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As I’ve said many times, I’m broadly skeptical about cryptocurrencies, think blockchain falls right behind self-driving cars as the second most over-hyped computer technology, and believe Bitcoin is a speculative bubble of little intrinsic value.
Having said that, there is one use case for cryptocurrency that I’ve acknowledged from the start: it can be a practical way for people to execute transactions that those in authority would like to prevent them from making. In some benighted places, like Cuba and Venezuela and other progressive utopias, cryptocurrencies allow people to circumvent kleptocratic governments. That’s nice, and I’m all for that, but it isn’t (yet) a First World problem.