Oxymoron: Transparent Privacy

2 min readOct 5, 2022

Oxymoron::a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g. faith unfaithful kept him falsely true )::

I’ve been following crypto for a while. The debate is ongoing, and it feels that many arguments are legit. However, when you dig a little bit deeper, it sometimes suddenly feels like the last argument contradicts the previous one made, creating an Oxymoron of sorts.

What I am referring to now is the debate about Privacy vs. Transparency in spending, both public and private. I am reaching the conclusion that the people will now not only want but demand all money put on a blockchain, so government spending will be transparent and open for the public to view.

What has changed?
One rhetoric for opposing crypto has been that Bitcoin and coins are untraceable, but not different or any worse than digital cash, but used for seemingly much worse intent and by the worst of people. Plus, this is simply not true, as it usually traces just fine, but knowing the recipient can be tricky.

On the other hand, users, especially ones gravitating towards anarchy, have voiced the need for private coins loudly. People don’t want to be monitored or tracked, and every single purchase they make is auditable, publicly, or in a siloed environment.

Although regulations are needed, it seems to be that many governments and regulators are however more positive toward blockchain currencies than before. https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/ar/2019/eng/assets/pdf/imf-annual-report-2019.pdf

You can’t have both…at the same time.

Now, let’s think a bit more about the force of opposing privacy. That should mean that Gov want to increase transparency and traceability. And this is something that Blockchain provides.

We should embrace that idea, and even uphold it, for now. We should motivate the government to adopt currencies that will be transparent so every official spending can be transparent to us voters.

Government spending, voting, grants, and infrastructure projects. The public should be able to track and trace payments and pressure the government.

That in itself would tilt the scales more than the change in surveillance on citizens.

This demand is a legit one and is important. People everywhere, in every democracy, should rally behind it, support it and demand adoption.

Regulations will follow:

Sure, a fully transparent system won’t function in reality. Not any more than a totally decentralized financial system, complete anarchy, or any pure breed “ism” out there. It’s always a give and a take; there we are, compromises.

Why is no one putting more focus on government spending being trackable and traceable?

I mean. That changes the weight on the scales more than a change in the surveillance of citizens.

It’s an argument that I feel should be resounded.

Government and society are in a debate.

At least, it feels like an oxymoron to oppose privacy and transparency simultaneously.

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