Context is panel discussion at Zcon4: Zcon4 - Day 1 Track 1 #zcash - YouTube
Is the economic issuance of Zcash part of the social contract?
I feel like most of the panel, and probably a good part of the community, has some kind of narrow view on this; maybe a case of groupthink? Who cares how many Zcash tokens there are, seriously. I could be wrong, but it seems pretty obvious that the motivation behind this thinking is some kind of reassurance we get from the idea that it worked for bitcoin, and after all, limited supply implies that the value will have no choice but to go up as demand increases. Have you ever heard of growing the pie?
The number of tokens is just a variable that we should discuss like any other. There is no sacred number as far as I’m concerned. Obviously, old and new investors in Zcash want to see the value of their investment increase, which is perfectly fair and should of course be taken into serious consideration. Now, if we had an economic rationale that would explain to these investors why doubling the maximum number of tokens to 42M would have the best chance of bringing success to Zcash, I’m pretty sure you’d at least get their attention, and possibly their support. Today there is no such reason, but we shouldn’t limit our options without a good reason. It’s just cringeworthy to hear this from this panel of otherwise smart people.
What other, if any, aspects are part of the Zcash social contract?
Ok, why are we here? Private, fungible, cash for the world. Is anyone really here for anything else? We have the best technology for privacy, so while there’s room for improvement (private only txs, hardware wallet support, etc), we’re doing great on that front. As for cash for the world, it’s really two components, one being scalability, which is certainly a work in progress, as well as stablecoins, which is even more of a work in progress.
So yeah, let’s keep it simple and exciting. I’ve been here since day 0 of Zcash one way or another and the last thing I want is a repeat of the small blocker mindset personally, thank you. I’m here to see Zcash improve the world of financial privacy, especially for those who need it most. If a few of us get rich along the way, good for them, but it just shouldn’t be the top priority.