Why Everything That Should Hurt Bitcoin Only Makes It Stronger

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Original post by: Tomer Strolight

Bitcoin loves being attacked. Bitcoin especially likes it when something tries to kill it. And it’s also very fond of people trying to ban it or trying to replace it with something “better”. When it comes to attacks on Bitcoin, the question isn’t “what’s going to kill Bitcoin?”; it’s “what’s going to make Bitcoin bigger, stronger, better, and more valuable?”.

Bitcoin Thrives When Attacked.

Bitcoin was born with many capabilities that protect it against the kinds of attacks that would instantly damage or destroy any person, company or country. (Yes, Bitcoin could survive a nuclear attack). Bitcoin can also develop new defences that it previously lacked. It can add or learn new capabilities because it is software and it strongly incentivizes people who own bitcoins to create and install these defences.

Bitcoin is the Greatest Gladiator the World Has Seen.

All of Bitcoin’s battles take place out in the open. Each time Bitcoin successfully fends off a new attack in the real world, the whole world gets to see that Bitcoin is invulnerable to yet one more thing. As a result, observers can all see that Bitcoin has proven itself to be stronger than was believed. Some of these witnesses then begin to use Bitcoin, or to use it more than they had previously. This makes Bitcoin more valuable. When Bitcoin becomes more valuable, that usually attracts new attackers, allowing this glorious process to begin anew.

Even when it comes to the very people who are attacking Bitcoin, or those cheering them on, Bitcoin does not prevent them from using it when the attack is over; nor even during the attack for that matter. Bitcoin welcomes all its enemies as equally as it does its allies. Bitcoin is always ready to make peace with everyone, even with those who fought against it. Bitcoin holds no grudges against anyone and will treat its enemies exactly as it treats everyone else.

Bitcoin Grows From Being Attacked

One of the most significant ways Bitcoin grows is by proving itself capable of adapting to and surviving attacks.

Many corporations and institutions are beginning to store their wealth in Bitcoin precisely for this reason. They once expected Bitcoin to die. In fact many of them expected it to die because they tried to kill it by preventing their customers from accessing it. They now see that this strategy only hurt themselves, not Bitcoin. So now they are coming around, and in so doing, they are making Bitcoin more valuable and more widely adopted.

The same is true of people who developed and invested in competitors to Bitcoin, expecting to kill it by replacing it. They couldn’t match Bitcoin’s unique features, but Bitcoin could patch into itself any improvements they may actually have had.

Not every attack is easily defeated. Bitcoin has been through some very frightening and drawn out battles. The most severe of these, in my opinion, was when powerful people within Bitcoin’s ecosystem tried to betray it. But even in that worst case example, Bitcoin dealt a lesson to all involved — enemy and ally alike — that it could resist such an attack. As such, it has demonstrated to all those stakeholders that it is pointless to mount such an attack ever again.

Attack Bitcoin, Please

This article is not meant to discourage anyone from attacking Bitcoin if they have some clever attack planned. Instead, it asks that they please do attack it and give it their very best shot. It’s for the good of Bitcoin.

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Bitcoin Sees the Light of Day in a National World’s First

Geothermal Bitcoin Mining

By: Bachir El Barraj

El Salvador has been a country suffering from civil war, economic ruin and high organized crime & murder rates for much of its modern life. Yet the 39 yr old El Salvadorian President, Nayib Bukele, who enjoys a super-majority of his party in parliament, in a world’s first, enacted law making Bitcoin legal tender in his nation.

Since 2001 El Salvador has done away with its local currency, the Colon, and instead decided to use The US Dollar as legal tender. With Bitcoin also now as legal tender, El Salvador is paving the way to assure the nation’s future going forward into an uncertain geopolitical climate.

Stating the ease of payments and remittances which much of the country depends on, as well as the fact that many El Salvadorians aren’t banked, Bukele sees Bitcoin as the ideal solution.

It doesn’t stop with making Bitcoin legal tender. Bukele asked the state owned geothermal energy firm, LaGeo, to devise plans for offering Bitcoin mining facilities to Bitcoin miners who want to use the nation’s geothermal energy resources to run their mining farms. To be able to attract these miners, El Salvador, according to Max Keiser, is also offering permanent residence for Bitcoiners who are willing to dedicate BTC 3.

This, first-time, comprehensive all-round adoption of Bitcoin by a whole nation is the light Bitcoiners have been waiting to see in a long time, and just as the first domino falls, we also envision many nations that will follow in the path set by El Salvador.