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Can Governments Ban Bitcoin Effectively?

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Melwin Philip


  • Bitcoin is into limelight again as it broke the previous life time high and crossed $5000 mark convincingly, after the "China driven" meltdown.
  • Experts and charts suggest further upside potential for Bitcoin.
  • Ultimate resistance from Governments is yet to come.

Since China banned ICO's and closed down some of its crypto currency exchanges, the question of "Ultimate Ban of Bitcoin" is there in the mind of most of the crypto investors. Can governments or international government organizations implement their own centralized crypto currencies and ban the mining or ownership of open decentralized ones like Bitcoin and Litecoin? Answer to this question is crystal clear and straight forward. Yes, they can. But the unanswered part of the question is, how effectively they can destroy Bitcoin.

Let us discuss about the methods possible for any government or international government organizations to act against Bitcoin. Below are the four possibilities I could imagine.

1. Direct Attack on Bitcoin by Laws

2. Direct Attack on Bitcoin Network

3. Virtual Attack on Bitcoin

4. Destabilize the Value of Bitcoin

1. Direct Attack on Bitcoin by Laws

This form of attack is the most feasible, time tested way to attack Bitcoin. Laws can be made by governments to either support Bitcoin or to destroy Bitcoin's acceptance. Democratic governments like Australia, Switzerland etc have regulated Bitcoin, which helped more mainstream adoption of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. But authoritarian governments like China have implemented laws to directly attack Bitcoin.

This is done by implementing anti money laundering laws to ban entities that allow Bitcoin to interface or exchange with the "real" (non-Bitcoin) world. We have seen from the price history that Bitcoin market is negating such events in long run as it anticipates much movements from authoritarian governments. But if a similar movement from USA or Australia, would damage the whole crypto space.

So in nutshell, a rich, powerful, hostile government could probably do quite a bit of damage to the Bitcoin economy, even if they cannot actually touch the technical foundation of the cryptocurrency - the blockchain.

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Value investor with 16 years of market experience. Certified research analyst. Investment approach includes valuation check and technical analysis. Focus on financial and tech companies. Blockchain enthusiast.

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