According to Aristotelian physics, rest is the natural state of bodies. Their motion requires constant force. This thesis was sustained for two thousand years, which is not surprising since this was the general direct experience. A stone that has rolled away stops and chariots are kept moving by the pulling force of horses.
One and a half years ago, Superblog readers were presented with an investment opportunity that is worth 25 times more today in dollar terms. What is ether? What is the source of its value? How is it better and different than bitcoin? How did we get here and what can we expect for the future? These are the questions I am attempting to answer below.
Satoshi Nakamoto published his theoretical white paper explaining the mechanism of the bitcoin in October 2008. Although the paper is only 9 pages long, it describes one of the most significant inventions in recent years, the blockchain technology responsible for the authentic clearing of bitcoin transactions.
The game that has been going on for months now between Greece and the EU (as well as the IMF and the ECB) is often called a game of “chicken”. This is a reference to a car challenge, wherein two drivers drive towards each other on a collision course. The one who swerves first is the chicken, and the opponent wins the game. But is it really a “chicken” situation? Where is it headed? We analysed this below using game theory methodology.
The massive economic policy experiment carried out worldwide with a combination of zero interest and money printing is far more terrifying and dangerous, because it is taking place at a systemic level. On the other hand, I can take at least some comfort in the knowledge that if the experiment were to fail, for example leading to economic chaos and soaring inflation, there is an instrument which provides a safe haven because there is a limited quantity of it available, it can function as scriptural money, and yet no authority can seize it, appropriate it or restrict its use.
European money printing is starting off with purchases of government securities. But does that makes sense? Because new money will be channelled to the rich, who will mostly save it rather than spending it and boosting the economy. Is there not a more intelligent way of monetary easing? I think there is.