The Flaws of NFTs and Crypto Wealth Structures

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TLDR Cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and the crypto-driven future of the internet are flawed concepts that perpetuate existing wealth structures, benefit only a select few, and pose significant risks to investors and society as a whole.

Criticisms of Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin

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    Cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin, was initially designed to revolutionize finance and provide an alternative to traditional banking, but it has largely become a speculative financial vehicle and a playground for financial criminals and old money finance assholes.
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    The arms race for bigger processing rigs in Bitcoin mining has led to escalating demands for support systems, power, and resources, further contributing to the concentration of wealth and power in the industry.
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    Estimates suggest that the power consumption of Bitcoin processing is on par with that of a small industrialized nation, highlighting the environmental concerns associated with cryptocurrencies.
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    The book "The Infinite Machine" fails to critically examine the validity and rationality of claims made by the crypto industry, highlighting the lack of scrutiny in the space.
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    Cryptocurrency has made common types of fraud absurdly easy, as most fraud comes from people who technically have permission to be doing what they're doing, rather than from altering information as it passes between parties.
  • ๐Ÿค”
    The existence of stablecoins like Tether raises concerns about their backing, as evidence suggests that the same pool of money is being shared between Tether and Bitfinex, potentially leaving either service backed by zero dollars.

Issues and Concerns with NFTs

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    The NFT market is filled with fraud and deception, with projects making big promises but then taking the money and running.
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    The NFT market is filled with scams and fraudulent activities, ranging from Ponzi schemes to phishing and fake links, making it a risky and unregulated space.
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    The future version of the web built on cryptocurrency and financialized tokens is a dystopia that turns everything into money and treats every aspect of our social existence as a marketplace.
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    The belief that the world will be fairer if the rules are enshrined in code, enforced by computers, and made extremely difficult to change or circumvent is laughable.
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    The rise of scholarship programs in Axie Infinity highlights the exploitative nature of the game, where players invest their time and effort to earn minimal wages while owners profit from speculation on digital assets.
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    Economic disparity is a driving force behind the NFT movement, as the wealthy and tenuously wealthy seek a space to dominate and invent value through sheer force of will, drawing in those who feel their opportunities shrinking and the future getting smaller.

Financial Crisis and its Impact

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    The collapse of the economy in 2008 was caused by the trading and collection of mortgage-backed securities, which were seen as stable but immensely profitable for banks.
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    The housing market bubble is fueled by speculators buying up supply, creating synthetic demand and inflating prices, while legitimate buyers are lured into mortgages they can't afford.
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    Speculators and inflated prices in the housing market resulted in legitimate buyers being unable to afford homes and locked into paying original terms, leading to defaults on mortgages and the failure of bonds, impacting various sectors of the economy.
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    The financial crisis created fertile ground for both anti-capitalist and hyper-capitalist movements, with one group blaming the system's corrupt incentives and the other advocating for less regulation and more competition.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ
    "Our systems are breaking or broken, straining under neglect and sabotage, and our leaders seem at best complacent, willing to coast out the collapse. We need something better."


  • What are NFTs and how are they significant?

    โ€” NFTs are digital tokens representing ownership of unique items, and they symbolize a larger issue of perpetuating existing wealth structures and benefiting only a select few.

  • What caused the 2008 financial crisis?

    โ€” The crisis was caused by a combination of greed, fraud, and willful blindness, as banks issued bad mortgages, leading to a cascading failure that impacted the entire economy.

  • How does cryptocurrency perpetuate existing wealth structures?

    โ€” Cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin, rewards those with the resources to build bigger rigs, creating an arms race for processing power and perpetuating existing wealth structures.

  • What are the risks of investing in NFTs and cryptocurrency?

    โ€” Investing in NFTs and digital assets may seem like a way to stick it to Wall Street, but it ultimately perpetuates a system of transactional exploitation and does not offer a true solution to our broken economic systems.

  • What is the impact of blockchain on the internet's future?

    โ€” The proposed web3, crypto-driven future of the internet is a privacy disaster and can lead to cultural destruction and a worse version of the current system.

Timestamped Summary

  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ
    The speaker draws parallels between NFTs and the 2008 financial crisis caused by mortgage-backed securities, highlighting the role of greed and fraud in both.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ
    Bitcoin and cryptocurrency fail to address banking industry problems, perpetuate existing wealth structures, and have become a playground for financial criminals and old money finance assholes.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ
    Cryptocurrencies and blockchain systems have major flaws, including slow transaction times, high fees, and a lack of tangible use cases, while NFTs impose physical scarcity onto digital objects and are a flawed concept.
  • ๐Ÿ’ธ
    The NFT market is a speculative casino where the value of digital assets is decoupled from their actual worth, benefiting only the crypto grifters and leaving artists in the lurch.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ
    Cryptocurrency and NFTs are often fraudulent and lack originality, with a toxic community that dismisses criticism and fosters a high-control group mentality.
  • ๐Ÿšจ
    The cryptocurrency market is rife with scams and vulnerabilities, making it an unregulated and risky space for investors.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ
    Web3 and crypto-driven future of the internet may lead to a worse version of the current system with cultural destruction, broken economies, and unjust systems.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ
    DAOs are limited to code-appropriate tasks and are not a revolutionary new way to organize people, but rather a productivity tool built onto the side of cryptocurrency with the main advantage being interacting with cryptocurrency as a tool for speculative trading and managing financial instruments.
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