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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Lays Out 6-Point Bitcoin Platform




Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. Senator and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, has laid out a 6-point platform for Bitcoin at the Bitcoin23 conference in Miami Beach.

Kennedy, who is a lawyer and environmental activist, has been a vocal supporter of Bitcoin for several years. In his speech at Bitcoin23, he called Bitcoin a "transformational technology" that has the potential to "free people from the control of central banks and governments."

Kennedy's 6-point platform includes the following:

  1. Guarantee the right to own Bitcoin.

  2. Guarantee the right to run a node.

  3. Ensure the right to use electricity as you choose.

  4. Ensure the US remains the global hub of Bitcoin.

  5. Recognize that Bitcoin is not a security but a class of its own.

  6. Consider pardoning Ross Ulbricht and others unjustly prosecuted in an attempt to attack Bitcoin.

Kennedy's platform has been met with mixed reactions. Some have praised him for his support of Bitcoin, while others have criticized him for his political views.

Only time will tell whether Kennedy's platform will have any impact on Bitcoin policy in the United States. However, his speech at Bitcoin23 has certainly helped to raise awareness of the issue.

Here is a more detailed look at each of Kennedy's 6 points:

1. Guarantee the right to own Bitcoin.

Kennedy believes that Bitcoin should be treated as a property right, just like any other asset. He argues that the government should not be able to prevent people from owning Bitcoin or from using it to buy and sell goods and services.

2. Guarantee the right to run a node.

A node is a computer that is connected to the Bitcoin network and helps to verify transactions. Kennedy believes that everyone should have the right to run a node, regardless of their location or political views. He argues that this will help to ensure the security and decentralization of the Bitcoin network.

3. Ensure the right to use electricity as you choose.

Kennedy believes that people should be able to use electricity as they choose, including for mining Bitcoin. He argues that the government should not be able to regulate or tax the use of electricity for Bitcoin mining.

4. Ensure the US remains the global hub of Bitcoin.

Kennedy believes that the United States should be a leader in the adoption of Bitcoin. He argues that the government should create a favorable regulatory environment for Bitcoin businesses and investors.

5. Recognize that Bitcoin is not a security but a class of its own.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has classified Bitcoin as a security in the past. This has made it difficult for Bitcoin companies to raise money and operate in the United States. Kennedy believes that Bitcoin is not a security, but rather a new asset class that should be regulated differently.

6. Consider pardoning Ross Ulbricht and others unjustly prosecuted in an attempt to attack Bitcoin.

Ross Ulbricht is the founder of Silk Road, a darknet marketplace that was shut down by the FBI in 2013. Ulbricht was convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Kennedy believes that Ulbricht was unjustly prosecuted and that his conviction should be overturned.

Kennedy's 6-point platform is a bold and ambitious vision for the future of Bitcoin. It remains to be seen whether his platform will be adopted by policymakers, but his speech at Bitcoin23 has certainly helped to raise awareness of the issue.

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