I can vividly remember learning about Bitcoin for the first time. It had become just popular enough to reach my bubble of the Internet. Like many others, it was first presented to me with the typical gloom and austere that a plague primed to unleash a hoard of criminal boogeymen across the globe should carry. Also similar to the experience of many others, I felt a “click” with each idea I read, and each dismissive criticism I heard rebutted. This was not a byproduct of the short-life high-noise startup scene that had been running rampant, I thought, this was different.
The government is often touted as an entity that guarantees the freedom of its citizens. But the United States’ incarceration rate continues to soar. Today, the country hosts nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners despite having less than 5% of the world’s population. Meanwhile, privacy has become moot as location tracking and unmarked police vehicles become the norm. The government has done nothing to stop this, often passing laws to further restrict freedom.
Luckily, there are some individuals who took it upon their own shoulders to fight for the rights of free people to do as they please. In the past ten years alone, these three individuals have done more to guarantee your freedom than the entire United States government has done in 50 years.
Though very much a peripheral candidate, Andrew Yang has garnered a great deal of attention of late. He recently qualified for the first presidential debate and is famous for his Universal Basic Income proposal. Though his website hosts an impressive swath of policies, many simply know him as the UBI guy. His concerns about automation in the near future come really close to setting him apart from the pack. But his solution? Absolutely gutting the crypto industry, setting back what the world needs most in an increasingly global society. That’s right: he’s after your Bitcoin.
Every year, I go to my parents’ old alma mater in central West Virginia. Outside McCuskey Hall, there’s a grove of enormous oak trees, casting shade on the grassy field. In the fall it is absolutely picturesque. Every year my dad tells me and my sister the same story. When he was in college in the late 80s, he would climb one of the oaks and string up a hammock in the branches. He spent most of his time in these trees with his friends, chatting and practicing dove-calls. But sometimes, he would haul his ham radio (amateur radio) into the branches and talk to kids across the campus or call my mother in the other dorm hall. All the while, he feared to break a major law by ordering a pizza.
Mason Mohon |@mohonofficial
The Bitcoin naysayers live their life in glee these days, happy that cryptocurrency is finally dead! Well, dead again. Clearly, if something can die multiple times, its death carries far less weight. Cryptocurrency, along with Bitcoin, is in a continuous cycle of death and resurrection. In the short term, this makes it a scary investment. In the long term, though, Bitcoin has a lot of potential and is likely to become a part of the dominant social order. It will do this along with its underlying technology: blockchain.