1994-05-04 - Re: Why Digital Cash is Not Being Used

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From: “Perry E. Metzger” <perry@snark.imsi.com>
To: dat@spock.ebt.com (David Taffs)
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Message ID: <9405041103.AA01100@snark.imsi.com>
Reply To: <9405040122.AA05674@helpmann.ebt.com>
UTC Datetime: 1994-05-04 11:03:40 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 4 May 94 04:03:40 PDT

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From: "Perry E. Metzger" <perry@snark.imsi.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 94 04:03:40 PDT
To: dat@spock.ebt.com (David Taffs)
Subject: Re: Why Digital Cash is Not Being Used
In-Reply-To: <9405040122.AA05674@helpmann.ebt.com>
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David Taffs says:
>    From: "Perry E. Metzger" <perry@snark.imsi.com>
>    The natural currency today is the U.S. Dollar, as transfered via
>    digicash.
> How about a floating cipherdollar? Holders of cipherdollars would
> share in the proceeds of the investment, minus real transaction costs
> and overhead, plus transaction fees if any.

Basically, you have now combined a mutual fund with a currency, which
causes great trouble for anyone who would like to use the one without
the other.

Its true that transaction costs are often paid for implicitly by banks
lowering the interest that they pay you. However, thats a different

I'd like to emphasize that Digicash is a TRANSACTION MECHANISM.
Digital cash is NOT a currency. There is no need to invent a new kind
of money -- there are already too many for the world's good as it is.
Digicash can admittedly be used to transfer shares in cattle farms as
easily as Dollars, but far more groceries take Dollars.