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April 01, 2013, 04:21:17 AM
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There seem to be a lot of posts recently about the revolutionary nature of Bitcoin. Granted, I'm new to the game, so maybe this has been going on since the beginning. For me, research into the corrupt banking system and how money works led me to Bitcoin (which I've blogged about).

I tweeted this last night: The revolutionary war of the future may not be fought with guns or bombs. It just might be fought with currency.

Are we the revolutionaries of tomorrow?



If so, I hope our barricade is made of more than chairs and desks. We need to understand the weapons being used. This FinCEN stuff, for example. We need to understand it well and play by the rules. If you sell Bitcoins locally, do you have to be registered? I've already emailed the guy in my state in charge of the money transmitter's registration stuff. I need to learn more.

If things get crazier, a different day may come where new rules need to be created or the current ones broken, but I think we're pretty far off from that. Too many people are still asleep.

I was watching the Matrix again today and was reminded of something.



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That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save... ...You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.

I edited out the part about those still in the system being our enemy. I don't think they are. I do think, however, we should be having tough conversations with our financial advisers, with our parents, with our bankers. We should continue to look for reasons this won't work and promote the reasons it will.

If you haven't already, you should tell your friends about Bitcoin. You should blog about it. I was hesitant at first because I didn't know if it would crash tomorrow (with my friends holding the bag). As my confidence has grown, I've since focused the conversation on fiat currencies and the problems Bitcoin solves (instead of the current MtGox price). For those who understand that conversation, they are getting excited about Bitcoin.

Regardless of what happens, it's been a fun ride so far. I've throughly enjoyed learning from you all.

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April 01, 2013, 04:31:43 AM
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I predict crypto-currency is going to stay for as long as the Internet is still around.  So if the feds wanna duke it out, they're gonna have to play by our rules, too.

And I'm with you bud, I've learned crazy amounts about how money works and how the economy works just by being around peeps here.  Funny, because my high school economics class was half a year of wasted time. Undecided

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April 01, 2013, 04:55:17 AM
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who always creates the revolutions and revolutionaries?

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April 01, 2013, 04:56:56 AM
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I edited out the part about those still in the system being our enemy. I don't think they are. I do think, however, we should be having tough conversations with our financial advisers, with our parents, with our bankers. We should continue to look for reasons this won't work and promote the reasons it will.

If you haven't already, you should tell your friends about Bitcoin. You should blog about it. I was hesitant at first because I didn't know if it would crash tomorrow (with my friends holding the bag). As my confidence has grown, I've since focused the conversation on fiat currencies and the problems Bitcoin solves (instead of the current MtGox price). For those who understand that conversation, they are getting excited about Bitcoin.

Regardless of what happens, it's been a fun ride so far. I've throughly enjoyed learning from you all.


Spot-on. And yes, lots of people around here have thought of this as a revolution. From the very beginning. It's interesting to read through Satoshi's original announcement of bitcoin on the cypherpunks list. It's clear that from the start (gotta read the whole thread), he realized it was a potential game-changer, with far reaching implications, as opposed to just a technical toy: http://www.mail-archive.com/cryptography%40metzdowd.com/msg09959.html

I've had the same issue getting friends involved. Took me about a year's worth of reading, not just about bitcoin, but revisiting macroeconomics and finance in general, before I had enough confidence to recommend strongly to friends and family. A few friends are now seriously into bitcoin, and some family members have some. I gave away a bunch of casascius coins over the holidays to get the conversation started. Works great.

The events in Cyprus have obviously made it easier to make the case for bitcoin instead of fiat. I found myself evangelizing such to my local grocery store clerk. She seemed genuinely interested.


Bitcoin is the first monetary system to credibly offer perfect information to all economic participants.
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April 01, 2013, 05:06:29 AM
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Most wars have been fought over currency.

They will fight. Our concept is sound, but we are still small.

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April 01, 2013, 05:07:30 AM
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who always creates the revolutions and revolutionaries?

Hah! I just pulled up a random relevant image result from Google search for this post, though I did kind of snicker at the eyeball. Your green triangle made me lol.

I gave away a bunch of casascius coins over the holidays to get the conversation started. Works great.

That's a great idea. I hope I make enough money to be able to give them away as well. I'd love the title of Bitcoin Robin Hood.

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April 01, 2013, 06:16:25 AM
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Since I've not done any Bitcoin development I don't consider myself anything more than an opportunist.

To the extent that any of my actions have been 'revolutionary' it is only that way in that I have tried to support an experimental solution which, if proven, could open the door for a family of solutions which may to some extent break the grip that the powerful have on the masses.  I actually feel that, at the time I write this, Bitcoin has succeeded in this regard.  Again, as a proof-of-concept, and a general one, rather than as a durable final solution.  Also as an inspiration.

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I've had the same issue getting friends involved. Took me about a year's worth of reading, not just about bitcoin, but revisiting macroeconomics and finance in general, before I had enough confidence to recommend strongly to friends and family. ...


I never did reach that level of confidence, and probably never will.  To risky for normal people IMHO.  Some of the BTC I bought, however, I did with an eye toward supplying them to friends/family if they ever go anywhere and said parties missed the boat.  And this I have started to do in certain cases.


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April 01, 2013, 06:33:18 AM
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To the extent that any of my actions have been 'revolutionary' it is only that way in that I have tried to support an experimental solution which, if proven, could open the door for a family of solutions which may to some extent break the grip that the powerful have on the masses. 



Yes, bitcoin (or more generally, blockchain-style distributed authoritative record systems) isn't just about money. Sure, that's the first application, but see Mike Hearn's work on things like distributed markets and smart property. And bitcoinx.

Bitcoin is the first monetary system to credibly offer perfect information to all economic participants.
But Bitcointalk & /r/bitcoin are heavily censored. bitco.in/forum, forum.bitcoin.com, and /r/btc are open.
Best info on Casascius coins: http://spotcoins.com/casascius
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April 01, 2013, 01:03:26 PM
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Yes, bitcoin (or more generally, blockchain-style distributed authoritative record systems) isn't just about money. Sure, that's the first application, but see Mike Hearn's work on things like distributed markets and smart property. And bitcoinx.

Mind = blown.

I've seen comments here and there about financial tools being built on top of Bitcoin, but I haven't looked into it yet. Those links are a great starting point.

A stock market with no centralization? Loans with no middle men? This really is revolutionary technology.

Thanks for sharing.

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April 01, 2013, 01:26:38 PM
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April 01, 2013, 02:38:56 PM
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I edited out the part about those still in the system being our enemy. I don't think they are.


Nope, they are not our enemies, because "they" are "us".  Smiley
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Yes, bitcoin (or more generally, blockchain-style distributed authoritative record systems) isn't just about money. Sure, that's the first application, but see Mike Hearn's work on things like distributed markets and smart property. And bitcoinx.

Mind = blown.

I've seen comments here and there about financial tools being built on top of Bitcoin, but I haven't looked into it yet. Those links are a great starting point.

A stock market with no centralization? Loans with no middle men? This really is revolutionary technology.

Thanks for sharing.


Also read up on OpenTransactions and MultiSig, as those are two protocol hooks that will likely be implemented relatively soon, which enable a lot of cool things (eg, traditional banking services on top of the blockchain, escrow natively).


Two incredible things about bitcoin:

1) The proof-of-work consensus is really a novel solution to the Byzantine Generals' problem in computer science (which was discussed in Satoshi's original announcement thread: http://www.mail-archive.com/cryptography%40metzdowd.com/msg09997.html ).

2) #1 enables humanity's first authoritative record system not under control by any single entity. The first application is money, but as discussed, there are potentially many more. I think voting has been discussed... The entire problem with e-voting is the issue of who counts the votes and/or makes the machines. Well, what if you went into the voting booth, and your vote got recorded on the blockchain. Problem solved. Does this make a pure Athenian style democracy more practical (taking the debatable need for a state as a precondition)?


Bitcoin is the first monetary system to credibly offer perfect information to all economic participants.
But Bitcointalk & /r/bitcoin are heavily censored. bitco.in/forum, forum.bitcoin.com, and /r/btc are open.
Best info on Casascius coins: http://spotcoins.com/casascius
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April 02, 2013, 01:22:05 PM
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Max Keiser has a good peice on this topic: http://rt.com/op-edge/bitcoin-versus-government-keiser-189/

The more I think about it, the more I wonder how far the government will go to stop it. In the US, they've already once confiscated our gold using the threat of fines and imprisonmnet. Could they do the same here? Wouldn't it be as simple as taking our safes, our computers, and cracking our password management software to know where our Bitcoin is stored?

Those who hide beneath the radar would probably be fine, but what about those who stand up and use their real names (as I have done)? How many more Aaron Swartz situations will we have?

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April 02, 2013, 01:28:20 PM
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Yes, I do consider myself a (peaceful) revolutionary.
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April 02, 2013, 08:24:38 PM
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Yes, I do consider myself a (peaceful) revolutionary.

Yes, we're the revolutionists.
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April 02, 2013, 09:06:32 PM
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The more I think about it, the more I wonder how far the government will go to stop it. In the US, they've already once confiscated our gold using the threat of fines and imprisonmnet.

The great breakthrough with Bitcoin is the censorship-resistant nature. If you are unacquainted with GATA then I highly suggest you spend some time reading the article titled Why I Helped GATA Accept Bitcoins – Economic Censorship and Free Speech. And the 15 minute speech by Dr. Edwin Vieira (who has 4 degrees from Harvard and practices before the US Supreme Court) is excellent as is the other speech by Robert Landis another Harvard trained attorney.

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The more I think about it, the more I wonder how far the government will go to stop it. In the US, they've already once confiscated our gold using the threat of fines and imprisonmnet. Could they do the same here? Wouldn't it be as simple as taking our safes, our computers, and cracking our password management software to know where our Bitcoin is stored?

Many people comment about how bitcoin has no army standing behind it ... well maybe no army with guns but as is now widely acknowledged cyber-war is a major concern for nation states.

Who would you want to have backing your digital currency? The people who can hack or the innumerate?

Bitcoiners are not powerless to "back" their currency if the occasion should arise. Mercenaries from the alphabet agencies can be paid in bitcoins if they prefer also of course. The idea is the weapon.

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April 03, 2013, 02:22:04 AM
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Who would you want to have backing your digital currency? The people who can hack or the innumerate?

Of course the innumerate as we all know that X amount of violence can solve any math problem.

Standing armies are obsolete; anyone see Skyfall?

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April 03, 2013, 04:18:33 AM
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Standing armies are obsolete;

Wow. I'm still letting this sink in.

The great breakthrough with Bitcoin is the censorship-resistant nature. If you are unacquainted with GATA then I highly suggest you spend some time reading the article titled Why I Helped GATA Accept Bitcoins – Economic Censorship and Free Speech. And the 15 minute speech by Dr. Edwin Vieira (who has 4 degrees from Harvard and practices before the US Supreme Court) is excellent as is the other speech by Robert Landis another Harvard trained attorney.

I will definitely be checking that out, thank you.

Who would you want to have backing your digital currency? The people who can hack or the innumerate?

I've thought about this before, actually. In fact, one of the things that got me interested in Bitcoin again was seeing Anonymous accepting it as a way to support their hacktivist activities. If Anonymous is behind it, it does have an army.

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April 03, 2013, 09:13:31 AM
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- Bitcoin is helping people against the tyranny of the banks.
- Bitcoin is helping people from developing countries without banking infrastructure(more then 1 milliard people) to get access to the global economy.
- Bitcoin is helping the world peace because bitcoin cannot be confiscated to finance wars.

So bitcoin is revolutionary in the best sense of the word.

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