Why Bitcoin Is Not Like Anything You’ve Ever Seen Before

Bitcoin is Not Like Any Organization that Anyone has Ever Encountered Before.

Bitcoin is missing a lot of features we see in just about every organization. Bitcoin has no leader, no employees, no headquarters, no center of operations, no government, no rulers of any type, no elections, no location, no physical or intellectual property, no assets and no money. It is not even incorporated or legally constituted in any manner anywhere on Earth.

Bitcoin’s Design Rejects All These Common Features of Organizations

Bitcoin sees these features not only as unnecessary, but as undesirable. This is because it recognizes that each is a vulnerability. Bitcoin deals with such vulnerabilities by not having them in the first place. If any of these features were in Bitcoin it could lead to Bitcoin halting, being taken over, becoming corrupted or being destroyed. By removing them Bitcoin becomes unstoppable, uncontrollable, incorruptible and indestructible. By eliminating all vulnerabilities, Bitcoin becomes invulnerable.

What Then is Bitcoin?

If Bitcoin isn’t any of these things, what then is it? Bitcoin is a mechanism organizing people and computers to make one un-eraseable, digital document. (Un-erasable is also known by the fancier terms immalleable or immutable). That document is a record of its own history. It can only be added to over time, not edited nor erased. This record’s past is preserved beneath layer upon layer of proof of the energy used in creating it. Erasing any recent records requires so much energy as to be impractical and erasing older ones is effectively impossible.

There’s Even More That Bitcoin Doesn’t Do

Bitcoin doesn’t keep track of the identities of the people (or machines) that use it — making it permission-less. It doesn’t increase the supply of bitcoins to meet demand — making it deflationary and inviolate . It doesn’t force itself on anyone — making it consensual. It doesn’t exclude anyone from using it — making it inclusive.

Want more? This entire series (plus a 26th bonus article) is available as a pdf or kindle ebook at https://swanbitcoin.com/whybitcoin.

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Tomer Strolight

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