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Bitcoin Not a Threat to Governments, Says Soros Fund Co-founder Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers, co-founder of Soros Fund Management and a renowned investor, dismisses the notion that Bitcoin (BTC) poses a threat to governments. In an interview with Kitco News on Jan. 31, Rogers emphasized that Bitcoin is primarily a trading vehicle and doesn’t present a challenge to governments in terms of replacing established currencies or legal tenders.

Contrary to the idea that Bitcoin could be a global legal tender, Rogers highlighted El Salvador’s adoption as a limited example and expressed skepticism about cryptocurrencies becoming widely accepted as money. He believes that governments would resist such competition, making it unlikely for cryptocurrencies to have a transformative global impact.

While acknowledging Bitcoin’s increasing acceptance, Rogers sees it more as a speculative asset than a currency. He anticipates widespread adoption of digital currencies, especially central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), by various governments globally. However, he voiced concerns about the potential surveillance associated with CBDCs, noting that governments would have detailed access to individuals’ financial activities.

These sentiments align with recent statements from former U.S. President Donald Trump, who pledged not to support CBDCs due to concerns about their impact on personal freedoms. Trump emphasized his commitment to safeguarding citizens’ rights, including the protection of innocent lives and free speech.

In the context of growing debates over CBDCs, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee approved the CBDC Anti-Surveillance State Act. Introduced by Majority Whip Tom Emmer, the bill aims to prevent the Federal Reserve from issuing a CBDC without explicit authorization from Congress. It also seeks to protect innovation and the development of any future digital cash, addressing concerns about privacy and surveillance associated with CBDCs.

As discussions around the role of CBDCs in the U.S. financial system continue, Rogers’ perspective reflects a broader conversation on the balance between digital currencies and individual privacy rights.

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