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BEYOND BLOCKCHAIN: The Death of the Dollar and the Rise of Digital Currency
In his first career, Erik Townsend was a technologist and entrepreneur in the software industry, and was one of the principal inventors of a trend now known as Service-Oriented Architecture. In his second career, Mr. Townsend managed a hedge fund based on a global macroeconomic investment strategy. He now hosts the weekly MacroVoices podcast, which is recognized as the only financial podcast catering to professional finance and very sophisticated private investors.
The United States Dollar has served as the world’s reserve currency since 1944, and the U.S. Government derives an enormous benefit from being the world’s reserve currency issuer. The resultant artificial global demand for U.S. Dollars is precisely what has allowed the U.S. Government to borrow and spend beyond its means and run massive trade deficits for decades without immediately suffering adverse consequences. Foreign governments have been complaining bitterly since the 1960s about the unfair advantage the United States derives from being the reserve currency issuer, but until now there hasn’t been much they could do about it. Now China and Russia suddenly have a new lever to use which could potentially upset the global balance of global power, and dethrone King Dollar from the title of world reserve currency. That lever comes from an unexpected source. The “cryptocurrency” trend focuses on creating an alternative to government-issued money and these privately issued digital coins are likely to be outlawed eventually. But the invention of digital cash enables the creation of government-issued digital currency systems as well. And the potential benefits are so great that there’s a very good chance that a digital currency system introduced by China and Russia could upstage the U.S. Dollar and replace it as global reserve currency. What’s more, there’s plenty of evidence that China and Russia are already hard at work to make this happen. The Chinese Central Bank is aggressively hiring Blockchain engineers, but has been suspiciously quiet about what they’re working on. Sergei Glaziev, economic advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving keynote speeches to Blockchain conferences. The Chinese central bank filed more digital currency patents than anyone else in 2017. Why are China and Russia suddenly so interested in Digital Currency technology? And more importantly, what are they planning to do with it? Author Erik Townsend is uniquely qualified to sort this puzzle out and tell the entire fascinating story in this book. In his first career, Townsend was a distributed systems architect – an expert in all the technologies used to create cryptocurrencies. In his second career, he was a hedge fund manager who studied reserve currency status extensively. Townsend first gives readers an introduction to both conventional money and digital currency, then gives a detailed introduction to relevant monetary history subjects, and finally ties it all together and explains how a state-sponsored digital currency system could steal the title of global reserve currency from the U.S. Dollar and change the balance of world power.
Anyone interested in understanding how China and Russia are likely to co-opt Digital Currency technologies originally used to develop cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, and use them to dethrone the U.S. Dollar as the world's global reserve currency.
Book cover type
This is NOT yet-another book about cryptocurrency. The book is about how Russia and China are likely to use digital currency technology (which was invented by the crypocurrency crowd) to create a new global-scale digital currency system designed to steal the title of global reserve currency away from the U.S. Dollar, which has held that title since the end of WWII. The rationale for "Beyond Blockchain" is that right now the world is all in a frenzy over blockchain, the distributed database that makes the Bitcoin cryptocurrency possible. The point is, this is NOT yet-another book about Blockchain. Rather, it's about what the future of digital currency will look like AFTER blockchain is forgotten. Hence the title Beyond Blockchain. So think about how to graphically express the concept of what comes next after blockchain. But frankly the Beyond Blockchain part isn't the most important part of the title. It was chosen because Blockchain is such a hot SEO buzzword. The subtitle "The Death of the Dollar and the Rise of DIgital Currency" is what the book is really about. That should be the more prominent component of the title visually The book is about how Russia and China will use digital currency technology to try to dethrone King Dollar, hence the subtitle/tagline "The Death of the Dollar and the Rise of Digital Currency". The basic premise of the book is Russia and China are probably already hard at work to use the technology invented by the Bitcoin guys in order to try to take the title of reserve currency away from the Dollar. Please think about how to use graphic elements to depict Russia and China attacking the US Dollar, using digital currency technology as their weapon of choice. Note - they're not attacking the United States as in the country - they are attacking the DOLLAR as the center of the global financial system. They hope to use digital currency to create something better so that the rest of the world can be convinced to ditch the dollar. Just to be clear, the book IS very much about digital currency technology, so graphic elements depicting digtal money are a good idea. But it's NOT about the existing cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, so something like the Bitcoin logo or any of the other cryptocurrency logos doesn't fit. The premise of the book is that the U.S. Dollar WILL eventually be replaced as the world's reserve currency by a digital currency. The question is whether the U.S. does this or if Russia/China beats them to it. In the book I describe a "coming space race" where U.S. is pitted against China/Russia to see who is first to replace conventional money with digital money. If you can figure out how to express these concepts graphically, you're on the right track!
What to avoid
This is a SERIOUS non-fiction book predicting that Russia and China will try to displace the U.S. Dollar as the center of the global financial system. It's not a novel and I DEFINITELY do not want to be perceived as a conspiracy theorist. Also, it's about MODERNIZATION of the financial system, so old-school finance imagery like old stone bank buildings doesn't work. Think more like high-tech money is coming and the question is which government is first to make it happen. It should definitely depict the concept of the U.S. Dollar being replaced by digital currency, and China and Russia vying to be the ones to supply the digital currency that takes the title. The style should be serious, professional, confident and authoritative. Nothing that looks hoky or could cause someone to conclude it's a crazy conspiracy theory.
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