3 Lessons From The Oslo Freedom Forum: Oppression & CBDCs – Booth, Song, Mezinskis

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It’s time to talk monetary oppression at The Oslo Freedom Forum. Bitcoin heavyweights Jeff Booth and Jimmy Song make an appearance and, surprisingly, don’t even mention the asset. Bitcoin is ever present in spirit, though. Because it fixes all of the situations they’re mentioning. The other big topic of today’s selection is CBDCs. Are they ready for prime time? The answer might surprise you. 

As a reminder, this is our seventh article in this series. If you like what you read, check out the others: one, two, three, four, five, six

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Oslo Freedom Forum: Jeff Booth On Money Printing

The author of “The Price of Tomorrow,” Jeff Booth, tells the Oslo Freedom Forum about the evils of the hidden tax we call inflation. People don’t realize how much they’re giving away, and this is by design. If they realized how much of their time gets stolen, there would be chaos in the streets. 

“When you’re talking about inflation rates and everything else, just realize this if there is not printing, what would happen to the market? And you realize, every single economic decision, every one, is who gets to print and how much? Who gets to steal how much of your labor? And if you had a system that looked like that, whether it was automated into a central bank digital currency or not, what would it look like? Because you’re giving power to supervise, to keep prices going up. While labor is being removed from the market. It makes no sense.”

His conclusion is that “It makes no sense,” and that’s true for every one of us. For the people in charge, on the other hand, it makes all the sense in the world. This is how they control us.

Oslo Freedom Forum: Jimmy Song On Monetary Oppression

Author, podcaster and bitcoin developer Jimmy Song takes the baton from Both and runs with it. He explains to the Oslo Freedom Forum how and why the so-called First World countries control the rest of the planet through money.  

“So when we’re talking about this system of people at the top being able to extract resources from people at the bottom, it’s at an international scale. There’s a reason why all of these poor countries stay poor. A large part of it is monetary oppression at an international scale. Organizations like the IMF, the World Bank, and even like The Bealt & Road Initiative with China. These are all systems of oppression. This is how you extract resources, how bigger countries extract resources from smaller countries. And that’s been happening. And that’s a part of this current financial system. So when we’re asking this question of is this current system sustainable? It’s really not.”

Bitcoiners are very suspicious of those organizations, but the general population is unaware of their dirty tactics. So much so, that they defend and celebrate the very same institutions that are keeping them poor. 

Oslo Freedom Forum: Matthew Mezinskis On CBDCs

The Founder of Porkopolis Economics, Matthew Mezinskis explains the conflict of interests that CBDCs present to the Oslo Freedom Forum. While they might be good and convenient for Central Banks, CBDCs would kill the banking system as we know it. 

“Every central bank knows this and every research paper on CBDCs says this. If we start to have the banking system thing that “Oh, this is cool to have this CBDCs.” This works better than cash, this works better than my credit card, works better than PayPal or whatever. And we start to drain the banking system of deposits and people don’t hold deposits but they start holding CBDCs with the central bank. That’s actually horrible for the banking systems profitability, and central banks are definitely socialists and they like bailouts, but they are not communist like they like money.” 

However, according to Mezinskis, banks and governments are working together to iron out the details of this new technology. If they want total control, and they do, there are some things they’ll have to figure out.

“They like to be there to protect the bankers. So they know that if you drain deposits from the banks, and it only goes into a central bank’s CBDC currency, it can’t get loaned upon, it can’t get lent out. Then that’s a problem for the banking system. So they’re trying to figure that out right now. The common solution is that there will be limits, maybe $1000 equivalent for every CBDC account. They’re trying to figure these things out.”

What is the only country in the world that could currently implement CBDCs? You guessed it… 

“It’s going to be clunky. In my opinion, it’s going to take years and years and years. The only country right now that has the ability to maybe leapfrog against some of these problems is a communist country like China, which is huge, it’s a juggernaut. And they’re already planning it. So that’s a big danger, so that’s the landscape of what’s happening right now, with CBDCs.”

And that’s it for this edition of The Oslo Freedom Forum minute. Join Bitcoinist next time for the eighth and final issue.

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