I want to give you my thoughts, I hope you find them agreeable but if not please point out what you find disagreeable and perhaps we can discuss it further.
> Price is, uh, whatever it is.
> Pegged 1:1 to US dollar
The US dollar is propped up by developing nations which require it in order to trade. It's been almost 8 years since the UN recommended a change to a different international standard. There's a bunch of other stuff we could point out, like Petroleum reserves and the proxy wars the United States fights all over the world, but I think you get the point; the value of the Dollar isn't static, and it affects a lot more then just Americans.
>Can exchange to other Paypals (C$, £, €, etc.) for 3% fee
If bitcoin became an international standard similar to the US dollar, then this is a moot point. The only reason you would trade it for other cryptocurrencies would be for their domain-specific qualities (i.e Monero for people who want privacy, Litecoin for people who want cheaper transactions). There's no real difference between national currencies in their utility; you are exchanging it for no reason than the privilege to transact in a country.
I was born in 1993, and I have been blessed to grow up around the internet. It is truly one of the biggest marvels of our time, and the biggest reason for it is that it removes borders. I could be writing this from Somalia right now, or Russia, or India. Imagine if we had to pay to access websites in a different country? Would the world-wide-web be as great if it wasn't world-wide?
I think you do Bitcoin a disservice by regarding it as just a method of payment; it's the fact that it is open, and worldwide that is its biggest strength. A worldwide currency would help solve many issues for some of the most misfortunate in the world; not just for paying for Netflix and some Numatic vacuum bags for your Henry hoover on Amazon.
You were older than me at the advent of the internet; were you similarly pessimistic at that time?
I apologise if I come across rude; it's not my intention.
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