When the evil of violent monopolies, called governments, is pointed out, people usually respond with things such as: “but what about human rights?”. As if it wasn’t enough that today even the cat requests its own rights, now a UN report says freedom of expression depends on the use of encryption. How interesting… I bet cryptography and the internet are glad that international law is coming to the rescue. Our dear hash functions must be rejoicing in the news that they won’t be inverted by government decree…
Let’s see. Since when has freedom of expression been an issue in secret communications? It’s an issue in public, open communications. Do people really worry that they cannot “freely” express stuff that is impossible to decipher, or that they can safely say in the privacy of their home? Of course not. This is just a quarrel between politicians and geeks turned politicians that does not concern freedom – let alone rational sense – in the slightest, but the complete opposite.
Why is Bitcoin better off without anonymity? Why is it best to know who the owners of the Bitcoin addresses are and where the money goes?
In this world there are only two ways to get resources: A) by force, or B) by offering something in return. If Bitcoins are a valuable resource, then everyone will know what to adjust to, in terms of this moral dichotomy.
Today, some people – who call themselves “government” – invest time and effort investigating rich people’s accounts and transactions because they want to get their resources via method A. At the same time, another very different group of people are trying to work out how to obtain resources by means of the B method. The first group care about their own anonymity, but not about the anonymity of those whom they rob through taxation or currency devaluation; while the latter group care about their own anonymity, to avoid being robbed, but they don’t care about their rulers’ anonymity.
I remember when I opened my first bank account. I felt a kind of a privilege, just as a child feels when doing “grown-up” things for the first time, mixed with an uncomfortable feeling of mistrust and surrender to a controlled from “above” world. Whilst my civil servant parents were comfortably indebted – which I didn’t know – I was keenly saving what little money I had – I thought it was a lot – every decision concerning it brought huge emotional burden and confusion. A visit to the bank meant blindly signing papers in the same way players’ place bets at a casino. Until very recently, making a internet bank transfer sometimes caused me to compulsively and repeatedly check the numbers until I lost confidence in my own eye sight… Like most people, I was a slave to money and I was destined to be poor – which is independent of the amount of wealth. This is what happens when money mixes with blood.
Those who put forward moral theories that involve the existence of “rights” or other kinds of obligations are easily made to reveal the true source of their abstract fantasies…