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New Zealand Central Bank Governor’s Candid Remark Sparks Debate

source-logo  coinnounce.com 14 February 2024 02:03, UTC

During a parliamentary committee meeting on February 12, New Zealand Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr made a candid remark about central banking that sparked debate within the cryptocurrency community.

A Candid Admission

In a moment of candor, Orr quipped, "It’s a great business to be in, central banking, where you print money and people believe it," drawing laughter from the attendees. This offhand remark shed light on the nature of modern central banking practices.

Bitcoiners React

Bitcoin enthusiasts seized on Orr’s comment, seeing it as validation of their long-held beliefs about the flaws of traditional monetary systems. They argue that central banks manipulate currency values, while Bitcoin operates independently of government control.

Echoes of Truth

One Bitcoin advocate on X commented, "He said the quiet part out loud," suggesting that Orr's statement revealed an uncomfortable truth about the nature of central banking.

Bitcoin’s Role

Bitcoin proponents advocate for the separation of money and state, viewing Bitcoin as a decentralized alternative that offers financial freedom. They believe Bitcoin's decentralized nature makes it immune to government manipulation.

Concerns Over CBDCs

While Orr expressed concerns about decentralized digital currencies like Bitcoin, he also voiced skepticism about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). He argued that CBDCs could further centralize money and limit individual freedoms.

New Zealand’s CBDC Exploration

Despite Orr's reservations about CBDCs, New Zealand has been exploring the possibility of implementing its own CBDC since September 2021. Orr's remarks underscore the ongoing debate surrounding the future of money and the role of central banks in a rapidly evolving financial landscape.

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They know it's a scam.
They know we know it's a scam.
They're laughing at us.
They think they hold all the cards.

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