RE: Wealth Redistribution via Cryptocurrencies
It is interesting to me to consider that all life in this universe is a "dissipative structure" -- meaning that life represents complex, self organizing systems that emerge as they feed on the energy of the universe as it marches in a steadily decaying process from big bang (whatever that represents to you) to heat death. Thus even though entropy always increases, part of the process through which this entropy increases is the emergence of systems that help "dissipate" this energy.
Thus suns that take small, higher energy atoms and convert them to larger, lower energy atoms represent the emergence of a system that helps "dissipate" the energy locked into the nuclear bonds of the smaller, higher energy atoms.
Similarly, chemical processes on and in planets represent the freeing up of energy locked in chemical bonds.
All of life is built on the process of converting higher energy stuff to lower energy.
When considered from this big picture perspective, then, it becomes clear that the real money, the real currency, is energy. Money is just an overlay -- an energy translator, if you will, that allows us to compare dissimilar items (grapes versus iron ingots, for example) that would otherwise be extremely difficult to tell exactly how much "energy" each one is worth.
Money, unfortunately, does open up the possibility of gaming the system -- of trying to force society to accept the idea that an item or a service is "worth" a certain amount of energy when in fact it is not. This represents trying to cheat society by changing definitions -- no different than changing the definition of a foot to 11 inches, a minute to 65 seconds, or a pound to 15 ounces.
But this introduces chaos and incoordination into society by forcing imbalances into the delicate, adaptive system we call our economy.
Fortunately, the internet is reducing the barrier to entry for society to go around these distortions.
I'm looking forward to the introduction of a cryptocurrency pegged to a real, physical standard -- 1 coin pegged to an ounce of gold or a barrel of oil.