Pieter Hasekamp, Director of the Netherlands Bureau for Financial Evaluation underneath the Ministry of Financial Affairs and Local weather, published an essay titled “The Netherlands ought to ban bitcoin.”
Consistent with the title of the essay, Hasekamp lists a broad checklist of the reason why the Dutch authorities ought to implement a direct complete ban on mining, buying and selling and holding Bitcoin. In response to the official, this might trigger the value to plummet as a result of Bitcoin “has no intrinsic worth and is just priceless as a result of others might settle for it.”
The exec cited a standard anti-crypto narrative, arguing that each cryptocurrency is incapable of assembly any of the three functions of money as a unit of account, technique of cost and retailer of worth. He additionally cited different widespread anti-Bitcoin arguments reminiscent of safety considerations, fraud dangers and scams, arguing that the crypto is a useful gizmo for felony actors.
Hasekamp mentioned the Netherlands is lagging behind nations which have transitioned lately to “curb the crypto hype”. “Dutch regulators have tried to tighten the supervision of buying and selling platforms, however with out a lot success. The Central Planning Bureau pointed to the dangers of crypto buying and selling in 2018, however concluded that stricter regulation was not but mandatory,” the official writes.
In his essay, Hasekamp paid particular consideration to Gresham’s legislation, a financial precept that states that overvalued forex, or “dangerous cash,” tends to drive legally undervalued forex, or “good cash,” out of circulation. Hasekamp referred to as Bitcoin “dangerous cash”, arguing that Gresham’s legislation may work the alternative manner with Bitcoin:
“Cryptocurrencies present all of the hallmarks of ‘dangerous cash’: unclear origins, unsure valuation, shady enterprise practices […] Is Gresham’s Legislation Again? No, quite the opposite. Cryptocurrencies are usually not utilized in common cost transactions. […] Dangerous cash disappears from circulation as a result of no one desires to simply accept it anymore.”