These Are The Reasons Why Bill Gates Is Wrong About Cryptocurrency

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It was widely reported yesterday that the planet’s second richest man, Bill Gates, is no lover of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The founder of Microsoft claimed that in their short existence digital currencies have already been a “fairly direct” cause of deaths.

Gates Slams Cryptocurrencies over Connections to Crime

During an “ask me anything” session on Reddit yesterday, Gates stated that cryptocurrency has been responsible for various evils. Amongst these the multi-billionaire alleges that Bitcoin and other digital coins have been the cause of many deaths:

“Right now cryptocurrencies are used for buying Fentanyl and other drugs so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way.”

He also cited money laundering, tax evasion and terrorist funding as reasons why he’s not in favour of the revolutionary payment methods. He went on to claim that it’s a good thing when governments are able to root out tax dodgers.

In Gates’ blanket damnation of cryptos, he neglects to acknowledge several things, however. Firstly, and most strikingly, is the fact that every crime he mentions is equally possible using paper money. As long as bank notes have existed, people have dealt drugs, laundered money, and avoided taxation using them. The fact that a crime is made possible because of a technology or tool does not make it inherently evil. Assuming so would be akin to affiliating Gates’ own company with terrorist organising and darkweb drug dealing just because some of those that have carried out such acts used a Windows operating system at some point during their crime. Obviously, such an accusation is absolutely ridiculous.

Next, it can be argued that the allegations about avoiding taxation and cryptocurrencies contributing to deaths are contradictory. After all, is it not because of the tax system that the US is able to fund the bombing of Syria in which over 10,000 civilians have been killed in this year alone?

Of course, taxation pays for positive things too, just like cryptocurrencies facilitate many societal goods. Gates overlooks near-instant cross-border payments, giving access to cheap and easy to use banking-style services to those in the third world who lack them, and the removal of leech-like middlemen from global financial institutions when he condemns cryptocurrency. Frankly, this refusal to acknowledge the good as well as the evil is incredibly narrowminded.

Finally, Gates completely overlooks the fact that people will find a way to take drugs irrespective of the payment method they use to buy them. People took drugs long before cryptocurrency was invented and would continue to do so if the powers that be were somehow able to stamp out the use of Bitcoin et al. entirely. Cryptocurrency may well have facilitated the sale of drugs on the darkweb but thanks to eBay-style rating systems on pages like now-defunct AlphaBay and others, sellers of bad quality, dangerous substances are unlikely to last long in the almost free online markets. Compare this to dealers pushing god knows what on street corners across the globe to anyone with enough paper dollars to buy from them.

Evidently, there is a problem when people wish to escape from reality in such a way that they’re willing to put potentially toxic substances into their bodies. However, chastising the method they used to pay for them does nothing whatsoever to tackle the issue. Societies like the Netherlands have proved that when given access to clean narcotics and safe places in which to use them, the numbers of those taking intoxicating substances (and subsequently dying from it) decline. It’s frankly absurd to blame cryptocurrencies for the myriad of issues that stem from years of prohibition and the demonisation of drug users.

  • Blaming Bitcoin is so easy when using a windows computer to access the website.

  • peter

    Bill has long since lost touch.

    • Cathy Clement

      Buy your bitcoins from LiviaCoins and you will not regret it.

  • Erik Turnbow

    When it comes to blockchain technology, Bill Gates is the weakest link.

    Windows 10 violates every law of robotics. I have to uninstall the network adapter and use a USB stick network adapter or else the computer will just do whatever it wants. If I want the computer to stop, it should stop. If I want the computer to start, it should start. Neither of these user commands should be ignored by a machine.

    The fact that Gates attempts to use legalese as a means of convincing PC buyers, that use windows OS, into believing the machines aren’t owned by the users, is typical of his M.O.

    Hey Bill, try to understand that when a consumer buys something, it’s theirs. It’s not your property on loan, it’s not an extension of your home computer network, and it’s not secure.

    Before buying a network adapter USB stick, I would leave the computer and when I came back, the whole system reminded me of when my nephew wanted to help paint the kitchen and used ketchup and mustard, and when I saw it, he yelled, “I helped!”

    I think its only fair that you inform the consumer, before they buy Windows10, that it acts more like a hijacker virus than an operating system. In terms of computers and robotics, the fact Windows10 violates all 3 laws of robotics, indicates that it is indeed a virus.

    While you’re being a scofflaw and neglecting to tell consumers your OS, like a little bratty child, does whatever it wants whenever it wants, perhaps you can change your logo to reflect a more honest image of Microsoft: Virus10 (with an icon of a cracked window) with the added slogan, “We didn’t even try!”

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