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Title    Are Assassination Markets Just a Revenge Fantasy?
Date    Monday June 19, @09:42PM
Author    n1
Topic   
from the i'd-buy-that-for-a-dollar dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/06/19/201258

An Anonymous Coward writes:

After the last of the Dirty Harry films, The Dead Pool, was released in 1988, libertarians began to discuss the potential for crypto-currency prediction markets to become crowdfunded assassination markets. Many schemes were proposed and many were unworkable. The main complication is an assassin using zero-knowledge proof to claim a bounty without implicating any other party. This arrangement ignores betting exchanges where anyone can lay or back bets and no-one on a given exchange may be involved in assassination. Discussion has been sparse regarding secondary markets for fake death followed by new identity.

Whether or not a dead pool is bloodless, ire has been most often directed at government officials and the actual use of lethal force. When a BitCoin dead pool launched in 2013, Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, became subject of the biggest bounty. Perhaps it was obvious with hindsight that libertarian capitalists in possession of digital currency would focus on the person directly responsible for managing the world's largest, centralized, debt-based, nation-state, fiat currency.

Anyhow, given that a real assassination market has supposedly been running for four years, where are the high-profile deaths? Or disappearances? Is digital currency too complicated for soldiers of fortune? Too risky? Too ephemeral? Are the rewards too small? Will digital currency's increased value and flight to safety encourage libertarianism not previously seen? Or are people wimps?


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Links

  1. "Dirty Harry films" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Harry_(film_series)
  2. "The Dead Pool" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Pool
  3. "began to discuss the potential for crypto-currency prediction markets to become crowdfunded assassination markets" - http://cryptome.org/ap.htm
  4. "zero-knowledge proof" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-knowledge_proof
  5. "the actual use" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco_siege
  6. "of lethal force" - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/08/lavoy-finicum-oregon-militia-standoff-police-shooting-video
  7. "BitCoin" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin
  8. "dead pool launched in 2013" - https://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/11/18/meet-the-assassination-market-creator-whos-crowdfunding-murder-with-bitcoins/
  9. "Chairman of the" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chairman_of_the_Federal_Reserve
  10. "United States" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States
  11. "Federal Reserve" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System
  12. "Ben Bernanke" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Bernanke
  13. "digital currency" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptocurrency
  14. "increased value and" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/05/07/1417231
  15. "flight to safety" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=20828
  16. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=20832

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