Bitcoin Is More Than an Inflation Hedge

While fears of a “great monetary inflation” have driven the recent bitcoin narrative, other aspects like censorship resistance and peaceful protest matter just as much.

Jun 12, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. UTCUpdated Sep 14, 2021 at 8:51 a.m. UTC
Jun 12, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. UTCUpdated Sep 14, 2021 at 8:51 a.m. UTC

While fears of a “great monetary inflation” have driven the recent bitcoin narrative, other aspects like censorship resistance and peaceful protest matter just as much.

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This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

Today on the Brief:

  • Why bitcoin sold off
  • A bank-the-unbanked narrative for the digital dollar
  • It’s Dave Portnoy’s world and we’re all just living in it

Today’s main topic: Why inflation isn’t the only bitcoin narrative that matters.

When bitcoin’s halving coincided with the most aggressive central bank policy of all time, it set a clear narrative framework for bitcoin as an inflationary hedge. This was captured by people like legendary hedge fund investor Paul Tudor Jones, who warned of a “great monetary inflation.” 

In this episode, NLW argues 1) that inflation could be a dangerous narrative to focus on too closely due to a number of countervailing deflationary forces, and 2) there are a variety of other narratives that are just as important to bitcoin, including:

  • Censorship resistance 
  • Seizure-resistant asset
  • Currency controls and reshoring 
  • Nations looking to escape USD system
  • Independent banking 
  • Peaceful protest

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