Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong expresses concerns about how lawmakers in the United States are missing out on valuable opportunities in the crypto industry.
According to Armstrong, their hesitation stems from the aftermath of FTX’s collapse last year, which left them shell-shocked.
Armstrong highlights a decline in the United States’ ranking in “economic freedom” over time, citing an annual report published by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington D.C. He firmly believes that cryptocurrency is the most suitable technology for fostering economic freedom worldwide.
He argues, “The US is squandering its early lead, partly due to the embarrassment caused by Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), leading politicians and regulators to adopt a tough stance on crypto. However, most other countries have moved on from FTX, with little to no discussion about it in the UK, UAE, and elsewhere. The key to resolving this issue is to implement sensible regulations that protect consumers, thereby preventing similar incidents from occurring.”
Prior to the downfall of his crypto empire, Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced CEO of FTX, was known for his substantial political contributions. Reports indicate that he donated approximately $40 million during the last election cycle. In December, The Verge published an article revealing that three Democratic Party campaign groups, which had received funding from Bankman-Fried, were reportedly planning to return over $1 million worth of political contributions.
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