“The Fed Reserve has destroyed 98% of the purchasing power of the dollar since 1913 an in the meantime they have financed every war they couldn’t have financed if they were on the gold standard”. – Ron Paul | Got Bitcoin?

"The Fed Reserve has destroyed 98% of the purchasing power of the dollar since 1913 an in the meantime they have financed every war they couldn't have financed if they were on the gold standard". - Ron Paul | Got Bitcoin? submitted by /u/Crevative
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“History shows that no government, after going on a fiat monetary system, ever reverses course until its paper currency is destroyed. There is no reason to believe this time will be any different.” – CMI Gold & Silver

https://www.cmi-gold-silver.com/article/gold-standard-inflation-fiat-money/ is the source of the quote.

I did some research on the value of the dollar over the course of US history (at least, as far back as I could find. What I discovered was that the value of the dollar relative to the *median* price of gold over the last 225 years has crashed significantly and not recovered twice. *Only* twice. Once was at the beginning of the great depression, and the other was the minute the gold standard was abolished.

Note: There was a scenario on a similar scale of the great depression during the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859, but this only applies to gold and I think this is due to peoples' tastes and preferences leaning towards gold. The gold rush must have affected demand more than supply, because the price nearly doubled. That's the only thing I can think of to explain it.

Regardless, the price of gold returned to the median in just a little under two decades — very short in the history of the US. Here are the excel graphs I made that caused me to discover this phenomenon. https://imgur.com/a/FpEVl0W

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TIL in 2011 a user running a modified mining client intentionally underpaid himself 1 satoshi, which is the only time bitcoin have ever truly been destroyed.

In block 124724 you'll find txid 5d80a29b which has a payout of 49.99999999 BTC at a time when the block reward was 50 BTC. A transaction fee of 0.01 BTC was also forfeited. This bitcoin no longer exists anywhere in the network, as opposed to "burned" coins which technically still exist in a wallet which no one can ever access (ex: 1BitcoinEaterAddressDontSendf59kuE).

On bitcointalk user midnightmagic explains a deeper meaning behind this:

I did it as a tribute to our missing Satoshi: we are missing Satoshi, and now the blockchain is missing 1 Satoshi too, for all time.

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