It’s about peers versus subjects, is it not?
Are you a P2P or and S2S Person? That’s the gist of it, right?
P2P is what? Peer to peer, right? Person to person.
S2S is what? Subject to subject. Slave to slave, in some countries.
Pause. Think. Slave to slave = S2S?
So much is said in that P2P acronym. So much is lost in S2S. It matters.
If you are P2P, you are probably safe. But you can be safer. You can do one better.
As an S2S believer, you are in trouble. But don’t take my word for it. Ask Mr. History.
When observing the changing cryptocurrency landscape, we note capitulation and appeasement. Those who bring change; and those who want to stick to the old way of doing business. If not the old way, then bending the new way to the will of the old.
But P2P is not new. It has just been adapted to the blockchain.
S2S is the old way.
Why do we own certain cryptocurrencies, but not others? Why is the P2P idea the best thing to have hit cryptocurrency, let alone the human condition, in thousands of years?
But…there is P2P and there is private P2P, correct?
Many of the newest breeds of crypto-entrepreneurs have forgotten the words of Satoshi Nakamoto and have instead, chosen to use the blockchain technology for other reasons. And there is nothing wrong with that, save the lack of vision of such people. The automatic and almost tribal reductionism is inherent in the herd mentality.
In other words, the desire of many to belong to the herd at any cost. Spare no expense, they say. Trade your privacy and your freedom for a false sense of security.
Don’t rock the boat. Don’t go against the flow. You don’t really need or want P2P. You need S2S. We hear this so often.
So, let’s recall those words, just a few of them, purposely embedded within the Bitcoin Blockchain. “Satoshi’s Warning,” I will call it.
These words resonate today, and I submit that they will resound into the future — if we are still here. And these words will be taken more seriously in ten or twenty years, if world economies do finally collapse, and if cryptocurrencies save the day after that foreseen collapse.
‘The Times 3 January 2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks’.
This statement gives one the clear sense that Satoshi had a problem with governments and bank bailouts. He did not agree with the current monetary system in general.
We can speculate about his motives, read his various quotes, but can we agree that he/she/they invented a well-functioning, but not private, peer-to-peer e-cash system? It seems to me that Satoshi, and I have stated this before, provided the outline – the foundation – upon which others could build.
And remember that: P2P. Let that echo over and over until it seems to lose meaning. Until the echo of it comes back after a time and reminds us what it really is. What its value really is.
P2P is that rock in the river, standing against the tide of financial tyranny. If that rock is hardened (privatized), all the better, but bitcoin’s P2P rock sits high in the rapids. It is “exposed” P2P and it is sandstone. Sandstone will not last. Even so, some want to convert bitcoin to S2S, now. They want to blast that sandstone apart.
If “exposed” P2P is the core value of the bitcoin service, how can it be improved? Satoshi warned that this P2P system was only temporary. That it probably would not last. Was he correct?
Satoshi showed the way.
Then Nicolas van Saberhagen came along and privatized the blockchain. It was the next step in the evolution of blockchains. Many other P2P models are “exposed” at some level.
Saberhagen (he/she/they) created CryptoNote and after a rocky start a new crypto pulled away from the pack: Monero (XMR).
Monero has one well known face: fluffypony (Riccardo Spagni). He came forward and I submit, took his freedom in his hands when he did so.
For all the rancor surrounding Monero and all the concerns I still have about its developers remaining behind the curtain of anonymity, I respect Mr. Spagni. And that is the point: trust. Not to mention that Monero was the first successful private crypto on earth. (Okay – that’s an assertion. Prove me wrong.)
There is another crypto that deserves mention here and I have cited it before. Aeon. “Smooth” is the developer of Aeon and works on Monero. Smooth is anonymous. This might be important in the future since Monero is slowly gaining acceptance on an international scale. Aeon would seem to be the logical partner in that effort.
And there are other private crypto’s out there, but I am only mentioning Monero and Aeon in this post as examples. Many of the other privacy based coins do not have the longevity, have changed hands, or have known developers – which is a risk.
There are arguments against the PoW (proof-of-work) based blockchains, such as Monero and Aeon, as well. Even bitcoin uses PoW, but Ethereum is apparently considering a PoS (proof-of-stake) blockchain addition or change-over. PoS is more energy efficient, certainly.
Obviously, these “proofs” will evolve over time, but getting hung-up in the debate may not be the best course of action.
In fact, allowing the salesmen, flush with crypto-cash, financed to the gills with venture capital, to present vivid images of Crypto 3.0, is a trip to S2S.
How so? These salesmen, often experts in the field of blockchain, are not experts in the field of privacy.
The war now is to destroy the very essence of bitcoin and any cryptocurrency attempting to remain private. It is an effort to undermine the best P2P out there. Usually, by means of overregulation and/or making such transactions illegal.
KYC. Know your customer. Papers please, comrade. You might be a communist-terrorist-tax-evading-immigrant. You might be a criminal. Just in case, we need to know you. Who is this we?
On the other hand, you are probably just an innocent citizen–subject wanting to keep as much of your money as possible. And it is your currency, right? No, it is the State’s Currency. “But I have some XMR’s,” you answer, “not State Currency.” All the more reason to know you, comrade.
Privacy? You have no right to that; the herd tells you. What are you trying to hide? Nothing? Prove it. Show us all your currency and let us decide.
Welcome to America, land of the citizen-subjects. Hey, at least we can emigrate – so long as we have paid our taxes first. Even if you hand in your citizenship-subject papers, you must still pay your exit bills, before you may emigrate, right? And they dare call this freedom? (Hey, I’m American, but America is not a place – it was an idea – in the past.)
Is it any better in the UK, Australia, Canada, or Switzerland?
Because of government pressure, the cryptocurrency innovators are beginning to give in. Or maybe they never had the guts in the first place. They are creating what amounts to “S2S” or Subject-to-subject transactions. Weak sister versions of the almost true form. Compromised crypto’s, the lot of them.
But I’m sure they work just fine.
These new S2S innovators are the compromisers. They help support the current fiat monetary systems. The highly centralized, highly controlled, inflation pushing bureaucracies.
I labeled Cardano (ADA) as S2S compromisers. But they are not alone. Ripple (XRP) is S2S compromised as well. Even Ethereum (ETH) advises that they will comply with governmental information requests. I’m certain there are many more S2S compromisers.
Few have the tenacity to protect privacy. Legitimate privacy. Many of the cryptocurrency exchanges bow to the might of “.gov” as well.
These S2S capitulators have good people working for them, however. They have children and dreams and I do not fault them for coloring within the lines. If they are to remain at liberty, to exercise their delimited freedoms, they must bow down. No blame can be placed upon subjects working within their enclosures.
It is odd that a fluffypony will not bow, however. It requires vision and nerve to stand, virtually alone. To back a crypto that will not comply.
The same can be said of Smooth and all the developers of both coins (Monero and Aeon). To believe that the “.govs” of the world have not discovered some of their identities, is foolish. And they know it.
And don’t give me that bull about sacrifice. These men and women working behind the curtain to privatize crypto are not doing so for free. Their trade, their gain, is profit. Their potential loss is their freedom. Is this a sacrifice or a trade? Are they, in a sense…
…mutually pledging to each other, their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor?
Private P2P is a down payment on future value few can imagine. To buy the freedoms of their children. To refuse the current call for S2S, and see what happens.
I hope these private P2P men and women, keep at it.
Here’s the audioblog along the same lines: “The P2P Question.”
If you need to convince yourself that privacy is important, buy this: “For the New Intellectual”
Note: As usual, the above is only an opinion. I welcome any responses. In the meantime, do not base investment decisions upon any of it. Call your banker, broker, insurance salesman and/or financial advisor, if you must.