Recently, the Digital Cash Alliance‘s founder Kevin Wilkerson wrote, “Begging tyrants for freedom is not only a dead end, but also an exercise in moral cowardice and demonstrated practical futility. If you lack monetary freedom, the responsibility is yours, not the government’s.”

We were immediately reminded of E. C. Riegel’s statement in A New Approach to Freedom:

“To desire freedom is an instinct. To secure it requires intelligence. It must be comprehended and self-asserted. To petition for it is to stultify oneself, for a petitioner is a confessed subject and lacks the spirit of a freeman. To rail and rant against tyranny is to manifest inferiority, for there is no tyranny but ignorance; to be conscious of one’s powers is to lose consciousness of tyranny. Self government is not a remote aim. It is an intimate and inescapable fact. To govern oneself is a natural imperative, and all tyranny is the miscarriage of self government. The first requisite of freedom is to accept responsibility for the lack of it.”

The Bitcoin Core protocol and software represents intelligence in action. People who wanted greater monetary choices went about developing code to create Bitcoin. Others have adopted that code for purposes of mining and transacting. Others still have modified that code for creating even more monetary choices. Voucher-Safe, the technology which underlies the Digital Cash Alliance’s DCSpark open source wallet software, goes even further, silencing the blockchain and allowing users to trade bitcoin and litecoin with complete privacy and anonymity.

In a great many online publications we read every day about apparent manipulations in the price of gold and silver. We note that, for example, there are about 228 or more “ounces” of paper gold contracts for every physical gold ounce available for delivery. Who is responsible for this situation? Who could possibly be responsible?

The answer, of course, is everyone who trades on the commodities exchanges in places like New York, London, and Tokyo, to name a few. If you don’t think that the price of gold and silver those exchanges indicate could possibly represent a free market in action, then don’t buy gold and silver at the prices listed on those exchanges. If you own gold bullion or gold coins, don’t agree to sell them at the prices given by those exchanges. Set your own price.

Rebate Gold, which represents actual gold bullion and coins in secure physical storage, isn’t priced at the commodity exchange price level. Instead, a 25% premium has been added. Rebate Gold or RGold, is available in the Digital Cash Alliance’s DCSpark wallets. So, right away, today, if you feel that gold is not priced properly, you can do something about it by buying RGold. (Note that you can also redeem it at the 25% premium price.)

What if RGold is completely going about it in the wrong way? If you think so, then buy gold in whatever way you choose and issue your own currency. For example, if your company mines gold out of the ground, you probably have a good source of supply. Why not sell it at a price of your own choosing?

Complaining about how the commodity exchanges are rigged is interesting, and we’ve seen some extraordinary evidence to indicate that there really is a lot of double-dealing and misdirection, possibly even outright fraud. What we don’t see is a lot of meaningful action.

Choosing what you use as money for economic transactions is up to you. Choosing when you are satisfied that you have accomplished finality of settlement, when you have actually paid for what you are buying, or when you have actually been paid for what you are selling, is up to you. The Digital Cash Alliance provides effective tools for people who want to buy, sell, exchange, exchange with built-in escrow, trade, operate as merchants, issue currencies, or even administer their own voucher network.

These tools exist today and are described in detail on their web site. So, the question is no longer “how” but “why not?” Why aren’t you using private, anonymous digital cash, today? I cannot think of a single good reason why not.