Rapper Akon Says Bitcoin Better Than ‘Military-Backed’ US Dollar
Marie Huillet's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 45%
Grammy award-winning music artist Akon has rebuffed Bitcoin naysayers who claim that the asset lacks intrinsic value. "Nothing backs the dollar. The U.S.
doesn't have natural resources that back the dollar. What they do have is the military." Akon - who has twelve Billboard Top Ten Hits to his name, including the popular single "Smack That" - spoke out during the interview in favor of decentralization and trustless blockchain-based mechanisms that underpin the value of cryptocurrencies. National fiat currencies have long ceased to be backed by physical commodities or natural resources, he noted, going on to argue that the United States dollar is ultimately sustained only by convention and military might.
The rapper's comments come as his cryptocurrency project for a pan-African digital currency to replace fiat currencies, dubbed Akoin, gathers pace. As Cointelegraph has previously reported, Akon had first revealed the initiative in the context of a Senegalese smart city project back in June 2018, arguing at the time that crypto can empower African citizens and bring security to the continent's currency system. Akon's fresh endorsement of cryptocurrency chimes with the perspective of American investor Morgan Creek Digital Assets co-founder Anthony Pompliano, who recently argued that Satoshi Nakamoto should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for inventing Bitcoin.
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