“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. . . . The process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for committing thought-crime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that. . . . Has it ever occurred to you that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?”
-George Orwell, 1984
Newspeak was the fictitious language of the world of 1984. It was part of the process of using propaganda to mold and manipulated thoughts and dialog of the masses. It is through the corruption, contortion, and disembowelment of words from their meanings that language itself becomes a weapon of the oppressors. They seek to create a world in which we cannot explain things as they are–they create a world in which there simply are no longer the words to do so.
It may seem like an insignificant point at first glance, but this is the exact nature of the use of the word ‘blockchain’ to replace bitcoin. Through the repeated ‘blockchain good, bitcoin bad’ rhetoric there is a slow manipulation of the facts as they truly are. They are to make bitcoin little more than a financiers plaything, not a revolutionary tool for the masses. By divorcing the blockchain from bitcoin; bankers, financiers, and capitalist scum of all kinds are trying their damnedest to make bitcoin into a kind of technological revolution that has nothing to do with bitcoin! This is the same process that every form of personalized power has gone through at every stage of their advancement–a manipulation of the facts as they stand in order to disempower those who it would benefit from it.
Divorcing Value From Money
Money plays the greatest role in the formation of history, and it was not too long ago that most people would laugh and scoff at the idea of using paper money that was backed by nothing. Furthermore, they would think it is insane that you could not use gold or silver for a transaction–a money that has proven its worth over millennia, and has value imbued within it. Today the trillions of dollars that are circulating around the global economy are backed by nothing more than the violence of whatever state controls that money–there is no value whatsoever behind their worth paper; just the threat of their violence.
Bitcoin can be compromised in the same fashion that money itself was more than a century ago. Governments and bankers will try to take it over and tell us that it is for our own good. They will try to make the blockchain a settlement layer for themselves, while criminalizing the use and acceptance of bitcoin. This process is already underway with media conversation about bitcoin being the money criminals, hackers, pedophiles, and terrorists, while the blockchain is the ‘revolution’ that can change banking for the better.
As this conversation continues, everything will be done to attempt to delegitimatize bitcoin and drive a wedge between it and the blockchain. History will show us that people are more likely to believe that which they are told, then to go and discover for themselves what the true nature of things are. It is through this very path that everything will be done to stop bitcoin from becoming the sovereign economic power that it is destined to become, while making the blockchain into a powerful tool for only the economic elite.