Proper way to use cryptocurrency: global transactions that are relatively cheap, fast, and not dependent on approval by central government oversight bodies

Wrong way to use cryptocurrency: any other way, especially as investment assets

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Also note, that unless you're using a certain subset of cryptocurrencies, your transactions are neither untraceable nor anonymous, so you shouldn't expect them to be invisible to taxation or law enforcement authorities.

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@monsieuricon worth noting as well that bitcoin is neither fast nor cheap

@sir in many parts of the world local banking systems are corrupt or unreliable (and frequently both); so in many places using cryptocurrency transactions makes perfect sense.

@monsieuricon those same communities are already marred by rampant ponzi schemes without introducing another one. This idea of cryptocurrencies to lift up the disadvantaged is how tech workers doublethink their way into exploiting the poor

@sir It's only a ponzi scheme when used as long-term assets. If you only hold cryptocurrency for the duration of transaction from one fiat currency to another, then you don't care about any kind of long-term dynamics.

A seasonal worker in Abu-Dhabi who needs to send some funds to their family in Pakistan only cares about the coin's value for a very short period of time.

@sir they only need to care that it's something they can buy in Abu-Dhabi, and that it's something their family can sell in Karachi a few days later.

@monsieuricon I talked to a normie two or three days ago, and she said about BTC:"Yeah, that's you can buy drugs with?"
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