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October 26, 2014, 09:50:43 PM
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October 26, 2014, 09:57:31 PM
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In theory, it's easy, but we've yet to see a massive attempt by a government to actually confiscate Bitcoin and I'm not talking about taking down a couple of drug markets, all you'd have to do is either take it on a USB or rent a VPS in a certain country you're going to and then send it over and retrieve it once you cross the border.
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October 26, 2014, 09:59:39 PM
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In theory, it's easy, but we've yet to see a massive attempt by a government to actually confiscate Bitcoin and I'm not talking about taking down a couple of drug markets, all you'd have to do is either take it on a USB or rent a VPS in a certain country you're going to and then send it over and retrieve it once you cross the border.

I've always thought this was the strongest argument for Bitcoin. Just wanted some deeper thoughts than mine Smiley

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October 27, 2014, 12:38:20 AM
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If Bitcoin would get controled by the government, it will be just like any other currency.
That is what makes Bitcoin so special in my opinion
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October 29, 2014, 10:13:36 AM
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If Bitcoin would get controled by the government, it will be just like any other currency.
That is what makes Bitcoin so special in my opinion

But the thing is Bitcoin still CAN be controlled by governments. Remember the Chinese government backlash against BTC late last year? All it takes is for a government to ban it outright. Sure, there will still be users on the black market but the mainstream will see it as something illegal and something that is not worth their time. That is how governments can control Bitcoin.

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October 29, 2014, 12:57:28 PM
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If Bitcoin would get controled by the government, it will be just like any other currency.
That is what makes Bitcoin so special in my opinion

Decentralized. That is the world.
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October 29, 2014, 01:42:26 PM
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The gov isn't able to directly control bitcoin network but only able to regulate the individuals or startups who are dealing with bitcoin. You can easily evade the capital control by the gov and just do on-chain transaction.

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October 29, 2014, 03:28:45 PM
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Yes.

This occurs due to the simple fact that bitcoin lacks a physical location.  Therefore when one crosses a national border with capital controls, the movement or lack of of the bitcoin cannot be affected.

Another example is when a country, say Argentina, restricts the inflow and use of a substitute currency - like the US dollar.  The BTC can be made illegal, but this is a different matter than restricting it's use.

Legal or illegal does not restrict black markets, rather they flourish where supply is lower than demand due to legal restrictions.  Thus restrictions encourage black markets very existence. 

I suspect this means that "making bitcoin illegal" will cause it to flourish in those countries which make it illegal, but nobody is really sure at this point.  Kind of like Prohibition and the War on Drugs.....
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October 30, 2014, 03:05:49 AM
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The gov isn't able to directly control bitcoin network but only able to regulate the individuals or startups who are dealing with bitcoin. You can easily evade the capital control by the gov and just do on-chain transaction.

Governments can, however, dissolve mining pools and other critical, meatspace elements of Bitcoin.

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October 30, 2014, 07:54:05 AM
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It doesn't have the potential to evade capital controls, it renders them obsolete right now.

How can you back up what you said?
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October 30, 2014, 07:58:52 AM
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Of course it does, that is the main reason of banning bitcoin in countries with exchange controls. They are currently focusing on the exchanges because they can't prevent users from owning bitcoins, only users conventing to local currencies.

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October 31, 2014, 08:00:51 AM
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The essential reason of controlling the price of Bitcoin is the two attitudes for it. One is its subversive significance for financing and currency and collection value of scarce quantity, in the long run, its value is sure to rise. However, the expected political risk of bitcoin which was covered in dark dealing for a long time is corresponding attitude. Certainly, everyone knows this. It is not practical that Bitcoin can circulate widely as a currency; however, it is fantastic to collect and circulate in small scope. However, the passion of speculator for Bitcoin will not decease in short period, so Bitcoin will keep going to be in a rollercoaster.
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October 31, 2014, 09:07:58 AM
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But the thing is Bitcoin still CAN be controlled by governments. Remember the Chinese government backlash against BTC late last year? All it takes is for a government to ban it outright. Sure, there will still be users on the black market but the mainstream will see it as something illegal and something that is not worth their time. That is how governments can control Bitcoin.

I agree, what with all of the China exchanges going away and no more Bitcoin in China anymore. The proof is in the pudding.

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October 31, 2014, 09:10:44 AM
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But the thing is Bitcoin still CAN be controlled by governments. Remember the Chinese government backlash against BTC late last year? All it takes is for a government to ban it outright. Sure, there will still be users on the black market but the mainstream will see it as something illegal and something that is not worth their time. That is how governments can control Bitcoin.

I agree, what with all of the China exchanges going away and no more Bitcoin in China anymore. The proof is in the pudding.

That's not proof in the slightest, all they've done is shut down some exchanges, I have yet to see them attempt to stop people from making direct transactions in Bitcoin, for all this talk about getting away from government on this forum you guys sure don't think that way sometimes and are quick to despair when they take the ability to trade for fiat currency.

Just so you know, even if they took down all the trading exchanges in the UK that deal in pound I would still be able to trade Bitcoin for gold and sell that off.
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October 31, 2014, 09:27:24 AM
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But the thing is Bitcoin still CAN be controlled by governments. Remember the Chinese government backlash against BTC late last year? All it takes is for a government to ban it outright. Sure, there will still be users on the black market but the mainstream will see it as something illegal and something that is not worth their time. That is how governments can control Bitcoin.

I agree, what with all of the China exchanges going away and no more Bitcoin in China anymore. The proof is in the pudding.

That's not proof in the slightest, all they've done is shut down some exchanges, I have yet to see them attempt to stop people from making direct transactions in Bitcoin, for all this talk about getting away from government on this forum you guys sure don't think that way sometimes and are quick to despair when they take the ability to trade for fiat currency.

Just so you know, even if they took down all the trading exchanges in the UK that deal in pound I would still be able to trade Bitcoin for gold and sell that off.

Ya, I was being sarcastic considering China has the highest volume of all exchanges...China should ban some more to increase the volume even more.

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October 31, 2014, 04:49:32 PM
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It doesn't have the potential to evade capital controls, it renders them obsolete right now.

How can you back up what you said?

I can send bitcoins to anyone with a public Bitcoin address, right now, without asking for help from a middleman or permission from an authority. Anyone who can connect to the internet can download a client and obtain a Bitcoin address to receive bitcoins without asking for help from a middleman or permission from an authority.

Stupid shit thats how, nonsense. This assume the person on the other end wants a fucking bitcoin. Retards think people are gonna eat a bitcoin, live under a bitcoin, heat themselves with a bitcoin, pay taxes with a bitcoin.

Bitcoin can't stop capital controls because it requires national fiat to operate. The government will simply go to the point of centralization and demand its cut and maybe accountability.  

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October 31, 2014, 05:14:01 PM
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This assume the person on the other end wants a fucking bitcoin.

Yeah, it does assume the person on the other end wants to be free. If they want to be a wage slave, they are obviously going to have to deal with capital controls.

Freedom isn't easy and it isn't going to get any easier. You seem to want the "final" solution now. Well... it doesn't exist. We can only hope to work towards it.


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1.The Scarcity Model: A single uniform quantity in limited supply made valuable by its own scarcity.
In other words, the value of this type of money depends on the supply of, and demand for, the money commodity itself. Conventional definitions of money define money only in terms of this model, a "medium of exchange". Examples are: cowries, gold and silver, fiat cash and coins, bank credit, and now, in the model's purest and most spectacularly speculative form, Bitcoin.

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November 04, 2014, 10:55:52 PM
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The gov isn't able to directly control bitcoin network but only able to regulate the individuals or startups who are dealing with bitcoin. You can easily evade the capital control by the gov and just do on-chain transaction.

Governments can, however, dissolve mining pools and other critical, meatspace elements of Bitcoin.

Mining pools aren't critical elements of Bitcoin. They could all disappear today and Bitcoin would continue to function. (Of course, hash rate providers are going to have to learn to solo mine or use P2Pool, but any of them worth their salt should be defaulting to solo mining on pool failure anyway.)

Everything that makes duplicating the Bitcoin space non-trivial is fundamental to its market dominance.

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November 05, 2014, 12:32:55 AM
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This assume the person on the other end wants a fucking bitcoin.

Yeah, it does assume the person on the other end wants to be free. If they want to be a wage slave, they are obviously going to have to deal with capital controls.

Freedom isn't easy and it isn't going to get any easier. You seem to want the "final" solution now. Well... it doesn't exist. We can only hope to work towards it.
Except it doesn't quite work that way.  What happens is that a substitute currency infiltrates a country at the person to person level.  Historically IIRC these events are 10-70ish years in the making.  The substitute comes gradually to be accepted and used because it was needed.  It was needed because of the debasing of the country's fiat currency by those in power.

The substitute is always fought by those who ruined the primary currency, but eventually they need it too.

The substitute comes into play because it is necessary expedient in commercial transactions, often having a pricing advantage. 

So....right now there are people on the other end who "wants a fucking bitcoin."  This user base is expanding.  It may be expected that being an Internet phenomenon it's expansion may be more like that of Facebook or Ebay than traditional substitute currency models.  But the expansion is obviously limited by the (rising) number of people and companies that want to trade with the currency.
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November 05, 2014, 01:55:18 AM
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I don't think so.  Some of the ATMs don't ask for ID but most of them seem to.  Somebody who would want to engage in capital flight would have to sell it privately per individual and I suspect this is a highly illegal activity in most areas and you also risk being mugged.

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