Re: SourceHut terms of service updates, cryptocurrency-related projects to be removed

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I highly respect what you do to advance free and open source software.
As I continue to improve upon my programming and technical documentation
writing skills, I continue to seek you out as an undeniable and
propelling source of inspiration.

Though, in response to your post[1], while I can understand your general
concerns with the sheer number of existing cryptocurrencies that serve
to facilitate malicious motives, I have to respectfully disagree with
your overall stance on cryptocurrency.  A cryptocurrency, as an idea, is
meant to serve as a medium of exchange, for the purpose of giving people
back their financial autonomy in the information age; a means to
transact among others, independently of unjust state manipulation of
currency and unjust state monetary policy.  Monero (XMR), as an
honorable mention, is one of few worthy cryptocurrencies in existence
that serves to protect an individual's inherent right to transact as
they wish and privately so.  It is disappointing to discover that a
project such as Monero will no longer have a home on a platform that
otherwise subscribes to a principle of the free exchange of ideas.  As
a SourceHut subscriber, I hope to see this decision reversed one day.

Lastly, to quote a segment of your post on cryptocurrency:

> it is mostly used for fraudulent “get rich quick” schemes and to
> facilitate criminal activity, such as ransomware, illicit trade, and
> sanctions evasion. These projects often encourage large-scale energy
> waste and electronics waste

To make a (hopefully) persuasive point, do these things not also occur
with the United States dollar?  Is USD not sustained by an entire
military industrial complex and the exchange of oil?  Yet, millions of
individual people within the United States continue to facilitate these
dollars for good-faith purchases, such as groceries.  How is USD anymore
legitimate than a digital, cryptographic medium of exchange, such as
Monero?  How is it fair to claim that cryptocurrencies are used
exclusively for malicious purposes and use that claim as justification
for handicapping or banning such an idea altogether, when we can
demonstrate that malicious activity is facilitated by USD also?  Why
this double-standard?

[1]: https://sourcehut.org/blog/2022-10-31-tos-update-cryptocurrency/

Steven Peguero
New Hampshire / Boston
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