It CAN be audited. However, an inflation bug could exist without being detected. If an inflation bug was exploited in BTC it would be obvious.
As posted in a different comment, Monero uses cryptographic range-proofs to verify supply (nodes verify the range-proofs of each TX). In addition, a Python script to externally audit supply is under development: https://ccs.getmonero.org/proposals/monero-inflation-checker.html
Auditing that can't detect an inflation "bug" isn't auditing you can trust.
Agreed. I never hold XMR for more then a couple minutes so if I get debased in that time, it's an acceptable tradeoff for me.
Using a money like a hot potato because of its flaws does not bode well for that money's long term prospects.
Also agree. But it's currently the best choice for privacy as deemed by the markets where privacy is priority.
More darknet markets accept XMR than BTC. The good news is that these markets are always getting shut down and rebuilt so once BTC competes better on privacy, it should be adopted in short order.
It can be. Please see XMR sub for how. 🙃