Bitcoin is a mix of technology, math, cryptography, philosophy, economics, psychology and game theory — which is what makes it very attractive to people with specific intellectual capabilities and with a deep interest in the truth. Knowledge in all of the above mentioned areas is necessary is necessary to fully understand the complexity and peculiarities of this new form of money. It is no wonder that it has captured the attention of the world's smartest people, and that some of them have even invested heavily into it - time and resources. Bitcoin is here to stay, and it will be a challenge to those financial institutions, scientists, and scholars who still do not recognize all of its power and beauty.
We are in a global Cold War, no more of East against West, communism against capitalism, but as common citizens against the States and the Central Banks that were used for too long to plan, maneuver, manage, and subdue every aspect of our lives. Thanks to ever crazier taxation and a criminal monetary policy — the two pillars upon which the respective organizations stand — the ordinary citizen has always been forced to pay throughout the centuries for the misdeeds of his governors.
Their total disdain for responsibility, balance, proportionality, and diligence led to an endless war against us, the citizens, who are certainly more responsible and more diligent than the institutions that represent us.
Luckily, this time round we have Bitcoin on our side. The terror of governments above us has not got long to live.
The really good thing is that this time, unlike other revolutions of the past, we don’t have to brandish pitchforks, we don't have to pull out either sidearms, or any other type of weapon to reaffirm our desire for freedom. We don’t necessarily have to protest in the squares either, spill our blood for just a drop of freedom. We don’t have to scream or look for ‘revenge!’ in vain.
Because with such a strong ally, we are 100% sure that victory is on our side.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. - Sun Tzu
Bitcoin is the supreme Art of War. Wherever we are in the world, if we are Bitcoin allies, we will win because of the protocol, the principle, the method, the faith and the passion for our cause. But what is the cause?
In an essay entitled Principles of War, Carl Von Clausewitz — a general, writer, and Prussian military theorist — has identified the nine guidelines for the study of war.
These are: objective, offensive, mass, economy of Force, maneuver, Unity of Command, security, surprise, and simplicity. Let's see how to decline them in the context of the current financial war, which sees as opposing parties the Fiat Currencies against Bitcoin, Central Banks against bitcoiners. For their victory and the victory of the citizens of the entire world!
Objective -This is the ultimate purpose of war, to destroy the enemy's ability and will to fight, by directing every military operation toward a clearly defined, decisive and attainable end. The goal is the cause!
The root problem with conventional currency is all the trust that is required to make it work. The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of breaches of that trust. - Satoshi Nakamoto
Bitcoiners’ cause is clear and can be grasped even from the statements of the aforementioned general, hidden in the shadows where he belongs. The targets are the current Political Institutions, States and Central Banks, who time and time again showed themselves untrustworthy. The problem of trust is intrinsic to any political system and power catalyst. Many families, in many realities of this world, have been deeply wounded by an excess of trust in political institutions and the currency that they issue. Never again!
I will die on this hill! - a bitcoiner
The ECB states on its website:
Here at the European Central Bank (ECB), we work to keep prices stable in the euro area. We do this so that you will be able to buy as much with your money tomorrow as you can today.
Nothing falser and more criminal. Here’s the factual reality, true for the Euro as well as any other Fiat Currency.
Offensive - Seize, retain, and exploit the initiative. Offensive action is the most effective and decisive way to attain a clearly defined common objective while maintaining freedom of action and achieving decisive results.
Seize the initiative when the price drops, keep it when the price is stable, and take advantage of every possibility to buy and hold Bitcoin. Buy, buy, and buy Bitcoin, whatever the price today. If you believe in the goal, this is the clear and definitive action. Without the need to spill blood, without the need to scream, without asking anything to anybody. Bombs and sudden attacks (on the price) will be a part of it, but they will play with your emotions, not with your life. Resist and keep accumulating.
Mass - By synchronizing the effects of overwhelming combat power, rather than concentrating forces, at the decisive place and time, a numerically inferior force can achieve decisive results, while limiting exposure to enemy fire.
You, your family, your friends, and your community must synchronize. Buy together at the beginning, and in small doses. Small steps, but shared — see also Dollar-Cost Averaging (DCA). And be careful! Many may not know about the need to fight the enemy's evil, or may not clearly know the end goal and the defense/offense means to be used. Be their general, their guide. Show them clearly who the enemy is, show them that the king is naked, and let them believe in the cause. Believe in the cause just as much as you believe in yourself, or even more, and you will win. Reinforce the success and limit the losses (i.e. sales) except for higher ends such as life itself. Exposure to enemy fire consists in selling your Bitcoin and coming back to Fiat Currency (and paying a unnecessary fee on the results you have reached). Don’t do it and in 5 to 10 years you will have gained a decisive result for yourself, your family, and your community.
Economy of Force is the opposite of Mass. Economy of force is the realization that one must employ all combat power in the most effective and judicious way possible. Every part of the force must have purpose.
Go all-in at the right moment. Be aware, don’t be the last one to take this step, because you could remain holding a stick in your hands (fiat money that isn’t worth anything) like many families around the world (Argentina, Venezuela, Zimbabwe — the most blatant cases — but also Russia, Mexico, Turkey, Moldova) crushed by the weight of hyperinflation from one day to another even in very recent times.
Maneuver - Maneuver is the deliberate movement of forces in relation to the enemy to gain an advantage. It is used to exploit your successes and to preserve your freedom of action. Maneuver is a demonstration of initiative.
The right maneuver is always to keep your Bitcoin safe, possibly on a hardware (cold) wallet. There's no better maneuver — don't overthink it. When Bitcoin becomes the global monetary standard, you will be in a position of absolute advantage.
Unity of command - For every objective, you must seek unity of command and unity of effort. Unity of command means that all the forces are under one responsible commander.
Bitcoiners of the world, unite! Our commander is Satoshi Nakamoto, or rather the idea at the basis of the protocol. It is the first time in human history that we are fighting for a commander that we don’t know and for a ‘nation’ with no flag or borders. So burning is our desire for freedom; we recognize it perfectly from the traces that Satoshi left us, both in code and in his appearances.
Security - You should never permit the enemy to acquire unexpected advantage. Security enhances freedom of action by reducing vulnerability to hostile acts, influence, or surprise. Security results from knowledge of your enemy and solid planning.
Not your keys, not your coins & not your node, not your validation. Only trust thyself. Not because others (third parties) are not worthy of your trust, but because the enemy is somewhat treacherous and you know him well. Allies (third parties) are sometimes necessary, but it is always better to be autonomous, thus making your fortress truly unassailable. If your private key is your citadel, your node is everything else: your water, your food, your bank and your privacy. In one word: your infrastructure. Don't depend on "them" or others.
Surprise - You must strike the enemy at a time, place, and manner for which he or she is unprepared. Surprise can decisively shift the balance of combat power and momentum.
An unknown individual has released into the world the greatest invention humanity has ever known, in a historic moment when nobody was expecting it. Each purchase of Bitcoin is a surprising action for which the enemies aren't prepared. Your every buying action will make you and the Bitcoiner network stronger and the enemy weaker, until the house of cards will fall under its weight, since it cannot even contemplate the idea of such an event. A decisive, reiterated purchase by the bitcoiners slowly and inevitably moves (gradually at first, then suddenly) the demarcation line, until the Central Banks and the modern States find themselves in a corner, a position of total disadvantage, unable to act and forced to admit their own defeat. The surprise is behind the corner.
Simplicity - Prepare clear, uncomplicated plans and concise orders to ensure their understanding. Everything in war is very simple, but the simple thing is difficult. Other factors being equal, parsimony is to be preferred.
Bitcoin represents the technological solution to an extremely complex human problem: the trust in institutions appointed to manage our money and our transactions. All its elegance is enclosed in its simplicity and consists of the best of 40 years of research in the crypto field.
Don’t complicate your life, don’t be conditioned by your emotions at sudden price crashes or price booms even if consistent. Simply HODL. This is the definitive plan!
The eventual betrayal of principles that support the cause of Bitcoin for the sweet fruits of satisfaction and immediate fulfillment of a superfluous and/or postponable pleasure might result in a total disruption of your existence on this earth.
If failure is predictable, better avoid it.
PS: This manifesto is not meant to be taken as financial advice. I’m not a financial advisor. But I recommend that you at least avoid taking financial advice from politicians and central bankers.
Towards a Bitcoin-based Global Monetary Standard