A better currency

Magic internet money

Published October 25, 2019Updated March 10, 2021

Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.

Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Our focus during the last part was on the use of cryptocurrencies as a payment system. But in fact Bitcoin wasn’t invented to be just an improved PayPal—it was made to be something more, with much larger consequences: a completely new form of money.

In this part, we’ll focus on the benefits of using cryptocurrencies as money and compare it to what we use today. We’ll begin by highlighting flaws with the current financial system, flaws that originate from our use of unsound money. It’s a system full of broken incentives that relies on being able to predict the unpredictable and that tries to solve all problems by printing more money, which has various negative side-effects.

Even though privacy is a human right, the digital money we use today is very bad for privacy as all our financial information is tracked, stored and sold to private companies. Privacy is important because it helps you stay who you are and it increases the personal security for yourself and others.

Cryptocurrencies mitigate all these problems, and they’re also truly global, unhampered by borders, disputes and local monetary policy.