Bitcoin, Silk Road, and weird stuff going on at City AM
Alright… I have to catch up with a lot of things after a long and very busy weekend…
First thing, I’d like that all of you who mention the Silk Road story as a ‘defeat’ for the classical liberal/libertarian ideals and for the possibility of a laissez-faire monetary system to stop right now. This Silk Road story and illegal trade have nothing to do with free-markets. Nothing. Illegal trade, and crazy people, and murders, and crime, existed before any alternative currency appeared. Liberalism does not advocate some kind of Mad Max anarchism, but voluntary cooperation.
Bitcoin has its faults (and apparently some of them might involve loss of anonymity), and if it does not satisfy the requirements of its users, it will disappear and be replaced by another medium of exchange. People will learn, new media of exchange will perform better. It’s the essence of evolution under free-markets.
Following my last-week’s post, I found it ‘funny’ to find out that the British financial newspaper City AM had two days in row published comments that reminded mine… See here and here. Coincidence?