Bitcoin Forum
October 19, 2018, 09:09:24 PM *
News: Make sure you are not using versions of Bitcoin Core other than 0.17.0 [Torrent], 0.16.3, 0.15.2, or 0.14.3. More info.
 
   Home   Help Search Donate Login Register  
Pages: [1]
  Print  
Author Topic: Memo to Krugman: 7 Problems Solved by Crypto  (Read 37 times)
stuntpope
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Activity: 1
Merit: 0


View Profile
August 04, 2018, 04:54:55 PM
 #1


Paul Krugman took time out from his European vacation to write why he’s a cryptocurrency skeptic. This is not surprising given who he is and what his positions have been over his career. Most of the orthodox criticisms against cryptocurrency  I covered previously in my “This Time is Different: What Bitcoin Isn’t” and “What Bitcoin Actually Is” series. But it’s worth recounting how one could easily take many of these criticisms against Bitcoin, search and replace “bitcoin” or “cryptocurrency” for “US dollar” and come out with are more applicable criticism of the modern fiat money system.

Quote
“Cryptocurrencies, by contrast, have no backstop, no tether to reality. Their value depends entirely on self-fulfilling expectations — which means that total collapse is a real possibility. If speculators were to have a collective moment of doubt, suddenly fearing that Bitcoins were worthless, well, Bitcoins would become worthless.”

This is more or less a truism that can be said about any fiat currency. Krugman seems to not notice, or care, that for most of recorded history, most currencies were either hard currencies (gold, silver, etc) or hard backed. Elastic, fiat currency, worldwide has only been around since the 70’s, and here’s Krugman complaining that it’s Bitcoin that has a tethering problem (or lack thereof). Further,

Quote
“In normal life, people don’t worry about where the value of green pieces of paper bearing portraits of dead presidents comes from: we accept dollar notes because other people will accept dollar notes. Yet the value of a dollar doesn’t come entirely from self-fulfilling expectations: ultimately, it’s backstopped by the fact that the U.S. government will accept dollars as payment of tax liabilities — liabilities it’s able to enforce because it’s a government.”

But people do lose faith in both currencies and governments. There have been 21 hyperinflations over the last 25 years.

It’s happening right now in Venezuela, where the inflation rate is on track to hit 1,000,000% by the end of the year, and Turkey may be next up.

Cryptocurrencies, meanwhile, are tethered to math. While in Krugman’s own words, fiat currencies can be created out of nothing:

Quote
“Instead of money created by the click of a mouse, we have money that must be mined — created through resource-intensive computations.”

Yes, that is entirely the point. In a recent Peak Prosperity podcast Chris Martenson quoted Charlie Munger’s observation:  “show me the incentives and I’ll show you the outcome”.

Krugman wonders “What problem does [Bitcoin] solve? I have yet to see a clear answer to that question.” Maybe we can clarify things by starting with the outcome: the fact that cryptocurrencies are here and as the data shows, steadily gaining traction, and then work backwards. (By gaining traction I’m not even talking about price action of any given cryptocurrency, I mean usage-based metrics like transaction volume, active addresses, hashing power, etc)

Via https://medium.com/@mccannatron/12-graphs-that-show-just-how-early-the-cryptocurrency-market-is-653a4b8b2720

When we work backwards we can arrive at what the incentives were that to give rise to this phenomenon. When we do so we’ll understand that they didn’t spontaneously arise out of whim, they came about for a reason, and those reasons are the problems that crypto solves.

Crypto’s 7 Mothers of Invention

Read the rest:

Via hackernoon:
https://hackernoon.com/memo-to-krugman-7-problems-cryptocurrency-solves-93ff0394286

Via original blog:
https://guerrilla-capitalism.com/articles/memo-to-krugman-7-problems-cryptocurrency-solves/

1539983364
Hero Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1539983364

View Profile Personal Message (Offline)

Ignore
1539983364
Reply with quote  #2

1539983364
Report to moderator
1539983364
Hero Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1539983364

View Profile Personal Message (Offline)

Ignore
1539983364
Reply with quote  #2

1539983364
Report to moderator
Advertised sites are not endorsed by the Bitcoin Forum. They may be unsafe, untrustworthy, or illegal in your jurisdiction. Advertise here.
1539983364
Hero Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1539983364

View Profile Personal Message (Offline)

Ignore
1539983364
Reply with quote  #2

1539983364
Report to moderator
1539983364
Hero Member
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 1539983364

View Profile Personal Message (Offline)

Ignore
1539983364
Reply with quote  #2

1539983364
Report to moderator
cryptogalaxy789
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Activity: 70
Merit: 0


View Profile
August 06, 2018, 07:16:02 PM
 #2

Good to see influential personality like Paul Krugman writing about cryptos and the problems that can be solved using it. He also mentions the pull backs of cryptos precisely and if we can overcome those then we can have a crypto friendly economy for the future. Very good read indeed.
CryptoBry714
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Activity: 70
Merit: 0


View Profile
August 06, 2018, 08:52:39 PM
 #3

That is a very good read. We really need writers and economist like him who can actually make newcomers and pros both understand the importance of cryptos and why we should use them in the first place. Many of these writers and bloggers write critical articles which are not at all helpful. Thanks for sharing!
RaidNow
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Activity: 76
Merit: 0


View Profile
August 07, 2018, 03:45:19 PM
 #4

We all know the work of Krugman and his skepticism towards the entire crypto market and how it operates. He is still in the orthodox methods of using money, so his comments weren't that big of a surprise. We all have better things to worry about than this.
StringFire
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Activity: 81
Merit: 0


View Profile
August 07, 2018, 04:09:39 PM
 #5

The sole purpose why it bother Krugman because of its intangibility. If this was more or less like a credit or debit card system, he would not have batted an eyelash. Nevertheless, we are familiar with the nature of the market and we trust its existence since 2009.
sufiasyl
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Activity: 126
Merit: 0


View Profile WWW
August 10, 2018, 06:51:19 AM
 #6

That's a big news for the cryptocurrency community. The partnership of Microsoft and Starbucks is going to make revolutionary change in the market. The frappuccinos can be paid with Bitcoin. Bakkt is the company through which this will occur.
Pages: [1]
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Sponsored by , a Bitcoin-accepting VPN.
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!