Bitcoin… Money Nirvana?
If you’re not sure the meaning of Bitcoin is, conduct some digging online, and you’ll discover lots of information… however, the short version can be summarized as follows: Bitcoin was developed to be a means of exchange, with no central institution or bank of issue. Additionally, Bitcoin transactions are supposed to be secure, which is why it is anonymous. Perhaps most importantly, Bitcoins are not real in existence. They are only within computer software, which is they are a form digital reality.
The basic idea of Bitcoins is mined ‘… intriguing phrase in this case… through the use of an increasingly complicated mathematical equation that becomes more difficult as more Bitcoins are mined into existence fascinating – using the computer. After being created, the new Bitcoin is then put into an electronic “wallet”. Then, it is feasible to trade real items or Fiat currency in exchange for Bitcoins… or reverse. Additionally, since the Bitcoins do not have a single issuer for Bitcoins the Bitcoins are extremely distributed and therefore in opposition to being controlled by a central authority Bitcoin.
Naturally, the advocates of Bitcoin and those who profit from the rapid growth of Bitcoin are loudly claiming that “for sure” Bitcoin is money’ ‘… and not just that, but also ‘it’s the most secure money in history it is that of the future’ and so on… However the advocates of Fiat proclaim the same thing, claiming the fact that fiat currency can be described as a form of money… but we all know Fiat paper isn’t really anything like money because it does not possess the essential characteristics of actual money. So, the question is whether Bitcoin actually qualify as a form of money… or is it even worth that it is the currency of the future or perhaps the greatest money ever.
For more information, we’ll take a look at the traits that define money and then see whether Bitcoin is eligible to be considered. The three primary characteristics of money are:
1.) money is a reliable store of value. This is one of the most crucial aspects since without stability in value, the role of the numeraire, also known as a unit of measurement of value, is not fulfilled.
2.) The money represents the numeraire. It is the account’s unit.
3.) Money is a means for trade… However, other things also perform this purpose, namely directly bartering, or the netting out’ of the exchanged goods. Also , trade goods (chits) which hold value for a short period of time; and then finally exchanging mutual credit by netting any promises made through the exchange of bills or IOU’s.
Comparatively against Fiat, Bitcoin does not fare too well in terms of exchange. Fiat will only work within the geographical area of the issuer. It is not a good idea to use dollars in Europe and so on. Bitcoin is widely accepted. However there are a few stores that currently accept payments in Bitcoin. If the acceptance does not increase exponentially, Fiat wins… however at the cost of exchange rates between nations.
The first one is more challenging and requires an investment that has a steady value… Now Bitcoins have gone from having a value of $3.00 to about $1,000 within a matter of a few years. This is as far from an ‘unchangeable asset’ as possible! Indeed, these gains are an excellent example of a speculation-driven market… as are Dutch bulbs for tulips, junior mining companies or Nortel stocks.
Naturally, Fiat is also ineffective here. For instance for instance, the US Dollar, the ‘main’ Fiat, has lost nearly 90 percent of its value within only a few years… Fiat nor Bitcoin are able to meet the most fundamental measure of money: the ability to hold value and keep value over time. The real money, which is Gold has demonstrated the capacity to store value, not only over centuries, but long periods of time. Both Fiat or Bitcoin is able to hold this vital capability… Both will fail as currencies.
Then, we get to the second characteristic; that of being a numeraire. This is an interesting aspect and it is possible to understand the reasons why both Bitcoin as well as Fiat do not work as money by examining the issue of the “numeraire’. Numeraire is the usage of money not just to store value, but also as a matter of fact measure or even compare value. It is believed that in Austrian economics, it’s believed that it is impossible to measure value. After all, value is only a part of the human mind… And what is it that can actually be assessed? But, by the concept of Mengerian market action, which is an interaction between bids and offers, prices for market transactions can be determined… however only briefly… as the market price is calculated as a numeraire, the best-selling item, which is money.
So , how do we establish the worth that is Fiat… ? By using the notion of ‘purchasing’ power’ ‘… which means that its value Fiat will be determined by the value it is able to be traded to… it is a known as a ‘basket of goods’. This clearly indicates that Fiat is not worth anything on its own. Instead, value comes from the worth of the services and goods it can be traded for. The causality is derived from the items purchased and that Fiat number. In the end, what difference does it make between a one-dollar bill and a hundred dollar bill, besides the number that is printed upon the bill… in addition to the power to purchase that number?
Gold is, however isn’t measured by what it is traded for, more importantly it is measured using another standard of measurement; its weight or mass. A gram of gold is a gram and an ounce of Gold is a pound of gold… regardless of the type of number that is written onto its surfaces, the ‘face value’ or not. Causality is a different concept to Fiat Gold. It is measured in weight and intrinsic value… and not through purchasing power. Have you got ever thought of the worth of one dollar? There is no such thing. Fiat is measured by an ephemeral number… it’s the number that is printed on it face value, also known as the ‘face value’.
Bitcoin is a long way from being a numeraire. not only is it a number, just like Fiat… however, it’s value can be measured using Fiat! Even even if Bitcoin is accepted by the international community as a means of exchange and even is able to replace the Dollar as a numeraire, it will not have an inherent measurement like Gold does. Gold is unique because it is defined by a genuine permanent physical measurement. Gold is the only metal that has been able to store value for many thousands of years. There is nothing else that mankind can boast this kind of combination of properties.
In the end, although Bitcoin offers some advantages over Fiat such as privacy and decentralization is not able to stand in its claims to be money. The advantages of Bitcoin are not unquestionable The intention of the plan is to restrict mining of Bitcoins to only 26 million units. That is, the mining algorithm gets more and more difficult to resolve, eventually becoming impossible after 26 million Bitcoins have been extracted. However, this announcement could potentially be the final blow to Bitcoin Already, a few central banks have made announcements that Bitcoins could be a “reservable currency.
Wow, that sounds like a significant development in the direction of Bitcoin isn’t it? The ‘big banks’ are acknowledging the real value of Bitcoin and Bitcoin, right? What it means is that banks realize that they can exchange Fiat in exchange for Bitcoins… as well. To actually purchase those 26 million Bitcoins scheduled will cost just 26 billion Fiat Dollars. Twenty-six billion dollars isn’t even a small amount in comparison to Fiat printers. It’s roughly a week’s worth printing done by the US Fed all by itself. After all, when the Bitcoins were bought and were deposited in the Fed’s “wallet ‘… what use can they be used for?
There wouldn’t be Bitcoins that are in circulation. the perfect corner. If there were none of the Bitcoins available How could they possibly be used? Earth do they function to exchange money? What could the owners of Bitcoin be able to do to protect against this fate? Modify the algorithm to boost the 26 million number in… 53 million? to 104 million? Participate in with the Fiat print parade? Then, according to the theory of quantity, Bitcoin would start to decline in value, similar to how Fiat is believed to lose value due to “over-printing” ‘…
This is the most crucial issue: why should we look for a new currency instead of having the most valuable currency, Gold? Be afraid that Gold confiscation? Uncertainty from an intrusive state? Taxation that is brusque? Fiat money legal tender laws? The above questions are all valid. The answer isn’t in a new type that is based on money but rather in an entirely new social system one that’s free of Fiat and without Government surveillance, and without drones or SWAT squads… with no IRS border guards, IRS TSA criminals… the list goes on. A world of freedom, not oppression. After this is done, Gold will resume its essential and ancient role as an honest currency… as well it will not be a minute before.
Rudy J. Fritsch was born in Hungary in 1947. He left Socialist oppression in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. His family was a part of WWII and the resulting Hungarian hyperinflation. As such, his personal experience is of the financial ruin.
In his capacity as an engineer, and entrepreneur He ran a profitable family company in Canada for a long time with a workforce of over 100 employees until the economic crisis caused the collapse in North American manufacturing. The company was forced out He decided to study the field of economics… for the purpose of find the reason for this miserable situation.
Since the mainstream economy “The The Dismal Science” was a mystery for him, he ended to study Austrian economics, which is the only school of economics that is grounded in the actualities that are the result of Human Action. When he came across Prof. Antal Fekete’s work, he came to admire it, and took a vow to help preserve and propagate the work of the professor.