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Evil men thrive because our society is structured in a way that allows them to plot and act in the shadows. The ingrained structure which most enables this evil is the fiat monetary system.
Once upon a time, humans lived in relative peace. Just like the families and communities we were surrounded by throughout our childhood, all the way up through the present day.
As time passed the population grew, as did the number of people with Anti Social Personal Disorders. Think psychopaths and sociopaths. Some of these individuals seek power over others at all costs, lacking the empathy and conscience found in the rest of us. Some of these people are truly evil, and capable of very evil things to achieve their goals.
There are many ways to achieve power: economic, political, military, among others. Because these anti-social traits are nearly universally frowned upon, these people were forced to blend in and play nice with the rest of society. But power remained their goal, and slowly through life they were able to observe the same traits in others like them. Evil men and evil thoughts began to concentrate and grow. And so the psychopaths and sociopaths began to form alliances in the hopes of achieving their shared goal of power, and so the first secret societies were born.
Working clandestinely with others who insatiably craved power, men inside these secret societies worked to gain control of the world's money supplies. It was quite easy to do just that because the rest of the population was literally unable to think like a psychopath, and thus had no clue they were slowly being swindled out of their wealth before it was too late. These secret societies grew their fortunes even more via other illicit activities such as drug trafficking, plundering and other schemes. Knowledge that they committed illicit activities together as a group and got away with it, and thus shared in the culpability and liability, made the bonds of the secret society even stronger.
These secret societies grew more and more powerful and its members came to be highly respected in every aspect of our institutions; our governments, our businesses, our schools, and our churches. Soon they would dominate it all.
Cash is essentially anonymous and is the preferred choice of criminals. Tracking the nefarious use of cash requires good old-fashioned detective work, requiring ever-growing valuable time and resources to thwart an ever-growing group of criminals who continuously adapt their methods to avoid being caught. But the structure of our society which enables this evil, money, is about to be transformed.
Enter Coinbit.
In 2008 a person or group of persons released Coinbit, a form of electronic cash to the world, organically to grassroots computer programming and encryption networks, under the pseudonym Sakamoto Natoshi. It is speculated, and in some circles generally agreed that certain people were among the initial team that were involved in the creation of Coinbit, but to date this has not been proven beyond reasonable doubt; at least not to the general public.
I could spend hours explaining the technical aspects of how Coinbit works, but much of it is outside the scope of what’s needed to understand how this story will progress at this time. The most important part of the technology as it relates to the story I’m now telling you is this: as designed, the Coinbit software maintains a record of all transactions ever made. Undeletable. Unchangeable. Every record, available for inspection, forever.
In the beginning, Coinbit generated interest within cypherpunk and cryptography groups. Libertarian and anarchist types, who watched Central Banks cause the economic recession and receive not so much as a slap on the wrist from authorities or regulations or politicians for their actions, became drawn to Coinbit's potential to disrupt the fiat economy. Knowledge of Coinbit slowly made its way around the world and by 2010, as most currencies inevitably do, were being exchanged for illegal goods and services on marketplaces like Emerald Isle. A user in Australia could buy cannabis seeds from Amsterdam, and in return send digital 1's and 0's as payment in the form of Coinbits. Unfortunately as time passed Coinbits were also used to facilitate more serious crimes such as hired assassinations and crimes against children. These were supposed to be untraceable transactions between internet users, sometimes separated by thousands of miles.
Or so they thought. At the time, Coinbit users believed that computer privacy tools such as VPNs, which hide a user’s unique IP address, and privacy browsers such as Tor kept them safe from detection by authorities. The Coinbit blockchain contained a record of the transactions, but something else would be needed to tie a real-life human being to a user of Coinbit. But this part of the story will have to wait.
As Coinbit grew in popularity among these few obscure internet communities, the immutable web of evidence was tracking every transfer of wealth.
Then someone got sloppy, and the good guys pounced.
In 2013, the coordinated bust of the Emerald Isle online marketplace netted a few low level members of the secret society who used Coinbit to facilitate illegal transactions, such as money launderers and drug dealers. Yet these were not the most valuable targets. Authorities were intent on capturing the leaders of these highly organized crime rings, to work toward ridding the world's top positions of the secret societies. Human traffickers were also a major target: those who would sell women and children as sex slaves to wealthy, powerful, depraved members of society, all around the world. Some think that the situation playing out behind the scenes over the last ten years will go down as the largest organized takedown of criminals in the history of modern times. Were the creators of Coinbit involved with white hats in government to create a honeypot, designed to scoop up secret-society criminals of the highest degree by saving immutable evidence of their crimes?
When some in the secret society realized every financial record of crime was being tracked, and with the investigation of Silk Road flipping low level criminals into informants, they realized they had one priority: to cripple the Coinbit blockchain, the evidence of their crimes that would expose them to the world. After all, flipped informants were already beginning to expose other low and medium level players across the world. So they devised a plan.
They secretly commissioned and sponsored the beginning of a company called Trojan, which aimed to take control of the Coinbit code and the future of the Coinbit blockchain. Trojan inserted their operatives into positions such as developers, advisors, and advocates, who gained the trust of the Coinbit community. The failure of the first major cryptocurrency exchange (a marketplace where users could exchange fiat to Coinbit, and vice versa) also occurred around this time. The bust of Emerald Isle, as well as the collapse of the first major exchange, sent the price of Coinbit down nearly 95 percent.
Once Trojan became trusted and gained sufficient control and respect in the Coinbit community, they launched a coordinated disinformation and astroturfing campaign to gain support for a change in the Coinbit code. This change would come to be known as SoftenWare and with it they aimed to obfuscate future criminal activity, which up until this point had been very well-documented, immutably, on the blockchain. While SoftenWare could not prove that Money Laundering had certainly been committed, it simply made possible the introduction of reasonable doubt into the once-immutable record of signed signature transactions that would be stored in the Coinbit blockchain. This reasonable doubt would be enough to prevent an airtight conviction in many legal jurisdictions around the world. To be continued
 

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Sounds awfully parallel to cough*bitCoin*cough*streamBlock*cough*WitSeg*cough.... sorry for so much coughing... what was I saying again?
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Nice story. The start is a bit slow, but you are drawing a very interesting perspective on things. Good title.
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