WSJ: Central Bank Digital Currencies Are Coming, Ready Or Not

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Technocracy News: This is a must-read article to understand one point: CBDCs will allow citizens to bypass commercial banks in order to hold digital currency accounts directly with the Federal Reserve. This is profound because it risks driving all peripheral banks, S&Ls and credit unions out of business; it also takes Constitutional authority away from the Senate to regulate currency and coinage. Few are talking about this, but the WSJ has just put it in your face! ⁃ TN Editor

The game-changing development could have a profound impact on the banking system. But few people still understand it.

“Central-bank digital currency” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. But you might want to get used to saying it. These so-called CBDCs, or digital versions of dollars, yuan, euros, yen or any other currency, are coming, say those who study them. And depending on how they are designed and rolled out, their impact on the banking system could be profound.

One hundred and fourteen countries are exploring digital currencies, and their collective economies represent more than 95% of the world’s GDP, according to the Atlantic Council’s Central Bank Digital Currency tracker. Some countries, including China, India, Nigeria and the Bahamas, have already rolled out digital currencies. Others, like Sweden and Japan, are preparing for possible rollouts. The U.S. is studying the issue and has run trials of various technologies to enable a digital currency, although Fed chair Jerome Powell has indicated the U.S. central bank has no plans to create one, and won’t do so without direction from Congress.

Debates about the necessity, utility and potential pros and cons of digital currencies are often confusing, and confused, in part because every country rolling out a digital currency is doing it in its own way.

Generally, however, CBDCs can be roughly divided into two types: those designed for use by financial institutions and those designed for use by the general public.

Old vs. New

The first type is just a new way for central banks to transfer money to commercial banks …

The second type of CBDC is a digital version of fiat money made available to the general public through accounts held by a central bank or a commercial bank …

This type of CBDC represents a departure from the way money is created and distributed today, in that everyday people would now have accounts, or “wallets” that contain money created by their country’s central bank itself, instead of by their commercial bank. It represents a profound shift for central banks, from their traditional role as providers of money to a country’s banking and financial system, to connecting directly with everyday people.

China’s digital yuan is one such currency, and it can be used by everyday Chinese people through existing, and very popular, digital payment services like Alipay and WeChat Pay. India’s digital rupee is an equally bold experiment in allowing the country’s citizens to transact with a digital version of their currency in a way that could bypass traditional banks. Read full story here…

Opinion: Extra! Extra! Read all about it …

Central Bankers Will See And Record Every Financial Transaction You Make 

CBDCs have moved from conspiracy theory websites to mainstream sites to the Wall Street Journal and they are still one of the least talked about attacks on our freedom and privacy.

Why is that?

Could be like a car wreck that is too scary to look at? Or could it be that most people have still never heard of it? Or could it be that it is just too complicated?

How utterly easy for unelected bankers to have a profile on every one of us.

  • Make a church donation – recorded
  • Make a political donation – recorded
  • Make a website donation – recorded

But my friends, borrowing from an old Chicago song from 1970 “It’s only the beginning”, in the hands of Antichrist, digital money can be used as a weapon, a social credit score to punish or reward behavior.

It is programmable.

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has he mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16-17

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