Friday, May 17, 2019
It's not ideal, but we live in a corporate state that's driven by profit. To hone in on the problem, it's not the corporation that's bad, it's the power we give them as corporate entities. Their only directive is one of profit as stated in the corporate bylaws. The good news is that corporations are very efficient organizations. If you dangle the right candy, they can make change happen over night. I think it's time to start using corporations to our advantage.
I'm working on a proposal that places a retroactive corporate dividend (in the form of cash or corporate coins) on all jobs that have been automated. The automation effectively creates a capital asset that only the company is benefiting from and I'm suggesting we ask for technological reparations.
Mechanics: The dividend goes straight to the worker and the people that live in that community. The dividend is connected to the capital asset (automation technology).
Why would a company do this? The corporation benefits from increased spending on their products and an improved corporate image. The payment is connected with increased productivity and profitability, so the profits are aligned.
Viable corporations need to figure out a way to stay viable and total automation doesn't work unless workers have an income. Corporations can provide that basic universal income.
Posted by Bryant at 5:56 PM
Thursday, May 9, 2019
This is a follow up to the original article: How Much Can You Make on Coinpot in 1 Year?
It’s been almost 18 months since I wrote that article. The goal was to see if bitcoin faucets were a viable way to earn free bitcoin. I, like many others, was skeptical. Free bitcoin? There must be a catch. So I started my little experiment with a skeptical eye. Specifically, I wanted to see how much you could make on Coinpot in 1 year.
With my model I surmised that I could look forward to a minimum of $900. Of course I had no way of knowing that bitcoin would be attacked from every angle in 2018. As a result, the price of bitcoin dropped significantly, but it’s worth noting that it never dropped below the price of an ounce of gold. Gold — the world’s most precious metal.
So, here we are, almost 18 months in and I’m up roughly $700. Did I make the $900 mark? No. But, $700 isn’t bad for what I was told was a “scam bitcoin faucet”. I kept waiting for something to happen to the site throughout the year. I kept waiting for my account to get hacked. I kept waiting for the site to change the rules. It never happened. Everything has been easy. All withdrawals have been made.
Round of applause for those of you holding it down over there at Coinpot.
And, the beautiful thing is that we’re coming out of a market bottom in bitcoin. It is my belief that we are currently on the front end of a bull market. Bitcoin has taken a beating over the past year, but I still think it will be the world’s reserve currency. I still think it could reach $4 million or more in 10 years.
(For more on why I still love Bitcoin read: Why Am I Still In Love With Bitcoin in 2019?)
Okay, so I’m a believer in bitcoin faucets. I especially like the fact that anyone (beginner to advanced) can start making bitcoin with these faucets and there’s no risk because you’re earning bitcoin as opposed to buying it.
Now what? Now, that I know what works and what doesn’t, I’m going to research other bitcoin faucet programs. I’m also going to see if there are other ways to earn bitcoin risk-free.
Posted by Bryant at 7:11 PM
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
There are many reasons to like bitcoin. For a list of the financial reasons, read my article entitled: Bitcoin Valuation: $4 Million - | Seeking Alpha
It was in this article that I first announced my belief that bitcoin's value could easily reach $4 million. First, yes, I still think $4 million is possible. In fact, I think it's more possible than ever, because the banking cartel has thrown everything it can at bitcoin and it's still thriving. We also have applications like Abra that make it possible for bitcoin to become the world's reserve currency (more on the mechanics of that in a later post. Abra discusses it on their website as well).
Moving on to the point of this post, however, is that I love the fact that bitcoin can't be controlled. That lack of controller-ship appeals to me as a way to dis-empower the power structure. I liken it to the pride I'd feel for a son or daughter that became a revolutionary. Indeed, if bitcoin were a person, the power structure would have put him on a modern day cross. Perhaps bitcoin and Assange could share the same cell. I digress. Back to the point...
Bitcoin can't be controlled by banks, government or anyone else. It is a truly decentralized form of exchange that requires the approval of everyone that owns it to be controlled.
This is not a theory. This kind of technology is here. Bitcoin is the embodiment of that technology and it's in its 9th year. It's held up to attack after attack. And, if it could be controlled, they would have figured out a way to do it by now.
Today, Bitcoin stands at well over the price of gold. For all those pessimists, even when bitcoin dropped to its lowest levels over the latest pullback, it never dropped below the price of gold. Gold, the world's most valuable and precious metal.
So, bitcoin's viability has been tested and it has passed every one of their tests. What next?
What's Next: Bankers Civil WarFrom Asia to North America to Europe, quantitative easing and ample reserves are the new black. Which is to say, it's all the rage. Nation states hate inflation, but they love quantitative easing, which is a bit like saying I hate food, but I love to eat. It's schizophrenic. The schizophrenia is brought about by extreme inner conflict between greed and power. Some bankers see quantitative easing and the IOER scheme as the last big grab, others see it as a hedge against an inevitable foe called inflation. I'll cover more on the growing civil war within the banking industry in a later post.
My point is that the Federal Reserve's clear loss of control over the fed funds rate and the plan to make quantitative easing a permanent program have created a surge in bitcoin in recent months. It all started around March 20 -- the day the Fed announced the FOMC decision to keep rates steady. That's also the day the fed funds rate started outpacing the IOER. Some folks didn't like that decision and now we have a civil war within the banking industry.
That's why bitcoin has surged in recent months. It is a condemnation of the lack of control, a condemnation of gross negligence and irresponsibility.
And, every time a nation or group has a disagreement with their government, bitcoin will be there, arms held wide.
Bitcoin gives the world all kinds of reasons to love it.
We now have a viable alternative to reckless economic behavior, a new heavy weight has stepped into the ring to fight for us. Not just for North America, but for every group in the world. Bitcoin is, and is currently in the process of becoming, the world's reserve currency.
With this comes the end to monetary corruption. With this comes a sort of transparency and freedom that this country's forefathers could only dream about.
Bitcoin does not solve all of our problems, but it gives us the ability to be free. What we earn will truly be our own. Bitcoin can't be confiscated, it can't be burned, it can't be deducted from, it can't be turned against us or taken down. It has no language, nationality, color, religion or creed and it has come, like a savior, to save us from ourselves. (Jesus was a revolutionary too)
If you're looking for a place to get started with bitcoin investments, take a look at Abra. Read what they're about and how they differ from the competition. If bitcoin does become the reserve currency of the world, it will be in large part due to the work Abra's doing.
Posted by Bryant at 8:17 AM
Monday, May 6, 2019
In a series called "Outliers", VICE "explores worlds beyond the economic mainstream, meeting people who’ve chosen unusual and sometimes radical relationships to money, commerce and capitalism."
The first episode showcases a cluster of communes. In exchange for a 40 hr work week, workers get everything from health care to food taken care of. They even get a little stipend. This isn't what I think of when I think of a world where labor is valued more than capital, because ultimately, if these people decide not to work a 40 hour week they don't eat. And, as you will see if you watch the video, they are all still partially injected into the system anyway.
What I like about the episode is that it provides an example of a unique economic model without defining it. It puts it into context without judgement, and the role of "definer" is left to the audience. This isn't easy to do, and it's done well.
Bottom-line: Great episode. I also like the idea of a hybrid commune. Ideas like this are what make me proud to be American, but why not keep the mindset, AND play the game. That is, get paid, get capital and let your capital make your income so you can spend your days at the commune?
It IS possible to think like a capitalist without buying into a 'winner take all' belief system. It's one thing to know the rules, it's another to believe those rules are your limit.
I look forward to the reviewing the next episode of Outliers on VICE.
Posted by Bryant at 9:47 AM