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If every dollar is tracked so that the bank guard can be forced to give back a tip; wouldn't that tracking enable the tip giver who gained it illicitly to be tracked, too?

The promise that these surveillance capabilities will be used fairly is something neither Snowden or I or anyone else who has witnessed how the government works will buy; but it's part of the sales pitch and in arguing against it we have to acknowledge our own prejudice there.

A totally trackable government currency might well have uses, especially if the power of the government backing it went into things like ensuring transparency, honesty, etc. I certainly believe that no government will do any such thing; but they'll all sell their systems under that banner.




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