Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Believes Bitcoin Unlikely to Succeed


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Ben Bernanke, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, made his views against Bitcoin clear at a conference organized by Ripple in Toronto.

Undermining the Government not a Recipe For Success
Echoing the views of J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bernanke feels that the decentralized nature of Bitcoin, which puts it outside government control, will trigger its downfall. Speaking at Swell, a three day conference organized by Ripple in Toronto, Bernanke said:

“Bitcoin is an attempt to replace fiat currency and evade regulation and government intervention. I don’t think that’s going to be a success.”

He attributed the current run up in price of Bitcoin to its speculative nature and felt that Bitcoin hasn't proven itself as a transactional currency. In his opinion the government will eventually step in to prevent Bitcoin from rivalling fiat currency.

Blockchain, not Bitcoin
While dismissing the possibility of Bitcoin becoming a successful alternative to fiat currency, Bernanke was all praise for the Blockchain. As reported by Fortune, Bernanke said:

"The Fed, the Bank of England, and Japan are very supportive of these technologies because they’ll improve payment systems."

He praised Ripple for working with regulators and observed that a Blockchain-based system might have prevented hackers from robbing $80 mln from the Central Bank of Bangladesh.

Par for the course. We need to hear from independent parties, not people who have a vested interest in Bitcoin NOT succeeding. People like Bernanke are not going to tell us that their competition is going to succeed, which is exactly what Bitcoin is. They didn't get to the top by doing things like that.

So of course they are going to sing the praises of Blockchain. It furthers their goal.


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