a changeable basket of fiat currencies!

In other words the Zuckerberg’s Libra can be inflated to worthlessness, as has the Continental through the dollar since 1776.

https://mises.org/wire/its-no-bitcoin-facebooks-libra-currency-tied-government-currencies

In 1975 Hayek eventually gave a lecture entitled “Choice of Currency,” in which he articulated for the first time the provocative demand that the state monopoly on money should be repealed. The publication of the monographs Free Choice in Currency and The Denationalization of Money followed a year later, in which he expanded in greater detail on his ideas on competition between private money issuers. …

What shape would an order reflecting these power-sharing principles take, and how could it emerge? Hayek argues that such an order would take shape if the following liberties were granted:

Fast forward nearly a half century and Hayek’s call for the denationalization of money seems to be a real possibility, not just a crank libertarian position safely ignored by the monetary authorities.

The coming of the block chain technology and cryptocurrencies certainly suggest that the original post-World War II Bretton Woods “settlement” of the status of money, that gold and US dollars, redeemable in gold, were the basis for international settlements, failed. As have later revisions of the idea. Thus, an era of monetary uncertainty may give rise to possibilities for market-oriented reforms.

Bitcoin, as an example of “virtual gold,” gains its value from the limited number of units of that cryptocurrency and the expense in “mining” more of those units, not unlike real gold. While Bitcoin is the best known of the cryptocurrencies, CoinMarketCap.com lists over a thousand crypto currencies that are traded (though a significant percentage of these are actually ICOs — Initial Crypto Offerings — a way to raise funds for a particular project). Much of the power of the cryptos is that they can be easily, and privately, bought, sold, and exchanged.

Hayek predicted that normal market forces would apply to the goods we use to facilitate exchange (“currencies”) if only governments would get out of the way. In a free market for money he suggested that major financial institutions would sponsor competing currencies, probably defined by “baskets” of commodities. He speculates on how the market would maintain the value and stability of such currencies, far better than any political system of legal tender.

To some degree, this seems to be happening with cryptocurrencies.

And then along comes the 900 pound gorilla. Facebook, with two billion users, has decided to enter the cryptocurrency market with its Libra coin. Since the Libra would be usable as a currency on Facebook itself, the company probably has calculated that it will have a strong competitive advantage over any of the competing currencies.

Ah, but … and here is the rub, the Libra is not a naturally limited good, as Bitcoin is, but can be multiplied to infinity. It is not stabilized by reference to a basket of commodities as Hayek recommended. Rather, it will be defined by a changeable basket of fiat currencies!

That’s right. Facebook and Libra’s cooperating founding organizations (including PayPal, Visa, Uber …) hope to provide a stable cryptocurrency by tying it to a group of government currencies! According to Techcrunch:

A Libra is a unit of the Libra cryptocurrency that’s represented by a three wavy horizontal line unicode character like the dollar is represented by $. The value of a Libra is meant to stay largely stable, so it’s a good medium of exchange, as merchants can be confident they won’t be paid a Libra today that’s then worth less tomorrow. The Libra’s value is tied to a basket of bank deposits and short-term government securities for a slew of historically stable international currencies, including the dollar, pound, euro, Swiss franc and yen. The Libra Association maintains this basket of assets and can change the balance of its composition if necessary to offset major price fluctuations in any one foreign currency so that the value of a Libra stays consistent.

Well, that’s it. Zuckerberg is no Hayek. And the Libra is no Bitcoin.

 

 

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Australia Inserting Nano-Chips in $50 & $100 Bills to Track Underground Economy & Coming Barter System | Armstrong Economics

Posted by M. C. on January 4, 2019

The IMF is advocating the end of paper money to kill the underground or black economy solely to aid the hunt for taxes and to PREVENT bank runs. If there is no paper money, how can you run to the bank in a panic demanding to withdraw your money? 

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/armstrongeconomics101/economics/australia-inserting-nano-chips-in-50-100-bills-to-track-underground-economy-coming-barter-system/

by Martin Armstrong

While the BitCoin people have hated me for not agreeing with them that a private currency could displace the currencies of all nations and BitCoin would be the new “reserve currency” killing the dollar, to me they are in serious need of help. They have ZERO comprehension of governmental power and ZERO understanding of what is going on behind the curtain. The IMF has come out and stated that each nation should issue their own cryptocurrency and these fools cheers claiming I am not with it and do not get this new age of technology. Sorry, but these people are really clueless if not perhaps undercover people with a mission to get people willing to surrender their final liberty – paper money.

While cryptobugs advocate gold is dead and BitCoin will conquer the financial world, they miss the point entirely. The IMF is by no means embracing cryptocurrencies for the same reason these people have claimed it will bypass central banks. The IMF is advocating the end of paper money to kill the underground or black economy solely to aid the hunt for taxes and to PREVENT bank runs. If there is no paper money, how can you run to the bank in a panic demanding to withdraw your money? They also argue eliminating paper money will end crime… Read the rest of this entry »

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This fund’s investment performance rivals Bitcoin, puts Warren Buffett to shame. | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on January 17, 2018

The odd thing is one of the main purposes of central banking is to pay for war.

Switzerland doesn’t do war. So who gets the money and what do they do with it?

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/this-funds-investment-performance-rivals-bitcoin-puts-warren-buffett-to-shame/

There’s a really unique investment company in Europe you ought to know about… because they are insanely profitable.

In fact, a few days ago the company announced that they expect to report an annual profit of $55 BILLION for 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

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How the IRS Will Target Bitcoin Users | The Nestmann Group

Posted by M. C. on January 3, 2018

My recollection is Bitcoin’s initial drawing card was as a way to avoid government tracking of purchases. No more. It is now just a speculative commodity. 

The plot has been lost.

https://www.nestmann.com/how-the-irs-will-target-bitcoin-users

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After Slamming Bitcoin As A Money Laundering Tool, JPMorgan Busted For Money Laundering | Zero Hedge

Posted by M. C. on November 17, 2017

Will US taxpayers bail out JP Morgan again? Probably. That is why John D. Rockefeller and J.P. himself helped create the Fed.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-16/after-slamming-bitcoin-money-laundering-tool-jpmorgan-busted-money-laundering

Two months after JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon lashed out at bitcoin, calling it a “fraud” which is “worse than tulip bulbs, warning it won’t end well”, will “blow up” and “someone is going to get killed” and threatened that “any trader trading bitcoin” will be “fired for being stupid” as it was merely a tool for money-laundering, today Swiss daily Handelszeitung reported that the Swiss subsidiary of JPMorgan was sanctioned by the Swiss regulator, FINMA, over money laundering and “seriously violating supervision laws.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Fall For The Lies About Going Cashless

Posted by M. C. on February 25, 2016

You can’t withdraw digital money and stuff it under the mattress.

Stopping terrorists, drug dealers and of course making our lives simpler and easier. Those are the reasons for going cashless.

Like Jason Ditz says here not long ago Bitcoin was the bogeyman. Big time dealers and terrorists are quite adaptable. They would adapt to other currencies or methods of payment with ease I am sure.

If we were serious about putting a monkey wrench in the drug machine we would eliminate the CIA. Much funding for their schemes has come from drug transactions. It is thought crack was first introduced to LA through enabling Central and South American dealers as part of Iran/Contra funding.

Then again maybe not, I remember someone who said he would smash the CIA into a thousand pieces. His brains ended up scattered all over his wife. Read the rest of this entry »

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