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‘Non-political’ Bitcoin is ‘like internet – can’t be put away easily’

The crackdown campaign against the Bitcoin payment system was instigated by banks which see it as an “existential threat” to current financial system “crashing down and squeezing so much human energy out of our planet,” blogger Mike Gogulski told RT.

The US government has never made secret that it is keeping a
close eye on virtual currency Bitcoin, but now it appears that
scrutiny has turned into a crackdown on the decentralized digital
currency.

On Tuesday the US Department of Homeland Security blocked the
ability to process Bitcoin payments through Dwolla, an Iowa-based
startup that allows customers to transfer their dollars into
Bitcoins.

The authorities allege that the company has been operating as an
unlicensed money transmitting business, because Dwolla was not
registered with the Department of Treasury’s network.

The timing of the crackdown is no coincidence. On May 17 in San
Jose, Silicon Valley, California starts ‘Bitcoin 2013: The Future
of Payments’,  summit entirely focused on Bitcoin and its
growing impact on the payments landscape.

The popularity of Bitcoin is skyrocketing, as the use of
electronic currency looks more appealing to investors and customers
worldwide. That threatens the long-held bread that governments and
banks have had on currency regulation and interest rate
manipulation, RT’s Marina Portnaya explains.

To its disappointment, the financial industry finds itself being
removed from the way the Bitcoin business is operating, while some
American small businesses are starting to accept Bitcoins.

The Bitcoin concept first emerged in 2008. The idea was for
users to avoid banks when transferring cash by connecting directly
with each other.

Customers worldwide can spend Bitcoins to buy things without
having to pay the normal, higher fees, so there is little wonder
it’s becoming so popular.

The currency’s value reached a record high in April, and its
subsequent decline is partly being put down to the pressure of red
tape.

The US government has targeted Dwolla exchange company probably
because the banks, which “actually own the US government”
are “running scared,” political activist and blogger Mike
Gogulski told RT. At the time of global crisis the banks believe
Bitcoin is “an existential threat” that could “pull legs
from under them.”

Many believe Bitcoin is either extremely volatile or pure and
simple bubble, but Gogulski believes that trusting a currency is a
matter of faith.

Humans have used many items as money, while sometimes devaluated
banknotes were burnt in ovens to heat homes.

“Bitcoin is a long-term play right now. I see Bitcoin holding
a much brighter future for us where we don’t have the weight of the
banks and financial industry crashing down and squeezing so much
human energy out of our planet,”
Gogulski said.

History is going to prove that there is room for independent
currencies, whether they’re digital or not, he believes.

Bitcoin, just like the internet, is “out there” and
cannot be put away easily, he pointed out.

“An independent non-political currency is going to arise and
supplement, or at least strongly complement the existing national
currencies,”
Gogulski shared.

Bitcoin is a currency with no material value, but that is not a
problem, because “to some extent no currency at all has a
material value,”
he said

“The value of currency arises by means of social consensus.
When we agree that a certain thing, whether it be atoms of gold or
pieces of paper, or numbers in an accounting ledger, or Bitcoins,
has value and we trade in it, and express our faith in it that way
– than it does require value through social exchange,”

political activist explained.

“How does it acquire value? It acquires value by people using
it,”
Gogulski concluded.

This article originally appeared on : RT

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