Navigating the Crypto Chaos: A Call to Reclaim Blockchain’s Promise and Rediscover Its True Value

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March 29, 2023 by
Jin Gonzalez (Oz)


The recent instability in the banking sector, exemplified by the meltdown of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, has raised concerns about the overall stability of financial institutions. The FTX fiasco has exposed inherent conflicts of interest within the crypto exchange ecosystem, revealing the lack of controls in place. In response, regulators are clamping down on projects and marketers, questioning the legitimacy of many tokens and their compliance with securities regulations.

As the crypto market faces uncertainty, it’s crucial to take a step back and reflect on the core principles and promises that attracted us to blockchain technology in the first place. Amidst the chaos, we must reevaluate our motivations and expectations to ensure we’re not losing sight of the transformative potential of blockchain.

A World on Edge

It seems like anything can happen at any time to take the crypto market down. Geopolitical tensions, potential pandemics, government policies, and social unrest are just a few of the factors that could trigger its downfall. In times like these, it’s essential to ask ourselves why we’re involved in the crypto space, and what we hope to achieve through blockchain technology.

Returning to the Roots of Blockchain

The first time we heard about blockchain and Bitcoin, we were enamored by the promise of freedom — freedom from privacy infringement, over-regulation, and excessive taxation. As the market expanded, greed and the pursuit of profit overshadowed the foundational principles that made blockchain so revolutionary.

The vast majority of crypto projects have failed to deliver on the promise of freedom, despite the global community assigning a staggering $3 trillion value to this undelivered aspiration. While the allure of financial gain drove investments, it was the belief in blockchain’s potential to liberate us from the constraints of the traditional financial system that pushed us to take the risk.

Finding True Value in Utility

To reclaim the essence of blockchain, we must shift our focus from speculative profit to real-world utility. The world is full of valuable products and services, yet very few, if any, are represented by utility tokens in the crypto space.

The key to creating meaningful tokens lies in simplicity — a tokenomics model so straightforward that even a 10-year-old could understand it. By prioritizing utility over profit, we can develop crypto projects that deliver tangible value and have a lasting impact on our lives.

Addressing Conflicts of Interest

A critical issue plaguing the crypto ecosystem is the inherent conflict of interest among exchanges, which function as market makers, liquidity providers, issuers, and exchange marketplaces simultaneously. This concentration of power allows them to manipulate the market and exploit users, perpetuating fraud and undermining trust.

It’s essential to find ways to limit the power of exchanges and promote a more equitable, transparent, and accountable ecosystem that benefits all participants, not just the few at the top.

Seeking a Solution

Is there a way to address these concerns and deliver on blockchain’s promise of freedom, create simple and effective tokenomics models that prioritize utility, and mitigate the conflicts of interest that fuel market manipulation?

In the next article, I will present a potential solution. In the meantime, I challenge you to think about these issues and share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.