Pompliano: Satoshi Should Win Nobel Peace Prize For Bitcoin (#GotBitcoin?)
American investor and co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets Anthony Pompliano has argued that Satoshi Nakamoto should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for inventing Bitcoin. Pompliano: Satoshi Should Win Nobel Peace Prize For Bitcoin (#GotBitcoin?)
In A Tweet Posted On Sept. 3, Pompliano Wrote:
“Satoshi should win the Nobel Peace Prize. We finally have a currency that can assume global reserve status without anyone having to engage in violence.”
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Pompliano’s proposal faces the obvious hurdle of Nakamoto’s now-legendary disappearance in late 2010 — which has spurred almost as much speculation and fervent interest as the cryptocurrency he, she, or they invented on Oct. 31 2008 with the publication of the Bitcoin white paper.
Pragmatic considerations aside, Pompliano’s argument taps into the belief among many passionate advocates of cryptocurrency that national fiat currencies are essentially “violence-backed” — their hegemony founded upon a history of coercion, centralized control of supplies and a monopoly of power.
In the 3rd century, Chinese emperor, Qin Shi Huang had standardized the currencies of different warring states, producing the first unified currency for the empire, the bàn liǎng.
In the wake of the second world war in the last century, America’s ascendancy to world economic superpower saw the dollar transformed into a global reserve currency — both a mirror to the country’s preeminence and an instrument with which to lock down its influence and clout.
Fiat Currencies In Uncertain Times
Fast-forward to the 21st century and national fiat currencies and the reserve banking system are weathering intensifying geopolitical shocks across the globe.
As reported just yesterday, Argentina has now reimposed capital controls, limiting citizens’ and businesses’ freedom to buy foreign currency. The increasingly troubled South American nation took the step as the Argentine peso (ARS) suffers overwhelming losses against major fiat currencies such as the U.S. dollar.
With the last decade’s invention of decentralized cryptocurrencies — as well as more recent news that tech behemoths like Facebook are now attempting to co-opt the technology that underlies them to create their own digital currency networks — the currency landscape and traditional stewards of monetary policy are faced with arguably unprecedented challenges.
Amid the tumult of the protracted U.S.-China trade war, the director of the People’s Bank of China research bureau recently argued that China was being prompted to issue its own digital currency because of the potentially overweening role the United States dollar would assume in tandem with Facebook’s Libra currency. He wrote:
“If the digital currency is closely associated with the U.S. dollar, it could create a scenario under which sovereign currencies would coexist with U.S. dollar-centric digital currencies. But there would be in essence one boss, that is the U.S. dollar and the United States.”
People Will Choose A Currency That Government Can’t Control: Pompliano
The future will not bring competition between digital and non-digital currencies, but between monetary policies, according to Anthony Pompliano.
Pompliano made his comments on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Sept. 27. Ultimately, he believes, people will choose Bitcoin, as a currency that governments can’t control.
The U.S. Government Should Tokenize The Dollar Immediately
Pompliano was being questioned on how Bitcoin can remain a store of value once the dollar and other currencies have become digital.
Firstly, he said that if he were the US government, he would tokenize the dollar immediately, noting that China is creating a digital Yuan and other countries would follow suit. All money would eventually be digital, he said, and the competition will be between different monetary policies.
However, if the digital Yuan becomes available but a digital dollar is not, then countries will find it easier to buy the Yuan, threatening the dollar’s position as the global reserve currency.
So Why Would People Own Bitcoin If They Can Own A Digital Dollar?
When pressed on the original question, Pompliano said that he ultimately believed that people would opt for something that is not manipulatable, nor seizable, nor censorable.
The movement may be slow at first, he said, but people will ultimately choose a currency that the government can’t control.
Morgan Creek Digital co-founder, Pompliano, is a huge advocate of Bitcoin, recently suggesting that its pseudonymous inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, should win the Nobel Peace Prize for its creation.
Anthony Pompliano Speaks To CNN About Warren Buffett And Bitcoin
Ever since Warren Buffett gave an interview in which he stated “I don’t own any cryptocurrency” and rebuffed the idea that there was any value in Bitcoin, responses from the crypto community and media outlets have been spreading like wildfire.
Tron (TRX) Founder Justin Sun immediately came forward and claimed that the blockchain could prove Buffett was indeed the owner of a number of Bitcoin. However, the issue many had wasn’t his denial of ownership, but rather his seemingly outdated views on technology.
Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano, co-founder and partner at Morgan Creek Digital, spoke to CNN’s Julia Chatterley at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. He had a lot to say about the Buffett interview.
I spoke to @jchatterleyCNN this AM.
Explained why Warren Buffett isn’t a great person to listen to on technology and why Bitcoin’s monetary policy is superior to fiat monetary policy.
If this video gets 500,000 views, Julia will bring on more Bitcoiners.
You know what to do 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/lEcyQkbG6w
— Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) February 25, 2020
Though Pompliano acknowledged many investors respect the billionaire and consider him a financial genius, he referred to Buffett as being out of touch when it comes to cryptocurrencies:
“I really don’t take technology advice from somebody who uses a flip phone or doesn’t use email.”
Pompliano On Sweden’s Central Bank Digital Currency
Pompliano continued the interview by expanding on the popularity of Bitcoin in Europe. The country of Sweden recently began testing a digital currency. If their pilot program for the e-krona is successful, it would mean average citizens could conduct everyday transactions and banking through the blockchain.
“Everything will be digital. Instead, what we’re going to have is a competition of monetary policy. That’s I think where we believe that the Bitcoin monetary policy is superior to central bank monetary policies, and ultimately Bitcoin will be the winner, and will be the global reserve currency at some point in the future.”
Other countries have also been considering minting digital currencies of their own. Officials in Japan held meetings to discuss a digital yen, while this month The People’s Bank of China filed applications for patents regarding a digital renminbi.
Satoshi Nakamoto To Be Immortalized In Bronze Near The Steve Jobs Statue In Budapest
Budapest is set to erect a life-size bronze statue depicting Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. The face features a reflective surface that symbolizes the unknown identity of Satoshi.
Bitcoin’s anonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto is set to be depicted in a life-size bronze statue in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary.
According to local news outlet Hungary Today, sculptors, Réka Gergely and Tamás Gilly are designing the statue, and have unveiled initial plans depicting a figure with a featureless face wearing a Bitcoin hoodie.
The hood is over the figure’s head, and the face will be made from a reflective surface so that viewers can see themselves mirrored back when they look at the statue — emphasizing the idea that “we are all Satoshi.”
The project was initiated by crypto enthusiast András Györfi. Speaking with Hungary Today, he emphasized the benefits that Bitcoin and blockchain tech offer to the world:
“It is an efficient, fair, and transparent database that eliminates distrust between people and can make the world a better place in many areas, from food supply to aid delivery.”
The project has been financed by four organizations, Mr. Coin, Crypto Academy, Blockchain Hungary Association, and Blockchain Budapest.
The statue is set to be erected in Graphisoft Park in Budapest’s 3rd district, which already has a statue depicting Apple founder Steve Jobs in his signature look of jeans, a turtleneck, and sneakers. It was commissioned as a tribute to Jobs from Graphisoft, a Hungarian software firm that Jobs’ invested in as a start-up in the mid-1980s.
This is not the first public monument to be created in celebration of crypto culture — back in 2018 the Slovenian city of Kraj unveiled a Bitcoin monument in the center of a roundabout near the city’s courthouse.
The monument consists of a horizontal seven-meter-wide steel ring with the Bitcoin logo in the center. The project was financed by Luxembourg-based crypto exchange Bitstamp and blockchain software firm 3fs.
Hungary appears to be warming up to crypto across the board, after the government revealed plans on May 11 to cut taxes on crypto trading from 30.5%, down to 15% as part of an economic recovery program post-pandemic.
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