Freedom to choose. Freedom to trade. Freedom to pursue Happiness.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”Thomas Jefferson, Philadelphia 1776
Money is half of every transaction. Labor for money, or goods for money. But what if there is a problem with the money?
When I hear the words, “pursuit of Happiness” in the Declaration of Independence, I think of a free man’s right to make something of himself — something of his own choosing. Finding his place in the world by offering some good or service to his neighbors and earning an honest living by production and distribution. But what does a man get in return if he works like a dog in exchange for paper currency? A paper currency that is constantly being devalued by inflation. A paper currency with decreasing purchasing power. What if he wants to exchange his value for something else?
“Each individual is the only and final arbiter in matters concerning his own satisfaction and happiness.”
— Ludvig von Mises
Early 20th Century Austrian Economist Friedrich Hayek theorized that if currencies could be created and used like any other product, consumers would benefit from having choices. New ways of exchanging value could be invented to better meet people’s needs. This opportunity exists now.
The attainment of the economic aims of man presupposes peace.Ludvig von Mises
We believe in people having choices in their money — what to accept at their business, and what to spend as a consumer. That’s why we provide a simple and easy way to use bitcoin in your daily life. This is but one expression of our dedication to the idea of freedom in all its forms (including currency).
– Derrick J. Horton, President, Anypay Inc.
“I don’t believe we shall ever have a good money again before we take the thing out of the hands of [monopolists]. We can’t take it violently out of the hands of [monopolists], all we can do is by some sly roundabout way introduce something that they can’t stop.”
― F. A. Hayek