[cryptography] Digital cash in the news...

Nico Williams nico at cryptonector.com
Tue Jun 14 11:44:47 EDT 2011

On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 4:17 AM, James A. Donald <jamesd at echeque.com> wrote:
> On 2011-06-14 2:19 PM, Steven Bellovin wrote:
>> In my opinion, the post you
>> were replying to is worse than impolite; it's racist crap that
>> -- apart from being factually incorrect  -- is utterly irrelevant
>> to anything even vaguely connected to this list.
> The question is, should we rely on cryptographic enforcement transactions,
> in which case bitcoin or something like it is a good idea, or state
> enforcement of transactions, in which case it is a bad idea.

That's the question?  No.  The question is: how can you not be embarrassed?

> The character of the transactions enforced by the state indicates that
> something like bitcoin is a good idea.

Utter nonsense.  Crypto will NOT protect you from the state.

> I am pretty sure that you would find any accurate depiction of those
> transactions racist and offensive.  Indeed, the reason people find it
> strangely difficult to accurately report what happened is because race was
> absolutely central to what happened.  The US government is throwing money at
> voter blocks defined by race, destroying the financial system in the
> process.  In other countries, the government is also using the banks to
> throw money at voter blocks, but for the most part not racially defined
> voter blocks.

You use racial epithets and racist theories based on generalization
from anecdotes, and won't address that when challenged.  How can you
expect to be taken seriously?


More information about the cryptography mailing list