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US Congressman Warren Davidson urges for a ban on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs)

TL;DR

  • US Congressman Warren Davidson has called for the ban and criminalization of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), expressing concerns over potential coercion and control.
  • Davidson’s call came in response to a job posting by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for a “senior crypto architect” to work on a CBDC project, which he likened to “building the financial equivalent of the Death Star.”
  • Despite the controversy, the Federal Reserve continues to research the technology for a potential digital dollar, and the debate over CBDCs is expected to intensify as more countries explore their implementation.

In a recent development, U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson has taken a firm stance against central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), urging Congress to not only ban them but also criminalize any efforts to design, build, develop, test, or establish such a currency. 

Davidson’s concerns stem from a San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank job posting seeking a “senior crypto architect” to work on a CBDC project. However, he believes that CBDCs could transform money into a tool for coercion and control. The Republican Representative’s call to action comes amid a growing global interest in CBDCs, with several countries exploring their potential benefits and drawbacks

He argues that the Federal Reserve, the U.S. central bank, is constructing a financial equivalent of a “Death Star” with its interest in CBDCs. The Congressman’s comments were made in response to a job posting by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco seeking a senior crypto architect to work on a CBDC project.

The controversy surrounding CBDCs

The concept of a digital version of the U.S. dollar has stirred controversy in the country. While some see it as a natural evolution in the digital age, others, like Davidson, view it as a potential threat to financial freedom and privacy. Davidson contends that money should be a stable store of value and not be programmable by a central authority. Also, he advocates for sound money that facilitates permission-less peer-to-peer transactions.

The Federal Reserve has been actively researching the technology for a potential digital dollar but has not decided whether to issue one. The possibility of a digital version of the U.S. dollar is expected to be a key talking point in the upcoming presidential election.

Davidson is not alone in his concern over a potential Fed-controlled digital dollar. U.S. presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has also expressed his opposition to CBDCs, stating that he would “nix any central bank digital currency” if he became president.

Conclusion

The debate over CBDCs is far from over. As more countries explore the possibility of issuing their own digital currencies, the U.S. will need to decide where it stands on the issue. For now, voices like Davidson’s are adding to the complexity of the conversation, highlighting the potential risks and challenges that CBDCs could pose to financial freedom and privacy. As the discourse continues, the future of CBDCs in the U.S. remains uncertain.

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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