Written by Samurai Robots
Does an angel contemplate my fate?Robbie Williams
German critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote of the above painting as follows:
A Klee painting named Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.
As humans, we cannot see into the future – for all that we study history, we are essentially driving using only the rear-view mirror and it’s a cloudy mirror at that. To make matters worse, there are no brakes. Nor does voting for one side or another seem to change our course. Buffeted by current and counter-current, it is only natural to at times feel helpless as we hurtle into the unknown.
There are many who predict disaster – economic, environmental, demographic, cultural. There is money to be made in prophecies of doom and promises of salvation. Often, we can know with certainty that the doomsayers are liars because their actions are incongruent with their words. For example, you cannot preach about global warming while flying a private jet and encouraging unlimited immigration to first world countries where the “carbon footprint” per citizen is the highest.
Might the vast amounts of money being thrown at “the environment” be creating a vicious cycle in which lobbyists demand ever more money for their schemes? Might the fact that Western governments are only too happy to pay reparations and compensation to non-White ethnic groups over perceived injustices encourage more claims of racism and victimhood? Might it be that paying the Danegeld does not, in fact, get rid of the Dane?
When, or if, you get past the propaganda and lies, the racketeering, the anti-White agenda, and so on, you realise that we DO face disaster and that disaster is the natural state of most of the world.
It struck me that Benjamin’s decidedly gloomy interpretation of the picture – a “single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage” is an almost perfect description of our current monetary system. This storm blowing from paradise is what we call “fiat money printing” and its promised utopia is an illusion, a siren song for the stupid and the greedy.
The F Word
Essentially, fiat money is a fiction enforced by governmental decree and printed at will by central banks. All fiat currencies lose value and collapse eventually. Yes, yours will too. Printing more money to solve the problems created by such printing is akin to treating a drug addiction with more drugs, a “fix”, but not a fix. We are riding a tiger and, at some point, we will be forced to dismount – the Venezuelans, for example, were thrown off and mauled a while ago.
On the flipside, in the UK, we aren’t quite eating our cats yet (outside of some parts of London at least), but there are signs of trouble in paradise. Desperate decisions are made for short-term gain while fundamental problems go unaddressed. Our irresponsible government tells us things are better than ever, but looking around, the piles of wreckage tell a different story. Our national debt is huge, and growing. There is an immense housing bubble, despite a flatlining economy. Some workers are paid not to work while others lose their businesses. The stock market is a casino.
The net effect of all this phony capitalism is that each new generation is poorer than the preceding one. Young people today are born into debt and have little chance to succeed. A nation that abandons its youth and mortgages its future will die – the word mortgage literally means “death pledge”. Mass immigration is required to prop up this house of credit cards. It is a farce, a ponzi, and has led to a divided society, one side fiscally bankrupt and the other morally.
Give all my money to the millionaires
And I don’t give a fuck about youPhat Bollard
Time is money, and vice versa, but our fiat money, controlled by the elites, is quicksand. In past centuries, traders exchanged easily produced glass beads, mostly made in Venice, for slaves in Africa, in what was possibly the worst trade deal ever made. Our current situation is eerily similar – those in control of the money supply can, and do, help themselves to our labour, our time, and our very lives. Those who seek change are fighting blind, on ground controlled by an enemy who can see the future.
At first listen, all of this sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory – “corrupt elites in a plot to debase the currency and enslave humanity!” – yet it is all true, and not even hidden. We are like Klee’s battered angel, helpless and cast into chaos. But what if there was an anchor by which we could escape the oncoming tempest? What if there was a way that we could look into the future?
I don’t practice Santeria, I ain’t got no crystal ball
Well, I had a million dollars but I’d, I’d spend it allSublime
There is arguably nothing more limited and precious than our time. The window for young people, especially women, to start families is a brutally brief portion of the human lifespan. Should our money, which represents our energy and life-force, not be a similarly scarce and valuable commodity? In contrast to fiat, Bitcoin is finite and precious. We do not know how long we will live, but we know how many bitcoins there will ever be – 21 million.
Another Benjamin, Ben Franklin, wrote “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. To be frank, we can now add Bitcoin to that list of certainties (although smart Bitcoiners also know that taxes can be avoided by never selling our BTC). Bitcoin provides assurance for the future, a blockchain of events, piling block after block at our feet. Tick, tock, new block, every ten minutes or so. It allows us to look forward, instead of backward. With such a fulcrum, a man might change the world.
It must be said that banks do not like Bitcoin, whose incorruptible nature threatens their hegemony. The US banking system, backed by its armies and missiles, sends its modern-day reivers in suits across the world to recalcitrant regimes with a simple message: “Nice country… be a shame if someone invaded it…”. So too will the agents of the banks seek to sow fear and doubt among the public, claiming Bitcoin enables money laundering (banks would never do such a thing), or uses too much energy (Bitcoin incentivises renewable energy development).
Such attacks ultimately serve to make Bitcoin stronger. Bitcoin is to banks, what YouTube and streaming apps are to regular TV channels (remember those?). We can do what they do, and do it better. Bitcoin brings an end to the Danegeld extortion, it brings an end to the bankers, and it brings an end to pointless political wars over the petrodollar and the like.
Bitcoin is “fuck you” money, only in this case the target of our ire is the whole warmongering, genocidal, vampiric system that works against us to steal our life-force and enrich evildoers at our expense. Heaven knows, if there was ever a time to tell the cabal of psychotic globalists masquerading as our governments, “fuck you”, that time is now or never. It is my contention that, in political terms, there is nothing more important or pressing than the problems Bitcoin fixes. If we cannot take money out of politics then we can at least take politics out of money.
Even now, twelve years after its creation, most underestimate Bitcoin – Bitcoin is unrepeatable digital scarcity, unstoppable peer-to-peer communication for the digital age. Sometimes you get the sense that Bitcoin is not simply an invention, but a discovery. On a civilisational scale, Bitcoin is digital fire for the modern caveman – the wheel, but in cyberspace. The supporting infrastructure – the roads upon which the wheel will turn as it were – is being built day by day. Lend your bitcoin and earn interest, borrow against it, or simply hodl it and wait. We are limited only by our imagination.
If Bitcoin is time, time is on its side. The disenfranchised youth of the coming decades will have grown up with Bitcoin. There are also very interesting game theory aspects to Bitcoin. In the great game of politics between nation states, there is a very real risk of being left behind for any country that ignores Bitcoin or tries to ban its citizens from using Bitcoin while, on the other hand, the benefits of being a first mover or an early adopter at a national level are orders of magnitude greater than being second, or third.
We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred timesAmy Winehouse
Rumours of Bitcoin’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Bitcoin is revolutionary, simultaneously being time, that is, time-stamped money, and beyond time, that is, eternal principles of mathematics and truth. The Bitcoin rabbit hole – economics, mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, – is impossibly deep and these are not concepts which are intuitively grasped, for all that we have some of the smartest people in the world working in this space to educate us plebs. Were the Bitcoin software to somehow disappear tomorrow, the idea behind it – decentralised money governed by rules, not rulers – and the community would remain.
As humans, we cannot change the past – like Bitcoin, it is immutable – but we can try to make a better future. Neither I nor anyone else can tell people whether or not, or when, to buy Bitcoin. The price is set at the market margins, where leveraged traders and whales battle over moving averages and trendlines, and is therefore extremely volatile. Potential investors should ask themselves some questions: do you understand the difference between price and value? Would you buy more if Bitcoin dropped greatly in price? Can you hold for a full four-year cycle? Approach Bitcoin with caution, do your homework, be patient, and remember that digital fire can both light the way and burn the unwary.