These 7 Crypto Red Flags Are Really Red Herrings

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Pardon Our Dust

We interrupt this regular programming to bring you this rant:

Before you read my response, check out 7 red flags of cryptocurrencies.

I wouldn’t expect anything less from The Hill, the conservative right’s online rag. Almost all of these so-called red flags is a strength. For instance, argument #1 is that bitcoin has no “intrinsic value” because it isn’t backed by a government or central bank. Folks, if your fiat currency’s value is derived from the strength of a government or central bank, then it doesn’t have any intrinsic value. Quit arguing from the position of absence.

I’m not sure what the point of “Red flag #2 is, but thanks for the history lesson.

“Red flag #3” is such a dunce move that I can’t even believe someone had the courage to write it. The first sentence reads “The government earns a profit from seigniorage when it mints money.” True. The government profits from printing money. By extension, the wealthy elite (i.e. financial institutions and their owners) who rely on the seigniorage system also make money. Two sentences later: “The cost to consumers is zero.” False! The cost to consumers is the devaluation of the money in their pockets. If someone profits from an activity, someone else is paying the cost for that activity. This is classic economics. In the case of fiat currency, the government makes money but you pay the cost for printing it through its devaluation. Then the author goes on to compare the cost of mining bitcoin, adding “Someone has to pick up that cost somewhere in the chain of ownership.” Yeah, the miner! In the case of bitcoin, the cost of production is paid for by the person who profits from its minting. That’s not a downside; it’s a benefit. I’m astounded at the utter confusion of the people who go out of their way to prop up the status quo.

In “Red flag #4, the author takes aim at mathematics, concluding “Wouldn’t it be logical to carefully consider the implications of a business that relies on penetrating the kinds of mathematical puzzles that also protect our data?” What would be logical is to actually try to understand what you’re writing about before you write about it.

“Red flag #5” is about proof-of-work’s energy consumption. Sure, there are valid concerns about energy consumption, but in the minds of certain people who drive cars, bitcoin is destroying the planet all by its lonesome. (Pardon the hyperbole representing the truth it depicts.)

Oh, here’s a good one. “Red flag #6” is a sense of humor. Because, if you have to laugh about it, it can’t be good. Too bad the author doesn’t explain how accidental success is a red flag.

Finally, in “Red flag #7,” the author makes a decent point, albeit from an impure motive. In his mind, centralization is the key to paradise’s door. He doesn’t mention trust once. Rather, he takes aim at unregulated markets and “people in various locations around the world that are required to pass no litmus test to earn the privilege of safekeeping other peoples’ money,” both of which are red herrings. Here’s the thing: The only person responsible for safekeeping your money is you. Keep your crypto in a wallet that you own and control. Forget about custody, except in rare situations. Even then, trust your crypto to someone you can truly trust (is there anyone?). Regulation may not be a bad thing for the crypto space, but if your problem with crypto is that it is unregulated, then you must also have a problem with the free speech you’re exercising.

Nowhere in his polemic does the author of this piece mention scams, thievery, pump and dumps, or the myriad of real problems that exist in the crypto space. For him, the “red flags” are all the benefits of crypto. Hmmmmph!

Let’s title this little screed, Give Me a Damn Break!

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As usual, snark and commentary are italics. See a lot of italics? That’s not an accident.

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