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Former Coinbase CTO urges ‘get to Bitcoin’ before CBDC digital lockdown

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Former Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan warned people to “GET TO BITCOIN BEFORE DIGITAL LOCKDOWN.”

The comment came in a lengthy tweet about banking system weaknesses and the soon-to-be-released FedNow payment network.

Srinivasan described a hypothetical situation where individuals have “Bitcoin independence” or are confined to a CBDC system. He compared the latter to a digital financial ringfence, which he labeled the “Great Dollarwall” — a nod to China’s Great Firewall that restricts access to certain websites considered inappropriate by the governing Chinese Communist Party.

Fed is launching their CBDC in July.

You have about 90 days to exit.

After that, you’re trapped.”

Fed around and find out

Recent events — including the collapse and seizure of three American banks — have drawn attention to the fragility of the banking system. This unease was further amplified over the weekend as Credit Suisse revealed a “material weakness.”

During a recent live stream, Input Output CEO Charles Hoskinson summarized the current state of the banking system, stating that its failure is inevitable. Hoskinson pointed out the unsustainability of Ponzinomics, which involves creating money out of thin air and relying on monetary expansion to sustain the Ponzi scheme.

On March 15, the Fed said its FedNow payment network would launch in July. This network will offer settlement services, allowing participating organizations to make instant payments to one another.

It is worth noting that FedNow is not a CBDC system. Nonetheless, some individuals suggest it could be a complement or precursor to a CBDC, should such a thing become a reality.

Connecting the two issues, Srinivasan launched into a lengthy tirade, criticizing the U.S. government’s history of dishonesty. For those who remain skeptical of his assertions, Srinivasan challenged them to “fed around and find out.”

Bitcoin to the rescue?

CBDC critics voice concerns over the centralization of power and their potential to force behavioral compliance. Srinivasan echoed these concerns saying:

“Just imagine wage, price, and capital controls down to the individual level for those still trapped in the dollar system.

Under such a system, he warned it’s “game over” for personal sovereignty and those who oppose and call out political shenanigans. Addressing the argument that “something like this couldn’t happen in the West,” Srinivasan proceeded to reel off several examples of U.S….

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