15:08Bitcoin is a Ponzi, everyone knows it: Author who predicted 2008 financial crisis
Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme and anyone who believes that it’s a hedge against inflation is deluded, Nassim Taleb, a famous author and statistician, has claimed.
Taleb is, however, not a fan of BTC. He told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin:
It has all the characteristics of an open Ponzi. Everybody knows it’s a Ponzi.
The author further criticized the narrative that Bitcoin is a hedge against inflation.
Basically, there’s no connection between inflation and Bitcoin, none. You can have hyper-inflation and Bitcoin goes to zero. There’s no link between them. It’s a beautifully set up cryptographic system, it’s well made, but there’s absolutely no reason it should be linked to anything economic.
“Buy land, not Bitcoin, to hedge against inflation”
Taleb refuted this narrative, saying that you’re better off buying land and growing crops.
If you want a hedge against inflation, buy a piece of land, grow—I don’t know—olives on it. You’ll have olive oil if the price collapses. With Bitcoin, there’s no connection.
The safe-haven narrative is a gimmick by Bitcoin hodlers, Taleb went on. “These gimmicks, of course—you have Bitcoin today, you may have another one tomorrow—they come and go, and there’s no systematic link between them and the claims they make.”
Taleb was once a Bitcoin advocate. However, earlier this year, he claimed he was dumping all his BTC. “I’ve been getting rid of my BTC. Why? A currency is never supposed to be more volatile than what you buy & sell with it.
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