Bitcoin will not be stopped
"The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks." - Satoshi Nakamoto
The financial crisis
In 2008, the world went through the worst global economic crisis the world has ever seen.
Governments around the world had "no choice" but to bail out the greedy, failing, global financial institutions, only
pushing the problem further down the road.
With the help of the United States Federal Reserve and other world banks, a controversial program called Quantitative
Easing created trillions of dollars out of thin air ($4 trillion in the US alone). Free money is not free. This money
comes at the expense of the average person who pays for this in rising prices.
Hence, your dollars have lost 85% of their value since 1970. And an ounce of gold has appreciated by 4,470% in relation to dollars.
Additionally, the entire global economy is built on the back of the US Treasury Bond. The interest on these bonds are often referred
to as the "risk free rate". Meaning, the United States will always pay you back.
These bonds are held by people, organizations, and governments all over the world. This debt has reached a total of 20 trillion dollars.
There are not that many dollars in physical existence. The annual interest on this debt is almost 300 billion dollars.
Fortunately, the US can never default on its debt. It's a law. But if you don't have the money to pay it back what do you do?
Print more money.
Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of you, me, and anyone holding US Treasury Bonds (devaluing our money). And since the entire world economy and most world currencies are
backed by the US Dollar, this will happen world-wide as soon as the number of US Treasury buyers begin to dwindle down.
Bitcoin, a digital gold
This global financial disaster has already begun, as rumors have been spreading that China may begin halting
US Treasury Bond Purchases. Sooner than later more and more countries, organizations, and us citizens will learn that the US has
no possible way to pay off 20 trillion dollars of debt. But before now, there was no other option for a global reserve currency. This leads to Bitcoin.
Bitcoin is digital gold. And gold is almost "sound money". Meaning it is scarce, and limited in supply. The problem is that gold doesn't move/divide well.
Try paying someone in China for a shipment of goods in gold (too much time and too expensive/risky to ship). Just a century ago, and thousands of years before that,
gold had a track record of being true money. In fact, the dollar was backed by gold until 1970. The dollar moves much better than gold, but it is not sound money because it is
not limited in supply (hence the government abusing this property and racking up 20 trillion in debt).
Bitcoin is the perfect sound money. It has a perfectly limited supply, and it is much easier to move than dollars. In addition to the fact that bitcoin is
a much better store of value (sound money) than gold or US dollars, it's value is growing exponentially due to Metcalfe's Law (Network Effect that states that the value of
the network is proportional to the square of the number of users. Meaning as more people use bitcoin, the more it grows in value.
A Decentralized Cryptocurrency Can't Possibly Fail
As more and more people continue to adopt bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, their value will continue to outperform both gold and the US dollar (as it has already done so since 2009).
That's not to say that Bitcoin won't have ups and downs. With a new asset class like Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, it's almost impossible for it to experience rapid 5,000% gains without avoiding the 30% - 90% demoralizing pull backs.
Bitcoin is not a get rich quick scheme. It's not easy to watch a $10,000 investment drop to $1,000, or a $10,000,000 dollar investment drop to $1,000,000, but the people that
hodl in those dark downfalls are the people that give Bitcoin its value. Those are the investors/believers that reverse the deadly
downward trend and cause an ultimate much higher high. It's the beautiful repetitive process of boom and bust cycles that give Bitcoin is self fulfilling growth.
It's not a matter of if Bitcoin or another crypto currency will succeed, it's a matter of when.
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