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The term blockchain has been completely coopted

It means cryptocoins and nothing else to everyone invested in the cryptocoin market. Trying to use that word to mean something broader (despite its historical usage prior to Bitcoin mania) is going to mean any hodlers won't understand the words you are using.

Unregulated distributed consensus cryptocurrencies have found their market - pump and dump schemes and unregulated fractional reserve exchanges. Enabling criminals and money launderers is what allowed this new money to get off the ground, but exchange manipulation is what is driving the market right now with so many sheep wanting to get in.

Until bitcoin exchanges are regulated like actual banks and exchanges with controls on how they create money and protect assets, they will continue to be dominated by market manipulation. Pump and dump, market manipulation and trading using customer-entrusted assets is financially lucrative - that is why those things had to be outlawed in the regular financial services sector. It is just fraud - the market is mostly air with the real value being the exchange fees and silent swapping of incoming real dollars from customer accounts to exchange owner accounts in exchange for tokens.

Imagine if your bank could take your deposits and play with them in a bull market. Would they do it if they could get away with it? Imagine if you owned the NYSE and could engage in wash trading, front running, faked orders, and were simultaneously also the brokerage with no audits of how you held customer assets. What would such a business do? Leave all that easy profit alone? Or risk their customer assets and manipulate their own exchanges to generate fees, siphon actual money away from customer accounts, and profit from the mania until withdrawals exceed deposits and it is time to declare bankruptcy, burn the books and relocate to a country without extradition to the US.

(In response to this post by RML Hoos)

Posted: 01/12/2018 at 10:15AM


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