An Alaskan conservative commentator and self-styled judge has called for the world to embrace blockchain technology.
Anna von Reitz, who frequently writes about social justice and the US, argues that the problems in the country are the result of a century of rule "by the criminals who have hijacked our government, wealth, and heritage".
In her essays, von Reitz singles out the Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund and other organizations as emblematic of these issues. Late last year she went as far as calling for the arrest of President Barack Obama and the US Congress, gaining Internet infamy in the process.
However, in a 22nd January letter addressed to Pope Francis, von Reitz wrote that a distributed financial network could help solve those problems. While she she doesn’t name bitcoin directly, she arguably alludes to the digital currency by way of "a common worldwide currency".
Von Reitz explained:
A decentralized currency, she argued, would make it easier to deliver this kind of service because it removes the influence of greedy third parties.
"Whatever service delivery problems there have been or which still are, can be overcome now via a truthful and honest worldwide currency and credit system using blockchain technology," she wrote, adding:
Later in the piece, von Reitz walks through how this theoretical system might operate, with allocations of resources based on national population. Yet each member of those societies would be connected via blockchain and receive their income through it.
She expanded on the idea in another letter, on the subject of China.
"We can trade credit digits on ledgers and use blockchain transactions to track them – and allow each of us value based on our overall ability to work and contribute, plus our share of the world's natural resources,” she wrote.
Reitz did not respond to inquiries regarding the letters, including whether they had actually been sent to Vatican City in Rome, the global seat of the Roman Catholic Church.
Von Reitz concludes her 22nd January letter with a call to action for Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church to reject the existing financial system and "join with the people in putting an end to corporate greed and lack of accountability".
"The corporations have caused these problems. The corporations – not the people – need to pay for correcting them and cleaning them up," she wrote.
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