- Elizabeth Warren said crypto is similar to the delusional claims of past financial scams.
- The senator believes FTX implosion shows the need for protective regulation.
- Ripple blockchain CTO, David Schwartz, agreed with the senator’s view.
Elizabeth Warren, a senator of the United States, recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) titled ‘Regulate Crypto, or It’ll Take Down the Economy.’ In the column, Warren argued crypto is no exception to the ‘dangerously delusional’ claims of the financial schemes that crumbled in the past 14 years.
The senator added that the implosion of FTX was a wake-up call for regulators to enforce preventive laws to protect Americans “before the next crypto catastrophe takes down the world economy.”
If the crypto industry can succeed without stealing from investors or providing money-laundering services to terrorists and drug dealers, that’s great—but we won’t know that until the loopholes are closed, and the laws are rigorously enforced.
While these opinions do not sit well with some crypto enthusiasts, the Ripple blockchain chief technology officer (CTO), David Schwartz, thinks the senator’s views “are not an awful position to work with.” Schwartz clarified that he believes so, given that Warren agreed that regulations need to change and that it was essential to get crypto regulation right.
In an earlier tweet, the Ripple CTO contended that unless preemptive tools deter asset managers from gambling with clients’ money, the fraud committed by the FTX exchange will happen again.
Schwartz further added:
If you hold billions of dollars of other people’s money for indefinite periods, the temptation to speculate with those funds is irresistible if there aren’t verifiable checks that make such risk-taking virtually impossible.
This year, retail and institutional web3 investors have lost over $60 billion to the collapse of significant projects such as Terra LUNA, FTX, Celsius, and Voyager.