The digital assets industry has a significant responsibility to right the ship following FTX’s collapse, but Washington, D.C., has a responsibility as well. For digital asset innovation to benefit the economy and regular Americans, it must be taken off the table in the partisan food fight. Those on the right who see cryptocurrency as a means to starve the government beast and those on the left eager to smear genuine financial innovation as a mere Ponzi scheme have forestalled desperately needed bipartisan compromise. Digital assets aren’t going away. They can’t be banned practically. Policymakers should recognize the undercurrents of digitization and tokenization in the economy instead of wishing digital assets would just go away.
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