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This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Redefinitions of Currency 3: Kim Dotcom's Scary Tweets

Kim Dotcom (aka Kim Schmitz), the Finnish-German-Kiwi Internet pirate, has decided that the USA is going to go the way of Venezuela. Dotcom is piloting a new crypto-powered ecosystem, K.im, and his own branded KimCoin, to reward content creators. This month, the Megaupload and Mega founder, Assange ally, Deep State foe, and founder of the Internet Party has also been writing scary tweets about the future of the US and global economy.

Dotcom has an axe to grind, because his companies' copyright violations led in July 2018 to a New Zealand court ruling that he could face extradition to the United States for racketeering, money laundering, fraud, and criminal copyright charges. While this gives him a motive to trash talk the US, and he is fundraising for a new project to cover his legal bills, Dotcom really believes that America's economy is about to go bust.

He has thought so for awhile. Originally, the hacker was based on the top floor of the five-star Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong. But Dotcom moved to New Zealand because he felt it was the best place to start and raise a family during and after World War III. As he put it:
"You wouldn't want to be stuck in a penthouse at the top of a hotel tower when it's end days. ... That's why I was looking for a place. And I thought that if I had somewhere in the South Island, shielded by mountain ranges on both sides, I would install a really sophisticated solar power plant. I was thinking if I had something like that, you could survive. New Zealand strategically is the safest spot in the world. It has everything that is required to sit it out and start again."
Dotcom is not alone. The very rich are talking about the end of the world and building bunkers in preparation. They see the future just like the backwoods and doomsday cult preppers, except billionaires build nicer bunkers.

Kim told his 739,000+ followers to buy precious metals and cryptocurrencies. You can see them arguing on Twitter about gold, the euro, and Bitcoin.

Dotcom is not the only one uttering these warnings. If you prefer mainstream reports, search for 'crash is coming' and you will see dozens of outlets anticipating an enormous, unparalleled stock market crash. Whether they are right or not, why they are saying this now, and where Dotcom got his statistics are subjects for a future post.

For the moment, consider if Dotcom is correct. It would then be time to learn how and why blockchains are evolving next to the mainstream economic system, and to consider whether the US dollar will be replaced as the world's currency, as Dotcom and others expect, and by what. In late August 2018, according to CoinMarketCap, the top fifteen cryptocurrencies were:
  1. Bitcoin (BTC or XBT)
  2. Ethereum (ETH)
  3. Ripple (XRP)
  4. Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
  5. EOS (EOS)
  6. Stellar (XLM)
  7. Litecoin (LTC)
  8. Tether (USDT)
  9. Cardano (ADA)
  10. Monero (XMR)
  11. IOTA (MIOTA)
  12. TRON (TRX)
  13. Ethereum Classic (ETC)
  14. Dash (DASH)
  15. NEO (NEO)
Another site with information on cryptocurrencies is CoinGecko. Among the top 15, EOS was recently in the headlines because 1 June 2018 marked the end of a year-long Initial Coin Offering, which raised an incredible USD $4 billion. Dogecoin creator Jackson Palmer warned investors against EOS, which he believes has "zero utility."

Investing in these technologies can be time-consuming, addictive, exciting, and risky. Some coins' wallet downloads have viruses, or set off false virus alerts. But there are great profits and potentials to be found here as well.

There are a lot of online courses available, like this one from Ivan on Tech, but up until now, learning about cryptos mainly required that you figure them out yourself. Established educational institutions have only begun to respond. Coinbase recently conducted a study and found that 42 of the world's top 50 universities now offer at least one course on blockchain technology or cryptocurrencies.

Image Source: Coinbase.

Why do we need to learn about cryptocurrencies now? There is more to Dotcom's warnings than meets the eye. This is not 1929. This is not 2008. Dotcom is not talking about a depression, recession, or downturn. He's talking about the transformation of everything, the whole global system. While anti-Americans will applaud, the outcome is completely unpredictable. Millions, perhaps billions, could starve and die before the multi-year process is done.

Currency represents a potential to do things. Every currency carries within it a particular philosophical modality. A dominant currency lets you live in certain ways, but not others. A strong enough currency can shape an age and the end of that currency marks the end of that age, the negation of that way of doing things, the removal of that way as a meaningful option.

A crash of this magnitude will also sweep away the current ruling classes. If this system crashes, it will happen in part because those in positions of wealth and authority have profited while failing at their responsibilities for decades. It will also happen simply because their day is done. The old system, its leaders, its ideas, and its tools are unsuited to present human conditions. Current realities may require that people live, think, and feel in different ways than they do as defined by the US dollar. And if the US dollar will not be the global currency of future technological internationalism, what will replace it?

The answer lies less in obvious candidates, and more in recognizing the currency which enables us to live in new ways. The material world is superficial, cold, and mechanistic. 'Time is money' turns us into robots. The amount of debt is equivalent to the combined size of holes in our hearts and souls.

It's not that any alternative will provide the perfect solution, but whatever emerges on the other side of collapse and war will offer ways to live differently than we do now.

Thus, if the observers are right, this is not just another predicted downturn. It's not just about moving your money or property to safeguard your wealth, assuming you have wealth to safeguard. It's about redefining what wealth is, and how you relate to that redefined entity. As if understanding this intuitively, Dotcom became philosophical on Twitter this month.

See all my posts on the Redefinition of Currency.

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