We have already discussed in Chapter#1 why gold is so precious and why the elites hate Gold Standard so much. I also discussed how gold as ...
We have already discussed in Chapter#1 why gold is so precious and why the elites hate Gold Standard so much. I also discussed how gold as money is far better when it comes to fundamental properties of money when compared to worthless paper currency and Bitcoin. Here we will prove further why a crypto-lollipop can never be a digital gold on technical grounds.
Nick Szabo, the Bitcoin founder, whose pen name is “Nakamoto Satoshi ” shared the Bitgold concept in 2005 on his blog and then implemented his concept into a working protocol in 2008 under the new brand name of “Bitcoin”.
Nick Szabo tried his best to replicate gold digitally and give Bitcoin the features similar to that of gold. But he failed badly. The two fundamental features are:
- Scarcity: A limited supply of only 21 million coins can be minted electronically.
- Deflationary: Bitcoin users believe unlike fiat currencies, bitcoin does not loose its purchasing power and its value would increase over time just like gold.
- Unforgeable: Crypto-users believe that just like gold, Bitcoin is almost impossible to be counterfeited. Really?
The misleading “digital gold” terminology spread like wild fire thanks to strong media marketing and lobbying by bitcoin creators and financers.
Surprisingly today every brainwashed bitcoin user thinks that these worthless computer bits are actually better than gold because this is what they hear day and night from those thousands of influencers (mostly paid by miners and crypto creators) that they follow.
No doubt Bitcoin has a limited supply of 21 million coins but can this artificial scarcity which lacks an element of surprise and desire compare to the natural scarcity of gold?
Confused...? Let me expose this fake digital gold trickery by discussing the crucial difference between gold mining and bitcoin mining.
1. Lets first discuss the bitcoin scarcity feature.
Question: How much gold is left to be mined?
Answer: No buddy knows that! (186,700 tonnes mined so far)
Question: How much bitcoin is left to be mined?
Answer: 4 million left! (Over 17,000,000 coins mined so far)
Question: How much gold is mined every minute?
Answer: No one knows that.
Question: How much Bitcoin is mined every minute?
Answer: 1.25 BTC per minute.
In layman terms, Gold mining is a natural activity that fluctuates relative to the market response. When gold prices increase, miners invest more time and resources to dig harder to find more gold, but when gold prices fall due to increased supply, miners decrease their mining activity or stop mining.
On contrary Bitcoin mining is an unnatural activity that remains absolutely constant to market response, no matter whether BTC prices go up or go down. Irrespective of whether bitcoin miners increase or decrease their computational capacity, bitcoins will keep coming at the rate of 12.5 BTC every 10 minutes or 1.25 BTC/min as of 2017.
Bitcoin is designed such that every 10 minutes a new block is added to the blockchain and the miner is rewarded some bitcoins. The mining reward halves every four years at a fixed rate.
Initially 50 BTC were rewarded per block mined in 2009 but now from 2017 onwards, 12.5 BTC are rewarded for every block mined.
Thus making bitcoin mining an unnatural activity which is by no means similar to gold mining.
Can any sane human now call bitcoin a digital gold?
- provided that there is no element of surprise in the system,
- there exit no natural market forces, prices fluctuate not in response to mining efforts but mere speculation by big players and,
- where almost everything is prescheduled or fixed.
Who does the bitcoin system benefit in the end? Obviously the rich. Let me explain.
When the rate at which bitcoin emerge remains constant and BTC price remains high thanks to speculation than more miners will join in thus leading to ever increasing hash rate and more power-hungry machines being used.
Only those miners will be able to mine more and make profits who can afford expensive ASICs and electricity costs. Due to this greedy hash-race where you have to keep spending more on hardware for the same bitcoin reward, small miners often suffer when their expenses surpass net profit, thus forcing them to either sell off their equipment or quit the network.
Thus the entire bitcoin economy is designed such that it only favors the rich at the end while the ordinary users only act as ants feeding the system.
2. Now lets discuss the so-called deflationary nature of bitcoin.
Bitcoin is already suffering through internal inflation where transaction fees are sky rocketing and transaction time is getting slower. Its prices are so deeply dependent on speculation and “greater fool theory” (titled by Bill Gates) , that can loose 50% of its value within a month ($20k in Dec 2017 while 10K in Jan 2018), in other words a 50% inflation just within 30 days!
Billionaire Charlie Munger, (VC of Berkshire Hathaway and partner of Warren Buffet) in an interview to CNBC in May 7, 2018, went really hard on Bitcoin by calling it a worthless artificial gold and comparing it to trading turds:
“Bitcoin is worthless, artificial gold," Charlie Mungar said.
“That is not something I think the world needs. The fact that it’s clever computer science does not mean it should be widely used, and that respectable people should encourage other people to speculate on it. Bitcoin reminds me of Oscar Wilde’s definition of fox hunting:'The pursuit of the uneatable by the unspeakable.'”
“I like cryptocurrency even less than Warren does ... to me it's just dementia.” And a bitcoin trading desk is “like somebody else is trading turds and you're being left out.”
— Charlie Mungar
3. Now lets discuss the so-called unforgeable nature of bitcoin.
Question: Can you make 100% exact replicas of gold with same density, color and properties?
Answer: That is impossible to do achieve even using the best of 21st century science and technology.
Question: Can you replicate Bitcoin? Can you counterfeit Bitcoin protocol features, attributes, blockchain and design?
Answer: Of course you can! Even a 13 year old kid can do that with a click of a button!
As we already discussed in the Bitcoin hard forking (civil war), just within a year or two, Bitcoin Core (BTC) (the original bitcoin) has been split into four replicas known as:
- Bitcoin Cash (BCH), (Replica)
- Bitcoin Gold (BTG), (Replica)
- Super Bitcoin (SBTC), (Replica)
- Bitcoin Private (BTCP), (Replica) and
- Bitcoin Prime is expected within few weeks. (Replica)
The first popular hard fork that split bitcoin happened on 1st August 2017, resulting in the creation of Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Every forked bitcoin cryptocurrency claims to be the better bitcoin with far better features and security and everyone of them claim to be a digital gold.
In other words, bitcoin hard forking is creation of a new worthless artificial gold, casted out of thin air. But the answer to the big question that not even a bitcoin user knows is: Which one is the original digital gold then...?
The new cryptocurrency that emerge as a hard fork of bitcoin, is technically the same Bitcoin with almost the same design, concept and mining algorithms except for few changes to the network rules (protocol).
If you feel like I am kidding, please read it for yourself to find out how funny it gets when crypto-elite fool non-techy users by introducing new replicas of their artificial gold.
Today there are over 18,000 non popular forks of the original bitcoin code at github repository. It roughly takes less than 2 hours to create a new altcoin under your branded name. You can setup a fancy website, write a whitepaper and promote your ICO all within a month by investing less than $10,000.
For reasons above, comparing bitcoin mining to gold mining is thus pure ignorance and the same trickery used by the elite to fool the layman.