This comment was posted by a Swede on the trading site I subscribe to.
His final sentence introduced a point I hadn't considered before, but feel is worth questioning. Is bitcoin conditioning us to accept a cashless society?
"I'm very suspicious of how bitcoin is being portrayed as a liberating currency alternative. To me, bitcoin has more potential for manipulation than sovereign/MU currencies since there is no paper version. Sure, with paper it can be devalued, but it can't just be deleted from existence.
I feel that bitcoin is being positioned as this "revolutionary foil" to the crooked sovereign currencies, so people will embrace it as a savior and then ultimately be left with it. So much easier than just telling the populace that 'you will be converted to a cashless society!'"
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