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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

With Bitcoin, generally accepted terms trump economic science

With Bitcoin, generally accepted terms trump economic science

An American federal judge stated that bitcoin is a unit of account, meaning monetary unit of measure. Bitcoin is a very unstable variable real value non-monetary item, not a monetary unit of measure. Bitcoin can never be a monetary unit of measure because it is not a monetary item. All monetary units of measure are assumed to be perfectly stable in real value for accounting purposes during low and high inflation and deflation. Bitcoins are not perfectly stable in real value and will never be assumed to be perfectly stable in real value because a bitcoin is a variable real value non-monetary item. Monetary unit of measure only refers to a fiat currency unit of measure. 

Bitcoin is universally referred to as a currency. It can never be a currency. It is not a monetary item. It is a variable real value non-monetary item similar to rare digital stamps. All fiat currencies are assumed to be perfectly stable in real value during low and high inflation and deflation for accounting purposes. Bitcoin will never be assumed to be perfectly stable in real value. 

Everyone is 100% sure that bitcoin is a decentralized payment platform. In fact, all bitcoins only exist in the single, centralized Bitcoin Public Ledger or single bitcoin repository. All bitcoins are deposited in this single repository. However, everyone is 100% sure it is a decentralized system. 

Mining, the creation of bitcoins, is assumed or supposed to be decentralized, but all bitcoins are then deposited in the single central repository called the Bitcoin Public Ledger where they stay centralized in one place forever. Currently the company GHash controls 51% of mining which is a very dangerous situation for the Bitcoin system. 

Public opinion and public practice will always override science in matters like these. 

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