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Re: A problem with anonymity

>To: [email protected], [email protected]
>Subject: Re: A problem with anonymity
>From: [email protected] (MONTY HARDER)

>  But if the escrow agent is anonymous, we simply recurse, moving now to
>the question of whether anyone can trust the Anonymous Escrow Agency not
>to take the money and run.
>TC> (I mention banks because, when you look at it closely, today's banks can
>TC> quite easily claim that a customer made a withdrawal when he didn't. That
>TC> they don't says more about the nature of persistent businesses than about
>TC> any government oversight or security features. This is a side point, but it
>TC> bears keeping in mind that the real world of banks and businesses, etc., is
>TC> not fully secure, either. And yet it mostly works pretty well. The reasons
>TC> for this are interesting to consider.)
>  A bank has $$ invested in impressive-looking buildings, (so that
>vanishing into the ether and setting up shop elsewhere is rather
>difficult) and several officers whose TrueNames are registered with the
>appropriate agencies, so that they may be sued if they pull this
>  While individual stockholders might appreciate the anonymity (and
>protection from legal action) of owning stock in a bank or escrow agency
>(might just combine the functions, while we're at it), they demand
>onymity of the officers with whom they entrust the keys to the
>[email protected] *    
The real secret is that for most banks the individual transaction
is << than the total stream of transactions.  Defaulting on a single
transaction will show a profit that is miniscule compared to the
over-all earnings at stake if the bank's credibility is jeopardized.
When banks have gotten into trouble it is frequently when they allow
one customer or one transaction to represent a significant share
of their business.  You have a high probability of being able to
trust an escrowee with your $1 if you know he intends to collect
commissions on holding $1million for others based on his "trusted"

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