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Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach

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On March 23, the Twitter handle @Bitcoin became mired in controversy after BTC supporters complained about the account and attempted to get the profile shut down. The operator of the Bitcoin Twitter profile has also accused the social media platform of manipulating matters by placing restrictions on the account and limiting its overall traffic.

Also read: Bitcoin and the Agora: Every Transaction Outside the Nexus of State Control Is a Victory

The Relentless Attempt to Silence a Twitter Handle

The owner of the Twitter handle @Bitcoin believes the account is being restricted for being critical toward the Bitcoin Core (BTC) network and the Lightning Network (LN). Over the last few weeks, several BTC supporters have advocated having the account suspended or reassigned to a group of core developers.

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach

The dispute arose because the @Bitcoin account shows support for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network. Hardcore maximalists and LN proponents believe that because the account calls itself ‘Bitcoin,’ it is fraudulently impersonating what they believe is the ‘real’ Bitcoin. On March 15, Twitter user @Moonoverlord opined that the account should be handed to the group of developers known as Bitcoin Core.

“So embarrassing the Bitcoin handle acts like this,” Moonoverlord tweeted. “Should be given back to the bitcoin core team instead of being used to start petty fights and mislead people.”

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach
The @Bitcoin Twitter handle showing how the account’s traffic has been drastically reduced. Its owner suspects Twitter employees of shadow banning.

The former moderator of the r/bitcoin subreddit, a Reddit forum known for rampant censorship, also agreed with the idea and explained the handle could be given to any developers behind BTC. “Doesn’t have to be the core devs — Could be the group of devs @sqcrypto funds with just positive and informative content,” explained the Twitter handle known as ‘Stop and Decrypt.’ Blockstream VP of Solutions, Warren Togami, replied to Stop and Decrypt’s commentary by stating that “It’s better for the name to be frozen forever — The account has been committing fraud for a long time — Surely this is a violation of ToS.”

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach

Twitter Suspensions and Shadow Bans

Following the controversy and people bickering about the handle this week, the @Bitcoin account detailed that it believed it was already being unfairly restricted. “Any journalists want to write about how Jack Dorsey (CEO of Twitter) is restricting accounts that are critical of one of his portfolio companies?” asked the Bitcoin handle on March 23. Twitter has also been accused of censorship and deplatforming for quite some time by many different critics.

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach

The Twitter founder is a publicly known Lightning Network investor and has helped fund the startup Lightning Labs. The Bitcoin account had previous problems with Twitter in April 2018, when the account was suspended for unknown reasons. After the account was suspended, the r/bitcoin community celebrated while others on social media thought the move by Twitter was immoral. For example, cryptocurrency news and research website Coinivore tweeted to Twitter and Jack Dorsey to say that the account “should be restored and allowed to express their opinion on scaling.” Eventually, the Bitcoin account was restored to the rightful owner, but ever since its social reach appears to have been neutered.

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach

The ‘One True Bitcoin’ Debate May Take Years to Settle

Right now the Bitcoin account doesn’t seem to be phased by the harassment and has continued to express opinions that are in opposition to scaling choices promoted by BTC and LN supporters. People who support the @Bitcoin handle expressing itself in any fashion have said that Bitcoin technology and the name are not a designated brand that solely belongs to BTC.

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach
Twitter has censored Alex Jones, Info Wars, and many alt-right conservatives.

In fact, the protocol has been forked roughly 47 times since the notorious split on August 1, 2017, and there are individuals who believe there are many forms of Bitcoin now. The people who believe there is no ‘one real’ Bitcoin are convinced the protocol they support is the “better Bitcoin.” Among the 47 odd forks, groups of people think that there are only three chains that have decent support and it will take years for the market to decide which coin will be considered ‘the one and only Bitcoin.’ Even the amount of proof-of-work (PoW) could change in a 10-year period or another Bitcoin fork could capture the most accumulated PoW as well as the biggest market capitalization. On Saturday, entrepreneur Vinny Lingham expressed his opinion on this manner, writing that BTC is a clear winner and incumbent. Lingham added that “it’s going to take a Herculean effort for BCH and BSV to overtake it.”

“That said, the over-reliance on the Lightning Network for scaling and extreme focus on decentralization with the risk of high fees at any moment is a major limiting factor,” Lingham continued.

Another example that describes the situation perfectly was when independent cryptocurrency researcher Hasu Fly explained the set of circumstances that led to Bitcoin forks in December 2018. Within his memorable essay “Unpacking Bitcoin’s Social Contract,” Hasu noted that usually Bitcoin’s social contract cannot fork and typically only one contract remains after a split. However, the cryptocurrency researcher explained that the BCH fork was a rare and different story.

“Forking the protocol doesn’t equal forking the social contract, so the new token is worthless by default,” Hasu’s essay notes. “In the rare case that the social contract itself splits (like when bitcoin cash split off from bitcoin), you end up with two weaker social contracts—each agreed to by fewer people than the old one.”

Bitcoin Account Accuses Twitter of Shadow Banning to Restrict Its Reach
Some people believe the ‘one true’ Bitcoin has not been decided upon.

The Sum of All Coins

To many people, the ultimate decision will be made by network participants and the free market in regard to what the ‘better Bitcoin’ is and it may not be decided for a very long time. Also, there are cryptocurrency supporters who hold BCH, BTC, and BSV as a ‘sum of all coins’ investment approach, in order to see which one reigns supreme in the future. People of this opinion believe that the Bitcoin twitter handle should not be restricted or frozen by the whims of the mob and a Lightning Network investor. However, in the crypto community, the oppression of mob rule and censorship has been extremely heavy in recent times. The Orwellian thought process expressed on Twitter shouldn’t be too surprising since forums like r/bitcoin, many crypto thought leaders, and various censorship apologists have promoted the obvious manipulation within the Bitcoin community since 2015.

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The Fed’s Low Interest Rates and QE Have Created a Dependent Generation

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On March 20, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) unanimously decided to keep federal interest rates unchanged. Critics believe that the central bank’s policy of near-zero interest rates and quantitative easing (QE) has corrupted the U.S. economy for nearly a decade and spawned a generation of socialists.

Also read: Bitcoin and the Agora: Every Transaction Outside the Nexus of State Control Is a Victory

The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee Too Stubborn to Raise Interest Rates

This week, numerous news outlets described how the Federal Reserve’s FOMC opposed changing interest rates again. The group seems leery toward normalizing the Reserve’s monetary policy. The central bank hasn’t budged on increasing interest rates higher than 3 percent since the financial crisis in 2008. This week’s FOMC shows the Fed is not willing to increase rates anytime soon and the current monetary policy will be sustained for the foreseeable. A number of economists think that the Fed’s stubbornness will impact badly on the economy for a variety of reasons. For one, keeping interest rates low distorts people’s perception of a healthy economy when younger generations grow used to homes and car loans boasting near-zero rates.

The Fed's Low Interest Rates and QE Have Created a Dependent Generation

Economists believe that the Fed’s low interest rates make savings an unattractive goal and with extremely low rates the idea of savings doesn’t make sense. Low rates hurt smaller banks like credit unions because individuals choose to keep fewer funds in checking and savings accounts. The rates also cause inflation to rise which makes savings even less worthwhile and to a majority of people borrowing makes more sense.

The Fed's Low Interest Rates and QE Have Created a Dependent Generation

This, in turn, makes debt increase as near-zero rates encourage people to consume more than they can afford. With rates never rising above 3 percent, the last decade has seen growing debt and excess and quantitative easing has fueled the flames even more. In addition to low interest rates since the Federal Reserve and Chairman Ben Bernanke’s administration, the Fed has been a money printing machine.

A Decade of Near-Zero Rates and QE Is Creating a Generation of Socialists

Back in the summer of 2016, it was estimated that the Fed had printed over $12.3 trillion of new money and nearly $10 trillion in negative-yielding global bonds since the financial crisis in 2008. Even today the Fed hasn’t stopped the printing madness and interest rate cuts continue unchallenged. In 2018, the Fed’s balance sheet exceeded $4 trillion and economists believe more QE is on the way. Skeptics think this has caused Generation Z and millennials to embrace socialism and the ideologies behind it. Notorious Zero Hedge columnist Tyler Durden explained on March 11 that a recent Harris-Axios Poll shows the Fed’s QE has likely bolstered the idea of a state fostered by socialism. Durden’s report emphasizes:

With younger generations financially penalized under QE to prevent the economy from a deflationary collapse, the Fed may have inadvertently transformed tens of millions of young Americans into socialist.

The Fed's Low Interest Rates and QE Have Created a Dependent Generation

The poll shows that American millennials and Gen Z’s are dealing with the low-paying gig economy, renting rather than owning, increasing debt, and rampant cost of living expenses and inflation. Additionally, the poll points out that 50 percent of young Americans today would choose to live under a socialist regime. 37 percent polled desire a socialist-based economy over capitalism. Moreover, the Fed is doing a good job of educating society and even created a mobile app that teaches young children about the ‘benefits’ of promissory notes.

The Fed's Low Interest Rates and QE Have Created a Dependent Generation

The Fed’s Failure: An Unimpressive Economy and Rising Inequality

A senior editor at the Mises Institute, Ryan McMaken, gives a seething critique of the FOMC decision and the Fed’s continued failure. McMaken denounces the FOMC’s fear of raising rates and believes the central bank’s actions have “coincided with both an unimpressive economy and rising inequality.” “If that’s not evidence of the Fed’s failure, it’s hard to imagine what is,” McMaken’s evaluation notes. Since the crash of 2008, QE, and the bailouts, cryptocurrencies have been a method for some to escape the manipulation created by the state and the Fed’s monetary policy. In fact, over the last decade, as the Fed has pursued this activity, safe haven investments like precious metals and bitcoin have risen in value exponentially.

What do you think about the FOMC’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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Bitcoin and the Agora: Every Transaction Outside the Nexus of State Control Is a Victory

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The cryptoconomy means many things to many people. For example, since the inception of Bitcoin in 2009, some individuals have used digital currencies as a form of agorism otherwise known as counter-economics. These people believe that using bitcoin as a tool to avoid state harassment is one of the technology’s key features with the potential to reduce the manipulation and civil abuses perpetrated by government bureaucracy.

Also read: This Short Animation Might Make You Think Twice About Taxes

Bitcoin and Agorism

Since the creation of the Bitcoin network, many libertarians have flocked to this technology. Groups of ideologists who believe in free markets, anarcho-capitalism, and the protection of property rights have all called cryptocurrencies a tool that can be weaponized against central controllers of the world’s money. Agorists, in particular, appreciate cryptocurrencies as a means to avoid state harassment and civil abuses like taxation at all costs. Because digital currencies can be used in a private manner if the user desires then people who live counter-economically can stop funding wars, the police state, corruption, and the oligarchy.

Bitcoin and the Agora: Every Transaction Outside the Nexus of State Control Is a Victory

Agorism stems from the Greek root word “agora,” which means “open markets” and the philosophy of counter-economics was first conceived by a libertarian philosopher named Samuel E Konkin III (SEK3). Konkin asserted that agorism is the ultimate strategy for living free because it involves any types of voluntary exchange, but makes sure the state is removed from the situation.

“Everyone is a resister to the extent that he survives in a society where laws control everything and give contradictory orders — All (non-coercive) human action committed in defiance of the state constitutes the counter-economy,” explains Konkin’s Agorist Primer.

Agorists partake in black markets and operate under the noses of the state in the gray area as well, which could mean avoiding taxes, dismissing the idea of permits and licenses, operating a business under the table, and circumventing regulations. Of course, using money is a big part of the ideological process as well and agorists prefer to settle exchanges by barter and trade, cash deals, and cryptocurrencies. The reason digital currencies like bitcoin are attractive to agorists is because the money is not issued by a central authority like a bank, no corporation is behind it, and most importantly it operates completely free from the state.

Bitcoin and the Agora: Every Transaction Outside the Nexus of State Control Is a Victory

Satoshi’s Bitcoin Privacy Instructions

Satoshi spoke a few times on how bitcoin will not be the “ultimate solution to political problems,” but on Nov. 7, 2008, the digital currency’s creator insisted: “We can win a major battle in the arms race and gain a new territory of freedom for several years.” Moreover, on Feb. 6, 2010, Satoshi recommended using Tor in order to add an extra layer of privacy to crypto transactions. “You could use Tor if you don’t want anyone to know you’re even using Bitcoin,” explained Nakamoto. “Bitcoin is still very new and has not been independently analysed — If you’re serious about privacy, Tor is an advisable precaution.”

On Nov. 25, 2009, Satoshi stated:

The possibility to be anonymous or pseudonymous relies on you not revealing any identifying information about yourself in connection with the bitcoin addresses you use. If you post your bitcoin address on the web, then you’re associating that address and any transactions with it with the name you posted under. If you posted under a handle that you haven’t associated with your real identity, then you’re still pseudonymous — For greater privacy, it’s best to use bitcoin addresses only once.

‘Each Transaction Makes a Difference, Strengthens the Agora’

There are many ways cryptocurrencies can be used to remove the state from consensual trades between individuals and many digital asset proponents believe this. Agorists also believe that vices are not crimes and label the drug war a crime against peaceful civilians. The founder of the Silk Road, ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ (DPR), also believed in the anti-authoritarian stance involved with Agorism.

“Every single transaction that takes place outside the nexus of state control is a victory for those individuals taking part in the transaction,” DPR stated back in 2012. “So there are thousands of victories here each week and each one makes a difference, strengthens the agora, and weakens the state.”

Bitcoin and the Agora: Every Transaction Outside the Nexus of State Control Is a Victory

Many believe that anti-state activity tied to Bitcoin like Wikileaks and the Silk Road helped fuel the digital currency’s real-world value during the early days. Moreover, with the dozens of darknet markets and sectors such as gambling, gray and black activities are still very prevalent within the cryptocurrency ecosystem. There are some digital currency supporters begging for cryptocurrencies to be regulated and ‘defined’ by the state. However, like it or not, on the opposite side of the spectrum, many agorists are intentionally doing things with cryptocurrencies that are considered ‘bad mannered’ and ‘uncouth.’

Bitcoin and the Agora: Every Transaction Outside the Nexus of State Control Is a Victory

Agorists and those who follow a sincere libertarian ideology believe that pro-state bitcoiners lack principles and the technology’s greatest expression of intentionality have always been anti-state. As the evolution of cryptocurrency grows more people who are anti-war, anti-state, and wholeheartedly believe in a society run by free markets will continue to be attracted to this technology.

Do you want to learn more about Agorism? Check out these links below.

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Craig ‘Satoshi’ Wright Claims to Have Filed 666 Blockchain Patents

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The race to file blockchain patents has accelerated lately with one specific firm, Nchain Holdings, attempting to capture hundreds of distributed ledger-related patents. According to reports, self-proclaimed Satoshi – Craig Wright – and his Nchain business claim to have filed 666 patent applications to date, capturing a gigantic portfolio of intellectual property.

Also Read: Jeff Garzik Subpoenaed in Kleiman Bitcoin Lawsuit Against Craig Wright

So-Called Satoshi’s Quest to Patent the Blockchain

The notorious Craig Wright, a man who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, is continuing his effort to obtain hundreds of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related patents. Wright is the chief scientist of Nchain but is best known for his attempts to prove he created Bitcoin over a decade ago.

Craig 'Satoshi' Wright Claims to Have Filed 666 Blockchain Patents
Craig Wright, the chief scientist of Nchain Holdings, has filed for hundreds of patents over the years. Wright has also claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto on numerous occasions.

Nchain has been relentlessly filing for digital currency and blockchain patents. According to a report published on March 7, Craig Wright and Nchain Holdings have applied for a total of 666 patents and they proudly announced this watershed moment after reaching this symbolic number.

“In fact, Craig Wright and Nchain have so many patent applications that we have now reached a fiendish milestone,” explains Nchain executive Jimmy Nguyen in the recent blog post. He continued:

Last month, Nchain filed patent application number 666 — That’s right — the number of the Beast, Satan himself.

Despite Nguyen’s claim, it’s hard to confirm the exact number of patents filed in Wright and Nchain’s name. The last report concerning Wright and Nchain’s patent acquisition was published and researched by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The report states that since August 2017 the organization has found roughly 155 patent applications filed by Wright. Nchain has filed and been granted numerous patents over the last few years, to the extent that the relatively unknown company seems to have more patents than most financial incumbents. This includes top blockchain patent holders such as Alibaba, Bank of America, Mastercard, IBM, and Accenture.

Craig 'Satoshi' Wright Claims to Have Filed 666 Blockchain Patents
Both Wright and Nchain executive Jimmy Nguyen speak publicly about these patent filings on a regular basis.

Moreover, Nchain’s blockchain patent filings can be found throughout many patent and trademark offices across the globe in countries like the U.K., U.S., Japan, and China. The intellectual property requests include concepts like a blockchain counting system and a method for use in secure voting, an operating system for blockchain-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, and an agent-based Turing complete feedback system built within a blockchain network. Those concepts are just scratching the surface when it comes to patent filings found peppered throughout the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the U.K.’s Intellectual Property Office.

Craig 'Satoshi' Wright Claims to Have Filed 666 Blockchain Patents

Technology Protection or Weapons for Patent Wars?

The large amount of filings begs the question: Why does Nchain Holdings and the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto need so many patents? According to Nchain, intellectual property (IP) is being obtained to protect the technology. Back in July of 2018, when Mastercard acquired a patent that facilitates anonymous cryptocurrency transactions, Coingeek’s Calvin Ayre stated: “This is precisely why Nchain has to go the patent route … to protect technology they invent to release open source.” In Nguyen’s latest blog post, the executive said that Nchain will “encourage companies to build on BSV where it will be free to use many of Nchain’s IP assets.”

“With hard work and great expense, Nchain has produced what we believe is the world’s largest and best quality blockchain patent portfolio in the world,” Nguyen’s blog post details. “Nchain will use its IP portfolio for good, not evil, to help the Bitcoin SV ecosystem.”

Many cryptocurrency users detest the idea of using patents within the cryptocurrency ecosystem, which is traditionally dominated by open source projects. With Visa, Mastercard, Bank of America, and Nchain, the range of patent applications lodged today is quite wide. Many cryptocurrency fans believe that patents are part of a strategic move to threaten developers, startups and smaller firms for years to come. Some digital asset proponents also believe the community should rally together to stop patent filers and large corporations from stealing prior art. A good majority of bitcoiners are not too worried about these patents for the specific reason that Bitcoin is prior art and technology that cannot be patented.

Craig 'Satoshi' Wright Claims to Have Filed 666 Blockchain Patents

However, some individuals have voiced concern over Wright and Nchain’s patent filing due to his dubious claims of being Bitcoin’s inventor. The greater Bitcoin community and most crypto fans in general do not believe Wright is Satoshi as he has been accused of plagiarism and condemned for creating phony blog posts, PGP keys, and allegedly doctoring many contracts and emails. However, skeptics like libertarian author Wendy McElroy believe that the “ignorance of the audience” and “knowing how to game the system” may maximize Wright’s chance of winning.

What do you think about Nchain and Craig Wright’s attempt to gather a vast collection of patents for the company’s IP portfolio? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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A Privacy-Focused Bitcoin Cash P2P Exchange Is Coming to Bitcoin.com

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Bitcoin.com is always been on a quest to promote Bitcoin adoption. Our educational resources, forums, newsdesk, and other services reflect that mission on a daily basis. Now our web portal is introducing a feature called Local Bitcoin Cash, a service that facilitates the peer-to-peer trading of local currency for bitcoin cash (BCH). The new service will be launching soon and users will be able to directly exchange BCH securely and without know-your-customer (KYC) requirements.

Also read: This Short Animation Might Make You Think Twice About Taxes

Local Bitcoin Cash

Over the last few years, cryptocurrencies have grown increasingly popular and those digital assets are far more accessible than they were in the early days. As the industry has matured, Bitcoin.com has grown into an extensive Bitcoin-themed web portal that offers a wide array of resources and services that bolster cryptocurrency accessibility. Now, Bitcoin.com is proud to announce the launch of a new service called Local Bitcoin Cash. The peer-to-peer exchange will be a great resource for the community and will advance our continued mission to promote economic freedom to everyone in the globe by introducing them to the great benefits of BCH.

A Privacy-Focused Bitcoin Cash P2P Exchange Is Coming to Bitcoin.com

The Local Bitcoin Cash trading platform will have three key ingredients that will make the exchange different to most peer-to-peer exchanges. Firstly, privacy will be of utmost importance and there will be no KYC verification required for Local Bitcoin Cash users. Secondly, the platform will provide end-to-end user side encryption; a system of communication where only users can read and decrypt their messages. Finally, just like our popular noncustodial Bitcoin.com Wallet, the peer-to-peer Local Bitcoin Cash exchange will be secure as the service never touches your funds.

A Privacy-Focused Bitcoin Cash P2P Exchange Is Coming to Bitcoin.com
Local.bitcoin.com will be launching soon and our readers at news.Bitcoin.com can get on the list to receive early bird notification when the Local Bitcoin Cash trading platform goes live.

An Exchange That Bolsters Bitcoin Cash Accessibility

The trading platform will allow users to see who’s buying and selling so that “offers” can be considered. Anyone in the world can post a bid to buy or sell BCH and all offers can be filtered by payment method, currency, location, and popularity. There will be a wide array of accepted payments from bank transfers and gift cards so people can purchase and sell bitcoin cash using a variety of payment methods.

A Privacy-Focused Bitcoin Cash P2P Exchange Is Coming to Bitcoin.com

Once you find a proposal you’re happy with, simply open a trade with anyone on Local.bitcoin.com. Choose the amount of bitcoin cash you want to buy or sell, and then lock the rate in. After the traders reach an agreement they can then make the exchange. Payment details are always discussed using end-to-end encrypted messages. From there, the BCH goes into an escrow account and once the seller confirms payment, the BCH is released from escrow to the buyer.

A Privacy-Focused Bitcoin Cash P2P Exchange Is Coming to Bitcoin.com

As mentioned above, bitcoin cash adoption and accessibility is one of Bitcoin.com’s primary goals and over-the-counter platforms are some of the most private ways to purchase cryptocurrencies. Moreover, not everyone in the world has access to a local trading exchange so in some countries peer-to-peer platforms are the only way to buy digital assets. A multitude of payment methods also extends crypto penetration even deeper because most online exchanges only offer a few funding options. Local.bitcoin.com will be launching soon and our readers at news.Bitcoin.com can get on the list to receive early bird notification when the Local Bitcoin Cash trading platform goes live. Simply head to the Local Bitcoin Cash portal and click on the button marked “Stay notified.”

What do you think about our upcoming service Local.bitcoin.com? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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This Short Animation Might Make You Think Twice About Taxes

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A Bitcoin Cash (BCH) supporter recently noted that the biggest hindrance to cryptocurrency adoption is tax laws and reporting taxes on digital currency usage. After reading the commentary, Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver shared a four-minute video about the subject of taxes in order to spark questions in the minds of people who might not understand what taxes are and why they have hindered the crypto economy.

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This Short Animation Teaches About Taxation and Why People Believe it Is Immoral

On March 10, the Bitcoin.com Official Youtube channel aired a brief video called “George Ought to Help,” an animated short on taxes and a universal agreement called the Non-aggression Principle. Bitcoin.com’s owner Roger Ver shared the video because a lot of cryptocurrency advocates have been talking lately about how taxation is not helping the crypto economy flourish. In fact, the process is constraining the digital currency industry with old school shackles that don’t fit this technology. The animated short “George Ought to Help” explains the idea of taxation in very simple terms by not leaping to conclusions but by merely asking a few thought-provoking questions.

This Short Animation Might Make You Think Twice About Taxes
Have you seen the short film “George Ought to Help?” Check it out here today.

The video asks you to imagine that you have a friend called George that you’ve known since childhood. However, you two are not as close as you were back when you were children, but you still meet George from time to time and get along very well. But one day while hanging out with George, another mutual friend named Oliver approaches who explains that he’s had a run of bad luck. Oliver details that he’s raising money for tuition fees for his kids and you decide to help Oliver out by giving him some money. George, however, does not offer any help and you try and persuade him but George just won’t budge. The video then asks an important question:

Imagining yourself in this situation — Do you think it’s okay to threaten to use physical force against George to get him to do the right thing?

In another example, the video asks you to imagine a slightly different situation. In this example, a group of your friends take a vote and 6 out of 10 are in favor of threatening George to get him to help Oliver. Again, another interesting question arises from the situation and the video’s narrator asks: “Does this democratic process make it okay to threaten George?” And with one last change to the concept, the video’s narrator supposes this time that thousands of people have democratically agreed that a group called the ‘agents’ shall do whatever is necessary to take money from George and give it to Oliver’s family.

This Short Animation Might Make You Think Twice About Taxes

The agents don’t explicitly threaten George at first as all they do is send him a bill. Like everyone else, George knows what will happen if he doesn’t pay the bill. First, he will get more letters demanding payment and the bill will get bigger. Eventually, if he still doesn’t pay, the agents with guns will break into his house and take him away against his will. Almost everyone pays the bills without question because they know that agents are prepared to use as much force as necessary to overpower those who resist. The video’s narrator poses another question to the viewer:

Do you think it’s acceptable for the agents to threaten violence against George if he doesn’t give his money to helping Oliver’s family?

Bitcoin’s Peaceful and Permissionless Existence Is the Exact Opposite of Compulsory Tax Collection

The video further explains that if a forced redistribution of wealth is approved by society then people must also accept that violence made against peaceful individuals is okay. Right now, in nearly every nation state, the use of violence, force, and coercion is how taxes are collected. Most of us feel uncomfortable with making these threats on our own, so with the so-called democratic system, people can accept the process when violence is executed by agents of the state. Over the last few decades, a growing number of people have came to believe that taxation is immoral because it is a form of theft due to its inherent use of threats of violence that transgress against property rights.

This Short Animation Might Make You Think Twice About Taxes

The animated short “George Ought to Help” shows how enforcing compulsory tax collection goes against society’s underlying non-aggression axiom or the golden rule. Known as the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP), it holds that it is immoral to initiate or threaten force against a peaceful individual’s property, even when a large majority of people vote to use force. However, as a large society, we have found that using ‘agents’ and so-called ‘representatives’ helps people ignore the NAP, because the person doesn’t have to accept responsibility for their actions if they decide to initiate violence. Using the ballot box to enforce taxes is far easier than attempting to collect these funds on your own.

Bitcoin allows for peaceful and voluntary trade in a permissionless manner and the idea that regulations and taxation will help bolster the crypto economy is absurd. Compulsory tax collection is the complete opposite of the inherent nature of Bitcoin and the technology’s peer-to-peer innovation. There is a reason taxes and cryptocurrencies mix like oil and water and the four-minute animated film gives a great explanation to why this is the case. People should forget about the complicated process involved with crypto taxes and question the very nature of taxation because to this day the system continues to encourage violence and the use of force against peaceful individuals.

Do you want to learn more about taxation, the NAP, and voluntaryism? Check out the links below for more resources including the short animation “George Ought to Help” by Tomasz Kaye.

What do you think about the video “George Ought to Help”? Let us know what you think about taxation and the non-aggression principle in the comments section below.

OP-ed disclaimer: This is an Op-ed article. Some of the opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own.


Image credits: Tomasz Kaye: Voluntaryist and Creator of “George Ought to Help,” Bitcoin.com, and Pixabay.


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It’s 2019 and IBM Is Still Trying to Find a Use Case for Blockchain

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IBM claims that six banks will issue stablecoins using its World Wire protocol which is based on the Stellar network. According to the tech giant, three banks have publicly committed to the initiative, and the remainder will reveal themselves soon. The announcement joins the resurgence of blockchain razzmatazz this year that feels eerily similar to the last time distributed ledger technology (DLT) was the cat’s meow back in 2016.

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IBM’s Race to Remain Relevant: From the ‘Largest Commercial Uses of Blockchain’ to Private Banks Issuing Stablecoins

With JP Morgan’s newly announced coin and Digital Asset replacing Blythe Masters with new CEO Yuval Rooz, it seems blockchain hype is steaming up once again like a warm pile of cow manure. One prime example is IBM recently making headlines when it announced that six banks signed letters of intent to produce stablecoins using the IBM protocol called World Wire. The barrage of IBM’s meaningless blockchain announcements over the years shows the fervor with which the multinational tech firm has tried to remain relevant. A few people might recall the distributed ledger mania three years ago when IBM told the world it planned to launch “the largest commercial uses of blockchain” by September 2016, back when everyone was gaga for enterprise blockchains that have produced nothing but media puffery.

However, according to IBM’s vice president of blockchain technologies, Jerry Cuomo, and a slew of online publications, the system promised in 2016 was allegedly supposed to free some of the “$100 million in capital tied up at any given time in transaction disputes in the IBM Global Financing unit.” IBM even released a blockchain platform available for cloud developers that looks like a cheesy Javascript copy of the NXT blockchain with a quirky VS Code extension. IBM also started the Open Blockchain Initiative and worked with the Hyperledger project that year. But like the storm of Hyperledger announcements, R3 signing 60 banks, and projects like Citigroup’s ‘Citicoin,’ IBM’s largest commercial uses of blockchain seem to be all fluff. While public blockchains like BCH, BTC, and ETH have settled trillions of notional value in a permissionless manner we should probably ask: What have all these corporate blockchains done in the last few years?

It's 2019 and IBM Is Still Trying to Find a Use Case for Blockchain
The lackluster IBM Blockchain 2.0 beta platform. Media publications are often eager to report on these so-called blockchains but rarely test them or even look at the protocol.

Technobabble Blockchains With Zero Innovation

Now IBM is using the Stellar protocol and claims that the “IBM Blockchain World Wire makes it possible for financial institutions to clear and settle cross-border payments in seconds.” Reading IBM’s World Wire homepage is like having a horrible flashback to 2015, however, where it’s blockchain mania all over again. The usual reasons stated for utilizing IBM’s blockchain include lowering clearing costs, cheap cross-border payments, and the ledger reduces a lot of time. IBM’s website insinuates that unlike those crazy libertarian bitcoiners, the corporation is willing to work with the current financial incumbents.

“Bitcoin mania has led some to believe that banks are no longer needed for secure global money transfer — Banks, however, disagree,” explains IBM’s World Wire website.

Of course, the general population and even the media publishing IBM’s blockchain fluff pieces about their quest to secure the globe’s money transfer system only get a gist of what the company wants the public to see. As with most enterprise blockchain projects, it’s all closed door deals and the media gets a technobabble press release about some banks using the platform. Whether it be IBM, Hyperledger, R3, or JPM coin, there’s nothing exciting about these enterprise blockchain solutions. Yet we read about these vacuous initiatives every day in some of the most prominent crypto and financial news outlets.

It's 2019 and IBM Is Still Trying to Find a Use Case for Blockchain

Many of the projects are downright absurd, like when everyone got excited about Bumble Bee tuna products being verified on the blockchain. Private blockchain swaps and financial banks trading stablecoins add nothing new to the table: take away the fancy wrapped DLT packaging and all you’re left with is a generic database. Cryptocurrency advocate Andreas Antonopoulos composed a tweet in 2016 that encapsulated the blockchain hype at the time.

‘Major banks complete first international transaction using a blockchain’ — You mean, the same thing bitcoin has done several million times?” Antonopoulos mocked.

The bitcoin evangelist continued:

Correction: Banks paid consultants thousands to do once what bitcoin does for pennies every day, thousands of times, better.

Right now there are many projects that are permissionless and have an open ledger for everyone to verify. Just because a blockchain project is backed by traditional big name incumbents doesn’t give it an edge over public cryptocurrency systems that have been around for a decade. The DLT-embellished stories large tech companies like IBM and banks like JP Morgan churn out are little more than a feeble attempt to stay relevant.

What do you think about IBM’s blockchain attempts over the years and other well known corporations developing enterprise digital ledgers? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Report: 87% of Crypto Exchanges May Be Falsifying Volume

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At least 87 percent of cryptocurrency exchanges may have falsified their reported trade volumes, a new study claims. According to a review of the top 100 exchanges by analytics company The Tie, most of the trading volume on the world’s largest crypto trading platforms is suspect.

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Suspicious Trading Volumes

“In total we estimated that 87 percent of exchanges’ reported trading volume was potentially suspicious and that 75 percent of exchanges had some form of suspicious activity occurring on them,” the company revealed in a series of tweets on its research findings.

“If each exchange averaged the volume per visit of CoinbasePro, Gemini, Poloniex, Binance, and Kraken, we would expect the real trading volume among the largest 100 exchanges to equal $2.1 billion per day. Currently that number is being reported as $15.9 billion,” added The Tie.

Report: 87% of Crypto Exchanges May Be Falsifying Volume
Trading volumes per exchange vs monthly web visits

Manipulation of trading volume data by exchanges has remained an area of concern within the cryptocurrency market. Several factors can artificially grow volume, making it look like there’s demand for a particular digital asset when interest is actually minimal or non-existent. Investors are often lured to exchanges with inflated volumes as that tends to create an element of trust and an impression of liquidity. However, doubts about the integrity of crypto markets could be preventing some professionals from entering the space and prompting closer regulatory scrutiny.

Inflated Volumes

In its study, The Tie looked at weighted average trading volume per user visit at major crypto exchanges Binance, Coinbase Pro, Poloniex, Gemini and Kraken – averaging $591 – and used similar metrics on other smaller exchanges. The New York-based company indicated that these exchanges were selected on account of their “large usage among institutions, reputation in the market, and because their web viewership appeared consistent with their reported trading volumes.”

It found that about 60 percent of exchanges reported volume that was 10 times higher than expected, at least as far as traffic to their websites was concerned. The practice was most prevalent at Bitmax, ZBG, Coinbene, Lbank and BW, the researchers alleged. Binance, Kraken, Coinbase Pro, and Poloniex had expected volume in line with their reported trading volume.

Report: 87% of Crypto Exchanges May Be Falsifying Volume
Expected real trading volume/Reported trading volume per exchange

While website viewership metrics don’t account for API or mobile app trading, they do provide a good basis of comparison across exchanges to identify suspicious reported volumes, explained The Tie. “Our team set out to determine whether volumes reported on cryptocurrency exchanges were genuine. We started by pulling a list of the top 100 exchanges by traded volume over the last 30 days,” the company said.

It continued: “We then used Similar Web website viewership metrics to calculate the estimated 30 days traffic to each exchange’s website. After doing this, we divided the reported volume for each exchange by the number of monthly website visits to determine the reported volume per visit.”

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In the Daily: Crypto Data Feed, BSV Sale, Bitmain Office Closed

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Intercontinental Exchange has added new coins to its cryptocurrency data feed and we’ve got the details in this installment of The Daily. This edition also features Coincheck’s announcement that it plans to sell its BSV holdings and reimburse users with Japanese fiat currency. Also, Chinese mining giant Bitmain has closed its office in Norway.

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ICE Adds More Coins to Its Cryptocurrency Data Feed

Intercontinental Exchange Inc., the operator of the New York Stock Exchange, has expanded the scope of its ICE Cryptocurrency Data Feed to cover dozens of new cryptocurrencies. The service uses data from hundreds of sources in the crypto space, as the platform announced earlier this month.

When it launched in January of last year, it was compiling data from around 15 exchanges. Now it promises users a comprehensive view of the market that can help them optimize their digital asset trading. The service is also targeting traditional financial institutions that want to enter the industry.

In the Daily: Crypto Data Feed, BSV Sale, Bitmain Office Closed

Last week ICE Data Services tweeted a list of the digital coins that have been included in the data feed so far. Among them are major cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin core (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ethereum (ETH) and litecoin (LTC).

Totaling almost 60 projects, the list also includes aelf, ardor, augur, cardano, basic attention token, BSV, BTG, bitshares, bytom, cybermiles, crypto.com, dash, decentraland, digibyte, dogecoin, elastos, eos , ethereum classic, gas, gemini dollar, huobi token, icon, iost, kyber network, lisk, metaverse ETP, miota, mithril, monero, nebulas, nem, neo, odyssey, omisego, ontology, paxos, qtum, ripple, siacoin, status, steem dollars, stellar, tenx, theta token, tether, tron, trueusd, usd coin, vechain, verge, waltonchain, zcash, zilliqa, and 0x.

Crypto Exchange Coincheck to Sell BSV Holdings

Japanese digital asset exchange Coincheck has announced intentions to sell the BSV holdings accumulated as a result of the hard fork of the Bitcoin Cash network in November. The platform plans to convert the coins to fiat money and reimburse its holders with the corresponding amounts in Japanese yen that will be deposited to their trading accounts.

In the Daily: Crypto Data Feed, BSV Sale, Bitmain Office Closed

Coincheck explained in an announcement quoted by AMB Crypto that the fiat equivalent could be lower than the market price of the coins and noted that a fee will be charged for yen withdrawals. The exchange did not reveal the date and the exact time of the upcoming sale in order to avoid affecting the market price of the currency. It also stated that only BSV funds will be sold.

Bitmain Closes Office in Norway

Chinese crypto mining giant Bitmain has closed its branch in Norway only a year after its opening. The Beijing-headquartered company has already terminated all its operations in the Scandinavian country and moved its office to Germany, ICO Shock reported, quoting the former Norwegian manager of the company, Julie Hvideberg.

According to the executive, the main reason for the move is the revocation of electricity subsidies for mining facilities in the country. In November, the Norwegian government decided that crypto-based data centers should pay the full electricity rates and taxes, unlike traditional data centers.

In the Daily: Crypto Data Feed, BSV Sale, Bitmain Office Closed

The publication highlights the controversial nature of the decision which attracted a lot of criticism from the power and data industry. Hvideberg, who has already quit her job, believes that in the future major mining pools will be concentrated in China and Russia, where electrical energy is much cheaper.

On the backdrop of falling crypto prices, Bitmain closed its Amsterdam office and suspended its operations in a Texas-based mining facility in mid-January. And in December, the company shut down its research and development center in Israel.

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American Electronics Giant Avnet Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Payments

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Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), a Phoenix, Arizona headquartered technology solutions company, has announced on Tuesday that it is now working with Bitpay to accept cryptocurrency payments for its products and services including bitcoin cash (BCH).

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One of the Largest Global Technology Solution Providers on the Fortune 500

Founded in 1921, Avnet is one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and embedded solutions. It ranks at number 128 on the Fortune 500 list and at number 414 on the Fortune Global 500, with revenues of about $20 billion a year. The electronics giant explained that it is adding support for cryptocurrency payments to provide its customers with more convenient ways to complete their financial transactions so they can focus on developing their products – not on how to pay for them.

American Electronics Giant Avnet Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Payments

“As one of the largest global technology solution providers on the Fortune 500 list, Avnet is truly an innovative company that listens to the needs of their customers, as demonstrated by their decision to accept bitcoin payments,” said Sonny Singh, Bitpay’s chief commercial officer. “Not only is paying with bitcoin easier and faster than with credit cards and bank wires, it is less expensive and acceptance of it is growing. I predict Avnet will attract many new blockchain-focused customers from around the world that want to take advantage of paying with bitcoin.”

Several Multi-Million-Dollar Cryptocurrency Transactions Already Closed

Avnet also revealed on Tuesday that it has already closed several multi-million dollar cryptocurrency transactions within the first month of accepting cryptocurrency payments. This includes working with Bitcoin.com to develop a new hardware wallet that will enable cryptocurrency storage and provide the highest level of security for transactions.

American Electronics Giant Avnet Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Payments

The way the cryptocurrency payments service works is that when an Avnet customer elects to make a purchase with bitcoin core (BTC) or bitcoin cash (BCH), the company will work with Bitpay to verify the funds, process the order and complete the transaction. The two American companies will also have the ability to manage and process cryptocurrency requests outside the U.S. on a country by country basis.

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