Understanding the Ideological Aspects of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

Understanding the Ideological Aspects of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

Beyond exploring the practical applications of Bitcoin, it is also important to understand the bigger picture, the bigger issues. Here, we collect the thoughts and ideas from people who have made the effort to think about these and communicate them through videos, articles or blog posts. 

Why Bitcoin Matters

Marquez Comelab, Trading Adventures | Posted: 30th Dec 2020 | Source: 30th Dec 2020 | Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Trading & Investing, Business, Economics

When I first heard about Bitcoin, I thought it was just some toy with which some technologists invented so they can amuse themselves. I just assumed it was all still experimental. I did not look much into it. Many of you are probably thinking along those same lines. What is the point of it? Why should it matter? I believe we need to understand the bigger reasons why we should even get involved in anything let alone Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies.

So in this video, I am going to talk to you about when I started taking Bitcoin seriously. I had an experience that made me think that perhaps, Bitcoin is more than just a new technological toy when I began to understand the types of problems that it could help solve.

Covid-19, the Near Future and You (Part III)

Marquez Comelab, Trading Adventures | Posted: 24th Nov 2020 | Source: 24th Nov 2020 | Bitcoin, Trading Signals, Cryptocurrencies, Trading & Investing, Business, Economics, Technology, News & Current Affairs

In this video, we complete our discussion on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, how it is affecting the job market, businesses and industries. What trend has it triggered in how people make their living and we highlight how technology, like the Internet, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies can and may help us.

How far Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies fell from their all-time highs and will they rise again

Marquez Comelab, Trading Adventures | Posted: 24th Nov 2020 | Source: 18th Nov 2020 | Bitcoin, Trading Signals, Cryptocurrencies, Trading & Investing, Business

We take a look at how far Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies have fallen from their all-time highs and where they are now. With recent news of big institutional investors soaking up Bitcoin's supply, will Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies rise again?

Covid 19, The Near Future and You (Part II)

Trading Adventures, Marquez Comelab | Posted: 1st Nov 2020 | Source: 1st Nov 2020 | Bitcoin, Trading Signals, Cryptocurrencies

Times seem bleak as we face the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and retreat to our homes in lockdown. In the past, people had gone through something similar.

In this video, I share with you an inspiring story of a town called Eyam and the sacrifice they made to quarantine themselves during an epidemic to stop the spread of the Bubonic Plague spreading across England in 1665 and 1666.

We also find out that Isaac Newton used his time in lockdown to do science. After only about a year in isolation, he had written three papers on calculus, solved the mystery of colours and light and came up with his theory of gravity which changed the world.

If you are feeling lost or demotivated while in lockdown, I hope these two stories can help remind you that perhaps, days in lockdown and isolation present opportunities to build, create or learn.

Ray Dalio Says 'Inflation Is Coming' - How To Prepare

Finance Fix, Ray Dalio | Posted: 15th Aug 2020 | Source: 15th Aug 2020 | Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Trading & Investing, Economics

I wrote about my concerns for inflation a few months ago. The printing of money, as necessary as it may seem to be in the short-term, has long-term ramifications. Ray Dalio explains these concerns further. Wealth is not destroyed, rather it is transferred to another asset, to another country, etc. This is why investing or trading in other assets like real-estate, gold, silver, Bitcoin SV and other cryptocurrencies. The more diverse your portfolio is, the better.

List of different cryptocurrencies and how are they different from each other?

Marquez Comelab | Posted: 3rd Aug 2020 | Cryptocurrencies, Trading & Investing, Technology

There are over 1000 different crypto-currency or crypto-asset projects in existence at the moment. Here is a summary of the major ones and later, I will be adding some that just happened to hit my radar. It is not supposed to be objective and complete. Instead, I provide you with my opinions and bias that formed as a result of my reading and research and provide what comes to me as the most important and significant about each of them.  

Bitcoin (BTC)

What is Bitcoin (BTC)?

Bitcoin BTC is the blockchain and project on which Satoshi Nakamoto implemented his vision of Bitcoin. After he left however, Bitcoin developers continued to make changes to the Bitcoin protocol to a point where, personally, I no longer think it resembles and represents the Bitcoin that Nakamoto wrote about in his Whitepaper that describes what Bitcoin is, its key features and its incentives. 

What is going for Bitcoin BTC?

  • Most people think it is still Bitcoin.
  • Many people are still promoting it as Bitcoin. 

What is going against Bitcoin BTC?

  • Even though many people still think and promote Bitcoin (BTC) to be Bitcoin, in my opinion, BTC has lost most of what makes Bitcoin as it was initially written and described by Satoshi Nakamoto in the Bitcoin Whitepaper. BTC is Bitcoin in name only.
  • The stranglehold of Blockstream, the Bitcoin development team and their financial backers on the direction of the project have taken Bitcoin into a path which will doom Bitcoin BTC from being useable and adopted in the long-run, in my opinion. 
  • Changes and initiatives such as Segwit, the Lightning Network, and  discussions of removing the supply limit of Bitcoin, are warning indicators that people behind the development and implementation of Bitcoin (BTC) now are trying to re-create the same power and structure that we already have, on the blockchain. They just want to do it where they get to have the power, influence and control. They do not seem to care about minimising fees and making Bitcoin BTC a currency for everyone, around the world to use, something that Satoshi Nakamoto clearly aspired to achieve.  

ETHEREUM (ETH)  

What is Ethereum?

It is a cryptocurrency project focussed on incorporating smart contracts. 

What is going for Ethereum?

  • Being able to program contracts and control the release and transfer of cryptocurrency based on the terms of a programmable agreement, is something that can open a wide range of applications across all industries and so, it is a worthy goal. 
  • It is just as recognised as Bitcoin (BTC).
  • Lots of big money has invested in it already, this means lots of people promoting it. 

What is going against Ethereum?

  • Ethereum has problems scaling to the dismay of many investors, developers and users. But then again, scaling is a problem for almost all cryptocurrency projects. The only one I think that can scale is Bitcoin SV at the moment.  

XRP

What is XRP?

It is a cryptocurrency project that focusses on solving problems associated with banking and the banking systems.

What is going for XRP?

  • The problems it is trying to solve are huge, and if solved, they can make things more efficient for banks and the banking system, which in turn, offer potential gains for investors, XRP holders and its end-customers, us. 
  • The people behind them strike me as more professional, as well as legally and financially more aware than most projects.

What is going against XRP?

  • There is debate over XRPs decentralisation. Ripple Labs and its executives try to distance themselves from XRP to make it look as though XRP is an independent cryptocurrency. My personal view is that at the moment, Ripple exerts too much ownership, power and control over the cryptocurrency and its eco-system; therefore, I do not consider them as decentralised. One can argue that many other projects also are supported and backed by only one or a couple of huge investors. Still, I do not see a path for Ripple-XRP to ever really be "decentralisable". 

Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

What is Bitcoin Cash?

This project started when a group of Bitcoin supporters, investors and users saw that Bitcoin (BTC)'s ability to be used as cash was being eroded by the changes that Bitcoin developers began implementing since about 2017. They forked Bitcoin — including its history of transactions — so that they can continue to develop Bitcoin as digital cash.

You read it often times from sources who support BTC that BCH have somehow stolen or taking advantage of the Bitcoin brandname or goodwill. I want to point out that forking Bitcoin is allowed, despite the protestations of BTC fans who do not understand this basic feature of open-source software. It also protects against the hijacking of Bitcoin as a project because other people can always fork it when they feel it is not going the right direction.

What's going for Bitcoin Cash?

  • One of Bitcoin's earliest investor, promoter and supporter is Roger Ver. His tireless efforts to get people and businesses to actually use Bitcoin has been carried over to Bitcoin Cash when he, along with many like him who believed that Bitcoin is digital cash, diverted their efforts to developing Bitcoin Cash. In this spirit, the Bitcoin Cash community targetted businesses to use Bitcoin Cash as cash. They managed to achieve some success in Australia and South Korea and Japan doing this.
  • I also agree that the use and adoption of a cryptocurrency to pay for everyday goods and services is key to the success of a cryptocurrency project. A true digital, open-source cash that is cheap and easy to send anywhere in the world is still a need that remains unfulfilled.

What is going against Bitcoin Cash?

  • Last time I looked into it, the project is undergoing internal conflict between its users, investors and developers. As at August 2020, there are discussions of another fork. The divides their community, eco-system and therefore their efforts. Much of it stems from the fact that they are still tinkering around with the Bitcoin Protocol. In this regard, BCH is similar to BTC in the sense that they are still more or less play-things for developers. How can businesses and enterprises begin building on their protocol when the protocol is very likely to be changed every few months? Huge entities like corporations and governments cannot develop on such fragile, fickle, protocols. Here, I am persuaded more by BSV's approach to "lock the protocol to keep it stable". Everyone else can develop on top of it. 

Bitcoin Satoshi Vision, Bitcoin SV (BSV) 

Out of all the projects out there, I believe mostly in Bitcoin Satoshi Vision. I want it to succeed because it adheres to the original vision and mission of Satoshi Nakamoto and the principles he laid out in the Bitcoin Whitepaper — a document that defines what Bitcoin is. Every argument made about, and in support for Bitcoin before 2017, can be made for Bitcoin BSV because it is the only project in existence now that is committed in implementing Bitcoin as it was described in the original Bitcoin Whitepaper.

What is Bitcoin SV?

Bitcoin SV supporters split from Bitcoin Cash when they noticed that Bitcoin Cash is getting bogged down with changing the Bitcoin Protocol yet again. They believed that Bitcoin could scale with the original protocol that Satoshi Nakamoto released initially. They were laughed at and ridiculed by Bitcoin BTC and Bitcoin Cash BCH investors and developers. 

It took a team of BSV developers about a year to re-write the Bitcoin protocol back to as close as they can get it to the original. On February 2020, Bitcoin SV's developers successfully implemented BSV to run on a protocol based on the original. Months on, they have shown that Bitcoin SV has one of the cheapest transaction costs compared to Bitcoin BTC and BCH. It is fast to send, and it can handle large numbers of transactions simultaneously. In other words, Bitcoin SV works as Bitcoin should. 

What's going for it?

  • It works, and it scales.
  • BSV sets the protocol in 'stone'. This solves a lot of issues regarding decentralisation, ownership and control. It removes the power and incentives towards a group of people trying to influence and hijack Bitcoin by removing their ability to change the protocol.  
  • The trap with BTC between 2017-2018 was that most people were mesmerised with its meteoric price rise and the focus became more about the price. It made it hard for developers and entrepreneurs to focus on activities that brought in rewards in the longer term. It seemed more rewarding to buy Bitcoin BTC, hold and watch its price go up. 
  • Naturally, many BSV fans get excited by the increase in BSV's price, but trading it is dampened down. If you look into the messages promoted in their campaigns, they encourage and support developers and entrepreneurs to build on the network instead. Create things that will make life easier. Do business on the blockchain. I believe this is what matters for Bitcoin to succeed: Focus on the utility, use and adoption. The rest will follow. This is a healthier attitude for a cryptocurrency community to have. 

What's going against BSV?

  • Many articles and opinion pieces published online paint BSV in a negative light. Over time, however, people will notice that the attacks on BSV are mostly personal attacks on Craig Wright. Arguments that focus on attacking the person, instead of his ideas, is a big sign of weakness to me. It is becoming clearer that Craig Wright was right on many fronts. His hard-headed assertion and insistence that Bitcoin's original protocol could scale, for example, is now proven to be correct. Bitcoin SV now has the capacity exceeding that of Bitcoin BTC and Bitcoin BCH. Still, it takes some time to get people to see these. So long as the people behind BSV have the patience, perseverance and belief in their mission — they will succeed. 

This is not a complete list and I will revise this when I have more time. But if you are new to cryptocurrencies, this may lead you towards your early readings.

 

What about you — Which is your favourite cryptocurrency and why? 

GEORGE GILDER - LIFE AFTER GOOGLE: How The Singularity & Cryptocurrency Will Redefine Humanity

London Real, George Gilder | Posted: 1st Aug 2020 | Source: 1st Aug 2020 | Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Trading & Investing, Business, Economics, Technology

Bitcoin: Beyond The Bubble - Full Documentary

Marquez Comelab | Posted: 1st Aug 2020 | Source: 19th Apr 2018 | Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Trading & Investing, Technology

Full Interview: Edward Snowden On Trump, Privacy, And Threats To Democracy

The 11th Hour | MSNBC | Posted: 31st Jul 2020 | Source: 17th Sep 2019 | Technology, News & Current Affairs, Philosophy, Politics

Edward Snowden discusses how government spying on their citizens affect our freedoms of speech and freedom of thought. 

Highlight is after 45:28 

  • We are focussing on regulating on the use of citizen's data, which implies  We should also be discussing the Governments justify spying on their citizens by saying it helps prevent terrorism attacks but at least two independent commissions set up to find out if this is true, reveal that all this spying, this invasion of an entire nation's privacy, has not resulted or led to a concrete difference to stopping a specific terrorist attack, even after more than ten years of collecting people's data. "Mass surveillance is not about public safety. It is not about terrorism. It is about power. It is about economic espionage, diplomatic manipulation and social influence." 
  • Half of the 10 Ammendements in the American constitution intentionally makes life harder for governments and law-enforcement. The Founding Fathers of America recognised that: "The more efficient a government is, the more dangerous it is. We want the government to be too efficient, just efficient enough, because governments hold extraordinary power in our lives. We want governments to be using powers that is necessary and proportionate to whatever or whoever they are investigating. When the government is getting by the skin of their teeth, the people are free. The government should be afraid of the people. People should not be afraid of the government."
  • "What is legal is not always moral."
  • "Facts are more important than our emotions". "Facts have to matter more than feelings". (In the context of making decisions that affect millions of people). 

How is Money Created? – Everything You Need to Know

ColdFusion | Posted: 1st Jul 2020 | Source: 8th Jun 2020 | Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Trading & Investing, Economics

"With trillions of dollars being printed around the world, it's time we take a look into how money is created."

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