The price of bitcoin can literally fall to zero. With fiat currency, achieving that would require the government losing its power to enforce tax collection.
People losing interest in a fad seems to be a bigger risk than a governmental collapse.
But all modern taxes (really, even, over time, property taxes) are driven by the underlying value, not by a fixed amount, and thus create no actual demand for the currency. If the government requires that I pay 10% of my income, and my income is 10 cows, it does not matter what the price of cows in dollars is -- I owe the dollar equivalent of a cow. If dollars are expensive, then I trade one cow for a few dollars and pay that, if dollars are cheap, I trade one cow for a lot of dollars and pay that.
There is no net demand created by this, and I don't know why people keep claiming that.
The other side, the "actual use", is definitely a real thing -- price discovery is very difficult when there is no real commerce, and until a complete supply chain can be priced in the currency, it's going to be hard for there to be any stabilizing pressure.
Selling land, for USD, and USD only, is certainly one way that it made USD valuable.
Property taxes are very much the same kind of thing, as you mention. In effect, it makes landowners into tenants to the extent that the land is taxed.
The government, being defined as the entity with sovereignty over a given region and a monopoly on force in that region, it is in effect a landlord at root. And it can make people pay to live in the area it controls. It currently strays from this role by taxing other things as well, and in so doing is generally destructive to output.
But taxes on land and natural resources have no deadweight loss and historically have been the major source of government revenue.
So, in effect, fiat currency is land-backed. And land value comes from the value of the location, the desirability of living there, and the productive capacity of the region... which are in turn affected by government policy.
But in modern times, ~90% of government revenue  is from taxes that are relative to income, and thus create no net demand for USD. I don't know when this became the case (at least the 60s), but I suspect for a very long time. The federal government, as far as I'm aware, has no property taxes; those are at the local or municipal level. And there, they are based on the assessed value of the property, so if dollars are expensive, then the taxes are lower, and if dollars are cheap, then the taxes are higher. Because the liquidity is required, you could argue that there's some marginal effect, but given that equity is easily converted to debt at scale, I'm dubious that that would ever be a factor.
In my opinion, fiat money is the closest that we've been able to come to "good" money in a sense -- easily transactable, scarce, fungible, hard to counterfeit, easy to validate. The value derives from these characteristics. The "scarce" aspect is the one that bothers me the most, because it doesn't have the same guarantees about scarcity as something like gold (although it excels at the other points). The notion that money is "backed" by anything is and always has been a red herring in my mind; in almost every case, disconnects between the thing that explicitly "backed" a currency and the currency itself have had little to no medium-term effect on the value of the currency, because the currency typically "inherits" the scarcity aspects of its backing. To what extent cryptocurrencies can succeed is still up in the air, but I remain very optimistic.
No amount of institutional complexity can negate this fact. Land is necessary for all production and for all life. Control of land enables the owner to demand a rent, and to demand it in whatever form the landowner wishes.
That form could be as terrible or as optimal as conceivable, but that choice is ultimately up to the sovereign. None of your traits for optimal money matter by comparison. Those factors will surely enter into the consideration of any wise sovereign currency issuer, but only if they are wise.
The currency that is demanded could be a cryptocurrency, although a sovereign currency issuer would be foolish to ever choose that, and would put them at a strategic disadvantage during war.
There's a use for BTC, it's just illegal.
That's one of rich private pre-schools in NYC. Last I checked, educating 6 year olds isn't illegal.
"It’s just really another payment option, Ciocca says. "If you don’t want to use it then by all means pay with a check—no harm, no foul."
A simple example would be if I want to pay someone a large amount of money (>$10,000) privately. Using credit or a check creates a financial record. Cash is the only way to keep the transaction completely private. With such a large sum, it can become non-trivial to transport that much cash, especially internationally. There's also the obvious issue of securely transporting that much physical currency. With cryptocurrency, I can transport arbitrary units of value over the internet with the security of cryptography.
You may argue that there's no legitimate transaction that would occur at that high of a dollar amount, but I think that's a matter of opinion, and that individuals should be able to transact one to one without involving any third parties to transfer value.
> And how are you able to avoid taxes with bitcoin in a way that is legal?
This is a bit of a gray area. At the most illicit end, it's a total tax dodge by laundering/concealing income. At the legal end, I understand that there are cases where the taxes you're supposed to pay on bitcoin gains works out better than if you had made that gain through a stock or other type of investment. I haven't converted large amounts of cryptocurrency to USD or vice versa, so I'm not totally familiar with the IRS reporting for crypto assets.
But this is irrelevant. Taxes have nothing to do with a currencies value. The tax rates in the US vs the EU do not affect the Dollar to Euro exchange rate.
This argument seems to be more a product of some sort of ideological fetish for taxation than an economic perspective.