Crypto Power Players John McAfee and Roger Ver Bitcoin Interview: Quality Watch
John McAfee Sits Down for Interview with Roger Ver for Bitcoin.com
Anyone who follows John McAfee saw a recent tweet from him about a new interview. The interview required him to sit down with Roger Ver, who isn’t a very well-liked person in the cryptocurrency industry. Before watchers see the video, McAfee encouraged them to have an open mind, preceding a link of the video by saying,
“Roger Ver interviews me on the Blockchain cruise. I know that many do not exactly love Roger, but he is my good friend. I am loyal to friends. If you want to keep accessing my page, please be respectful in your comments.”
Ver and McAfee go back, which Ver points out before the interview even commences, noting that they’ve known each other for “a few years.” He calls their purpose for being involved with cryptocurrency “similar,” asking McAfee to elaborate.
McAfee has no problem jumping into this topic, since his reason is so simple and relatable.
“I’m interested in one thing, and that is personal freedom.”
In his 72 years of age, he’s learned a lot about financial endeavors and technological advancements. In fact, he challenges the question by pointing out the significant difference that the world would have if blockchain had always been around.
“History is… the story written by the conquerors.”
Blockchain has a certain level of transparency and reliability that ensures no fraud can be committed on it. Every transaction, from its origination to its end, is recorded. McAfee quickly criticizes HitBTC as a “criminal organization,” saying the limited information from them shows their dishonesty. However, in the situation where consumers endure theft from a blockchain, there’s a trail to where it went, leading the market to abandon them. There’s a certain level of imposes responsibility from the angry market when something like that happens, which McAfee appreciates.
However, as regulatory measures are introduced, McAfee believes that they aren’t around to support users or investors, but they can benefit the accused. He noted,
“Regulations do not protect. They are designed to control. See the truth of this.”
Ver added to that sentiment, saying, “If anything, they protect the incumbents from competition in the market,” which McAfee enthusiastically agreed with. Ver continued on the thought, saying that it creates a “moral hazard” in the market, leading investors to be too trusting that platforms have their best interest at heart.
The conversation turned more reflective on life, talking about the “idyllic dream” of having a world that is filled with love and safety. However, McAfee said that there is a “reality” to accept, that life just isn’t safe, and investors shouldn’t fool themselves into thinking that regulations or rules in the industry somehow make them more protected from a loss or being misled. Still, despite that, he took the moment to also discuss his relationship with his wife in the room, being something that he still doesn’t take for granted.
The conversation came back to blockchain, discussing how the revolutionary technology provides a level of truth that no industry has been able to attain before now. Conflicts between news stations and even individuals made it impossible to see what is true, and now that conflict can end as blockchain is adopted through each industry. “There is no question of what to believe,” McAfee commented. There is certain “power” in being able to see through any lies with clear and concise truth.
McAfee can seem to emphasize enough the need to have truth in the industry. He said,
“Through the school of hard knocks, I learned the most important thing in life – Nobody is on your side. Nobody, unless your side benefits their side. Meaning what? Who do you trust? Nobody, except you. You trust your experience, your intelligence, your grasp of the reality around you, and that way you don’t need to trust people.”
He elaborates on the relationship between himself and Ver, saying the similar mentality that Ver has is the reason that he keeps their friendship. Touching on the same topic as his Twitter post regarding this video, he talked about why he likes Ver, commenting,
“Why? Not just because you’re a friend, and because I believe in what you’re doing, and I believe in what you’re saying.”