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The basic argument of this article seems to be that the real benefit of cryptocurrencies, other than their speculative value, is that they provide a way of enforcing artificial scarcity in the digital realm, where scarcity does not come naturally.

As someone dedicated to eliminating scarcity in the material world, (a la Bookchin's /Post-Scarcity Anarchism/, compare Doctorow's /Walkaway/), this argument does not sit well with me.

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