- Ray Dalio, billionaire investor and founder of Bridgewater Associates, suggested that Bitcoin is likely to be banned in the future.
- In India, the government has already considered banning Bitcoin.
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Billionaire investor and Bridgewater Associates hedge fund founder Ray Dalio said that government bans on are a "good probability" in the future.
“Every country treasures its monopoly on controlling the supply and demand. They don’t want other monies to be operating or competing, because things can get out of control,” Dalio told Yahoo Finance’s editor-in-chief Andy Serwer.
“They outlawed gold, that’s why also outlawing Bitcoin is a good probability,” Dalio added.
Dalio has said this before—multiple times.
In November 2020, also in a Yahoo Finance interview, he predicted that governments will "use whatever teeth they have to enforce that, they’ll say you can’t transact a Bitcoin, you can’t have it. Then you’d have to be like, is it a felony, am I gonna be a felon? They outlawed gold."
Despite all that, Dalio wrote in a Bridgewater blog post in January of this year that Bitcoin is "one hell of an invention" and acknowledged it is "rapidly gaining popularity as both a type of money and a storehold of wealth."
Investment vs. currency
Debate continues as to whether Bitcoin is a store of value (i.e. digital gold) or an everyday currency. Earlier this month, Citi released a report in which it predicted that Bitcoin could even become the currency of choice for international trade.
Regardless of where someone lands on Bitcoin’s current use case, almost every Bitcoin advocate believes it can provide a real peer-to-peer alternative to government-controlled fiat currencies.
Obviously, the world’s governments wouldn’t welcome a direct competitor to their national currencies; hence why Dalio believes it's likely that Bitcoin will be banned. But is it even possible to ban Bitcoin?
Can Bitcoin be banned?
Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director, replied directly to Dalio with a tweet, simply stating that Bitcoin can't be banned.
Scaramucci's view echoes that of many Bitcoin advocates, who argue that the flagship cryptocurrency cannot be banned. To date, Bitcoin has also not suffered a fatal hack or attack that would undermine its operational integrity.
But according to Dalio, it is hard to imagine a world where Bitcoin survives a concerted effort on behalf of powerful governments to ban the cryptocurrency. And in India, where the government has become embroiled in a controversial debate about banning Bitcoin, those efforts may already be in play.
“India today is making moves to outlaw possession of [Bitcoin],” Dalio said, adding “My understanding from people who are in government surveillance and so on is that they can track it and they can know who is dealing with it.”