Flowery V20 Talk and Government Terror: Why Darknet Crime Is the Least of Our Worries

Governments and central banking regulatory bodies continue to express concern about crypto being used for criminal purposes and terror. The terror campaigns of these very same governments continue unabated, however. In the wake of the V20 summit it might seem that lawmakers actually care about stopping darknet crime, money laundering, and other abuses facilitated by the anonymity crypto provides. What is really happening is the large-scale degradation of language, coupled with a gross misrepresentation of what actually constitutes the most pressing threat to the world, in finance and elsewhere: the state.

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Defining Terror: A Telling Change

Terrorism is commonly defined as the use of violence, or threats of violence, to achieve political or ideological goals. In recent years however, major players in the cyber information market have been critically altering that simple definition. Altering it by adding one small word: “unlawful.”

Whereas Google previously defined terrorism as “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims,” this has now been changed to: “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.” The spine-chilling difference is clear and