Returning to crypto is a 'wholehearted no' for Dogecoin founder
(Kitco News) - In a ten-deep Twitter thread posted Wednesday, Dogecoin founder Jackson Palmer blasted the cryptocurrency market as "inherently right-wing, hyper-capitalistic" with a driving force built on tax avoidance and diminished regulatory oversight.
Palmer created Dogecoin in 2013. Doge refers to the popular and meme-able Shiba Inu dog. Earlier this year, Elon Musk latched onto the currency, asking his Twitter followers if Tesla should accept payment in Dogecoin. The coin traded up 700% in May.
Do you want Tesla to accept Doge?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2021
Palmer said nothing is new; rather, cryptocurrency has adopted the worst aspects of the old financial system.
"Despite claims of 'decentralization,' the cryptocurrency industry is controlled by a powerful cartel of wealthy figures who, with time, have evolved to incorporate many of the same institutions tied to the existing centralized financial system they supposedly set out to replace," writes Palmer.
"The cryptocurrency industry leverages a network of shady business connections, bought influencers and pay-for-play media outlets to perpetuate a cult-like "get rich quick" funnel designed to extract new money from the financially desperate and naive."
Palmer is mostly concerned about crypto's lack of guard rails.
"Lose your savings account password? Your fault. Fall victim to a scam? Your fault. Billionaires manipulating markets? They're geniuses. This is the type of dangerous "free for all" capitalism cryptocurrency was unfortunately architected to facilitate since its inception," writes Palmer.
Today Dogecoin is down 7.68% to 18.4 cents as of 1 p.m. ET.
I am often asked if I will “return to cryptocurrency” or begin regularly sharing my thoughts on the topic again. My answer is a wholehearted “no”, but to avoid repeating myself I figure it might be worthwhile briefly explaining why here…— Jackson Palmer (@ummjackson) July 14, 2021