Does Bitcoin Have Intrinsic Value?

Listen to various Bitcoin critics for long enough and you’ll inevitably hear the argument that Bitcoin can’t possibly succeed because it doesn’t have any intrinsic value. You can’t hold a bitcoin in your hand, you can’t wear it, you can’t do anything with it besides trade it to someone else.

Gold bugs love to point out that unlike bitcoin, gold is used in all sorts of industries such as electronics, jewelry and dentistry. Establishment fiat investors and economists love to point out that unlike stocks, bonds and farmland, bitcoin does not produce anything. However, what both groups fail to understand is that these are not bugs, but rather very key features of Bitcoin.

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