Bitcoin: Wealth Creation Mechanism in the 21st Century | iCE3X
What is a wealth creation mechanism?
There are many views on what constitutes a wealth creation mechanism. Wealth itself can mean many things to many people. Somewhere in North America a billionaire is thinking of how to accrue more financial wealth. In contrast a Bedouin somewhere in North Africa increased his wealth after a profitable camel trade. Ultimately as humans we naturally want to improve our own financial security and well being. These are all simply stages of the value chain, where entities add value in exchange for extracting financial value from the process.
Traditional Wealth Creation Mechanisms
Mines, Oil Fields & diamond fields are all naturally occurring wealth creation mechanisms. (We can describe this as any semi-finite natural resource in its natural state. Semi-finite because we may have an estimate of the resource but, as humans, we do not know everything and consequently are yet to make all the discoveries which are mathematically possible).
Monetary Control and Financial Services
The most recent and familiar “traditional” wealth creation mechanism known to us is the creation of Money in the literal sense of the word. That is right, countries around the world simply create wealth by printing FIAT money. There are two main forms to this.
Governments issue bonds to central banks, who in turn lend the “new” money, to commercial banks. The reason they do this is to inject more capital into economy to stimulate growth.
Banks practice “fractional reserve banking”. This means that they are able to lend more money than they actually have on deposit. This creates a healthy environment for them to “create” money. This is done by lending money to consumers at a higher rate than what is being paid on deposits and only a fraction of the deposits need to be accounted for on balance sheets.
This is short video that explains how a bank creates money
*It is worth noting that there is a similar phenomenon (along the veins of reserve banking / share dilution) in the crypto currency industry. This is when a coin is “forked”, holders of the private keys for Coin A, automatically own an equal amount of coin B, consequently this has happened to Bitcoin many times.
Historically, violence has been the go-to option for almost all Countries, Nations, Tribes and Civilisations. Simply taking by force what belongs to another. Sad but true. One group will simply bring the other into submission and take their wealth. We still see this today, although we have no tolerance for this anymore as a society, some still try. As a result of this, We only destroy wealth as a result of this.
How is Bitcoin a wealth creation mechanism?
Many of us take quite a long time to fully grasp the concept of Bitcoin, hence most of us never really fully understand everything. Consequently there are many doubts. Bitcoin is not a database, it is a distributed ledger. Everyone and anyone can use this set of records.
Value created by the ledger
Only by actively using this ledger can its value be realised. An accounting system. Uncontrollable by any entity. Using it more makes it even more secure. This forms a foundation for 1000’s of layered “services”. A simple example is replacing letters of credit with a simple bitcoin transaction moving value using multisig capabilities native to Bitcoin.
Representing the space in the ledger
It is true that bitcoin does not really exist. Ledger space exists and the space can contain data or not. But the actual value which it represents is not real. This representation is real and it can be trusted which the is key magic ingredient. This “representation” takes the form of Bitcoin Tokens.
The key magic ingredient, is that this representation is real.
Transferring ownership of the space in the ledger
Ownership of the ledger space is “proven” with a private & public key pair. As a result there is a plethora of ways to store or transfer it. This function alone has spawned a whole wallet industry. This is the main advantage of Bitcoin as a currency, it is easily divisible and easily transferable. Anyone can trade bitcoin in South Africa or anywhere in the world, regardless of your physical location.
Main benefits of Bitcoin as a wealth creation mechanism
The first real world decentralised currency is bitcoin. This makes the actual wealth creation process decentralised. Physical limitations and constraints that can be imposed to “crack down” or control this wealth creation mechanism, yet it still remains uncontrollable. No workable solution to control or interfere with it currently exists. On the other hand, the one theoretical threat to the value of a specific transaction is the 51% network attack which we previously wrote about. This is not an economically viable option if the motivation is financial.
Open to everyone
Gold deposits for example, which are restricted to very specific geographic areas, are controlled by governments. This brings about global inequality and can be prohibitive to balanced economic advancement. Furthermore a small group of people usually end up controlling these resources.
Bitcoin is different, but likewise the same requirements apply to everyone. No-one can manipulate the blockchain or force the users to make a decision they do not want to make. There is simply a set of rules which everyone who wishes to participate needs to follow. Mathematics govern these rules and consequently they are open for inspection and verification. In addition the rules can only change if everyone agrees.
As a result, Bitcoin truly is the peoples coin.
No money, no value is created by an ICO.
It is just a redistribution.
Not equity. Disinformation
Value is not reallocated wealth. It is creation
— Dr Craig S Wright (@ProfFaustus) August 7, 2018