“How do you make millions of people believe in the dollar bill and not in some other kind of currency like the Bitcoin?” - Yuval Noah Harari, 2017
The same way you get millions of people to drive an electric car instead of a gas powered one, you make the electric car the better car. In terms of currency Bitcoin is well on its way of doing just that. So if Bitcoin really is the car to the carriage, the loom to the Luddite, the telephone to the telegraph then my efforts here are entirely superfluous. If what I believe about Bitcoin is true, it will be adopted with or without me.
If you take your own bags to the grocery store, eat vegetarian, or consciously don’t buy stock in Monsanto then hear me out. Ignore the Millenials who lucked into a Bitcoin fortune and now think they are geniuses. Ignore the old angry white men who can’t wait to tell you that jet fuel can’t burn hot enough to melt construction grade steel. This is more important than your good taste.
I recently married a German girl and have had the pleasure of getting to know the culture. Germany and the United States appear have one striking similarity, immigrants are responsible for much of the country's woes.
The Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Jacket) movement in France appears to suffer a similar problem, an inability to pinpoint the source of their ire. The one thing the French have agreed upon is that Macron must resign. And while his resignation would be an affirmation for the ignored, it won’t bring about lasting changes. A minority in the Gilet Jaunes movement proposed a better idea: a run on the banks. While they only achieved superficial success, credit them looking beyond the usual scapegoats.
My art pieces are presented on a series of canvanses representing a blockchain based currency and contrasted with government controlled currencies.
Simulatneously I hope to present the opportunity a neutral global currency affords us in creating a global identity.
It's an urgent issue that would benefit from our agency. "Humankind today faces three common problems that make a mockery of all national borders, and that can only be solved through global cooperation. These are nuclear war, climate change and technological disruption."
Reduce the power of our financial and political institutions?
“I think the internet is going to be one of the major forces for reducing the role of government. The one thing that’s missing, but that will soon be developed, it’s a reliable e-cash. A method where buying on the Internet you can transfer funds from A to B, without A knowing B or B knowing A.” - Milton Friedman, 1999
Join a global financial network and speak as a world citizen?
“And when you think about the internet as a country, as a market, as a nation, it's going to have its own currency. But what's interesting about the internet as a nation it's the whole world. It is the whole world. So the world gets one currency. It gets one thing to communicate in. And that to me is just so freeing and exciting.” - Jack Dorsey, 2019 on Bitcoin
I vote yay.
And while I'm not sure what I can add to this process, I feel its important fro each of us to try in their own way.