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BEN WEHRMAN

*As always, this post is purely my own opinion — not financial advice*

Hello, friends.

We need to talk about Bitcoin.

Almost exactly 1 year ago, I was posted up in my hostel bed in Auckland, New Zealand, writing my first Bitcoin post on the blog. At that point in time, I was fresh off of my “trading phase” (AKA getting lucky on a ballsy Bitcoin trade and thinking I was hot shit).

A LOT has changed since then.

Here’s a summary of my latest stance on Bitcoin:

  • I’m buying lots.
  • I’m selling none.
  • Speaking of selling, I may part ways with my left kidney so I can buy more Bitcoin.

~~ Here’s why ~~

OK, there are about 21 million ways I could tackle this one, so today I’m going to focus on just one of the main concepts that I’m fixated on: The case for Bitcoin supplanting gold as the world’s go-to store of value.

What do I mean by this?

First, we need to understand what makes gold valuable, so let’s review a brilliant video by one of the most well-respected gold proponents alive today: Mike Maloney:

 

To review, gold is valuable because it holds the following 6 characteristics:

#1. Exchangeable

You can trade it for valuable things.

#2. Portable

You can carry it around as a bar, a coin, a gold chain, etc.

#3. Durable

It’s incredibly strong.

#4. Divisible

You can split it into different sizes of bars, coins, etc.

#5. Fungible

Two gold bars of the same size hold the same amount of value.

#6. (Most importantly): Store of value

Its rarity makes people want to hold onto it, since there is a finite supply. It can’t be devalued from jacking up the supply (COUGHeverygovernmentcurrencyontheplanetCOUGH).

 

OK, so now we understand why gold has been deeply valued by humans for over 5,000 years…but how does Bitcoin compare?

Let’s pit our two gladiators against each other, using the 6 characteristics from above as our measuring stick:

bitcoin vs gold
photo: ccn.com

GOLD vs. BITCOIN

#1. Exchangeable

Can you name a single retailer you’ve been to in the last year that would accept a bar of gold as payment? I can give you a dozen off the top of my head that will happily exchange their goods or services for Bitcoin, and more are being added every day.

WINNER: BITCOIN

#2. Portable

Who the hell wants to carry a bar of gold around to buy things? And even if they did, which vendors would accept it as payment? (Almost nobody.)

Bitcoin, in comparison, lives on your phone, computer, or other wallet-supporting device.

WINNER: BITCOIN

#3. Durable

Gold is pretty damn durable, but so is Bitcoin. It’s been going strong for 11 years now, and all government attempts to thwart its march have been comically futile.

WINNER: TIE

#4. Divisible

Gold can only be split up into so many tiny flakes, which obviously get very difficult to measure in a reliable way. Bitcoin is digital, and can therefore be infinitely divided with perfect precision.

WINNER: BITCOIN

#5. Fungible

Gold has been debased throughout history by bureaucrats & greedy governments looking to stretch out their power over the financial system. Take ancient Athens for example, who back in 434 BC, simply poured copper (a cheap metal) into their big stirry pot of gold to artificially expand their supply, so they could build a bigger military. (See 5:42 on this video)

 

This issue of two different chunks of gold having different levels of purity creates all kinds of problems. Of course, this purity can always be tested in a dispute, but this is an additional hoop to jump through that Bitcoin will never have to worry about. Bitcoin is legitimized by the very blockchain network it operates on, since every transaction in history is recorded for the world to see.

WINNER: BITCOIN

#6. Store of value

Long-term value is guided by supply and demand. Gold‘s supply will increase as mining technology improves on earth, and just wait until interplanetary space travel becomes a thing (asteroids are packed with gold).

Bitcoin on the other hand, has an undisputable hard cap of 21 million coins, and this is set in stone. If you’ve ever taken an economics class, you know that fixed supply + increasing demand = happy investors. 

WINNER: BITCOIN

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And there you have it!

A bang-up crash course on why Bitcoin is primed to step up as the new and improved Gold 2.0, which has been developed from the ground up to integrate seamlessly with a world that’s clearly going digital.

If you’re wondering why I included 2 videos above from Mike Maloney (one of the most well known gold supporters alive today), I’ll give you 2 reasons:

  1. To provide a fair argument for both sides
  2. More importantly, because Mike does a better job than anyone articulating the most important point of all: our current financial system of fiat money-printing is trash, and we need to start having these conversations of alternative assets right. now.

Alright folks, that’s all I’m going to dump on you today!

I strongly encourage you to take some time to isolate your brainpower onto this Gold vs. Bitcoin discussion, and use it as a foundation to tiptoe into the rabbit hole of how Bitcoin is flipping the whole world on its head.

If you’re interested in learning more, I highly recommend you go check out my Publish0x (AKA Medium for crypto) blog post outlining the absolute BEST YouTube videos for Bitcoin beginners.

That should give you enough to chew on for a while!

-Ben

 

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