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Blockchain Sentiment Survey: Crypto Embraced by All Political Ideologies

Coindesk Research has published the results from its State of Blockchain Q2 2018 research. The findings show the extent of cryptocurrency adoption across all political ideologies, notably finding the number of liberals has surpassed those with a libertarian ideology. 

Key findings

Of 1,200 participants, the responses were broken down into categories as so: 27% liberals, 24% libertarians, 21% conservatives, 9% centrists,  9% socialists, 8% anarcho-capitalists, and 3% nihilists.

Considering the results in a strictly political left versus right, 52% of those in the cryptocurrency space fall on the right side of the spectrum, with 45% on the left.

Ideology by coin

Ethereum (ETH), EOS and Ripple (XRP) were ranked most favorably with those on the left, while DASH, Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) were favored by a larger majority of those on the right.

XRP also shows the largest cluster towards more centrist politics when broken down into individual categories, as Monero (XMR) attracts those from the most extreme side of each spectrum and claiming the largest total number of anarcho-capitalists at 36%.

How and why

Cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin particularly are still generally considered popular by those who believe in limited or no government centralization, and who trust in the free market such as libertarians and anarcho-capitalists. This was certainly the case in the early days of Bitcoin, but the changing shape of the market and individual cryptocurrencies over time has attracted those from all corners of political preference.

55% of respondents in Coindesk’s Q1 survey said that they did not begin actively watching the cryptocurrency industry until 2017; this is when greater financial incentives came in to play for the general population as they learned about Bitcoin. Prior to Bitcoin becoming seen as a profitable investment, much of the community pursued it out of their own libertarian, or similar, ideology. The profit motive attracted a group of people that represent the general population far more closely.

When it comes down to specific cryptocurrencies, the nuances of the leadership structure largely correlates with the beliefs in one’s political ideology. As the Bitcoin Sign Guy said, cryptocurrencies with increased central leadership or governance attract a higher percentage of those who identify as socialist.

What to take from the survey

With just 1,200 participants, the survey is perhaps not quite substantial enough to provide a definitive representation of political ideologies in the field, but it is certainly an interesting starting point.

Considering the percentage of the community that supports regulations and government acceptance of cryptocurrencies, it is not all too surprising to see this variety of political opinion.

 

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Brian Kelly Still Bullish About Bitcoin Climbing

Comments made by BKCM founder Brian Kelly last week, when Bitcoin officially crossed the USD 10,000 line before its subsequent drop, suggested that there were three clear factors that would determine the coin’s next big rally, according to CCN.

The Goldman Sachs factor

Kelly sees the next support levels after USD 10,000 as USD 12,000 and USD 14,000. One factor he cites as being significant in securing this charge, was last week’s announcement by Goldman Sachs confirming the go-ahead to invest customers funds in Bitcoin through a new cryptocurrency trading desk; a decision by the bank largely provoked by customer demand.

Jon Matonis, Bitcoin Foundation founder and Visa executive, is animated with such announcements by major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, commenting:

“I think it’s fabulous that they’re getting into it because it brings in new liquidity. They’re going to develop futures markets, options markets — I even think you’re going to start to see interest-rate markets around Bitcoin.”

Matonis sees the move as one which will allow the cryptocurrency market to mature through more public trading of bitcoin. The New York Times reported yesterday that Intercontinental Exchange, owner of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), is also considering allowing customers to buy and hold Bitcoin, which would become the second Wall Street financial institution to consider such a step within weeks.

Defining Bitcoin

Another factor, according to Kelly, is the clarity now being offered by the SEC regarding the description of digital currencies. SEC chairman’s Jay Clayton’s recent suggestion that if Bitcoin is a medium of exchange it, can’t be deemed as a security due to its use as a currency which he sees as a positive mover for Bitcoin. However, Aaron Wright, director of blockchain project Cardozo, recently suggested that there is “superficial appeal” to treating Bitcoin and related tokens as securities, as many of them were still seen as “speculative assets”.

New York Blockchain Week

Another push to Bitcoin’s potential pricing fortunes, according to Kelly, is this month’s Blockchain Week being held in New York. Partnering the New York City Economic Development Corporation in the project, Kevin Worth, CEO of Coindesk, comments about the week’s headline event, ‘Consensus’.

“Consensus is more than just a conference. It’s the largest and must-attend gathering of everyone involved in our rapidly growing ecosystem. We’re proud to partner with companies that continue to innovate and actively work toward taking their projects live.”

 

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Jon Southurst – PSA: Protect Your Wallets

Jon Southurst – PSA: Protect Your Wallets:

Jon Southurst (@SouthTopia) provides in a post on CoinDesk some examples of how with Bitcoin is not just 9/10ths of the law, it is the law.  Bitcoin is a bearer instrument — meaning if a payment gets sent to the wrong party, or a thief gains control of a wallet, the funds can be spent.  Excerpts:

“A simple concentration lapse can see exponentially more bitcoin leave your wallet than you’d intended, never to be seen again.”

“The difference between bitcoin and cash, though, is that much larger amounts may be at stake. Cash transactions tend to be smaller, while (reputedly safer) credit cards and bank transfers handle larger ones. Bitcoin allows you not only to transfer a million dollars in a heartbeat, it gives you a chance to send it to the wrong place. Or nowhere at all.”

“Mike Hearn, developer at the Bitcoin Foundation, says most loss-causing errors are the result of users not backing up locally-stored wallet files at the right time, and by misusing paper wallets.”

“The bitcoin development team also hopes to add human-memorable address aliases and a messaging function to transactions. Messaging would allow users to include a refund address with transactions.”

 – http://www.coindesk.com/dumb-mistakes-costly-bitcoin-losses

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