17 Apr '13, 2am

The Bitcoin Money Myth

Many economists and financial commentators believe that in the unregulated market of the internet economy, new forms of money can be created that bypass central-bank and government supervision. The latest development is the emergence of a new electronic means of exchange, Bitcoin (BTC). Bitcoin was launched on January 3 2009 by its inventor, a programmer called Satoshi Nakamote. The basic idea behind Bitcoin is to create, by means of a mathematical algorithm, a digital good that is scarce and fungible. Nakamote devised a software system that enabled people to obtain bitcoins as a reward for solving complex mathematical puzzles. The resulting coins are then used for online trading. Nakamote also arranged that the number of bitcoins can never exceed 21 million. Some experts maintain that Bitcoin will displace the existent fiat money and will usher in a new era of free bankin...

Full article: http://mises.org/daily/6411/The-Bitcoin-Money-Myth

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