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Bitcoin Maximalists Will Be on Wrong Side of History, According to Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 06:26
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Alex Dovbnya
Ethereum and Cardano bosses take Blockstream CEO Adam Back to task after he compared their brainchildren to Bernie Madoff
Bitcoin Maximalists Will Be on Wrong Side of History, According to Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin
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Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has taken a swipe at Blockstream CEO Adam Back after he compared his brainchild to some of the best-known Ponzi schemes and con actors.

Buterin warns that “the tides of history” will not be kind to Back and other Bitcoin maximalists.

“The tides of history will not be favorable to maximalism.”

“Tired old propaganda”

The Russian-Canadian programming prodigy claims that the “tired old propaganda” that is being spread by maximalists is “becoming less and less effective.”

Buterin pointed to Ethereum’s progress, claiming that proof-of-stake and sharding are rising. Medalla, the final Ethereum 2.0 testnet, was launched with 20,000 validators earlier this week.       

In a series of caustic tweets, Back compared Ethereum, Cardano, and Ripple to infamous Italian con artist Charles Ponzi who ended becoming the namesake of every fraudulent scheme that pays profits to earlier investors by luring in fresh money.

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Back also mentioned OneCoin, the biggest crypto-related Ponzi spearheaded by disappearing, exit scam BitConnect, and even Bernie Madoff, the former NASDAQ chairman who pulled off the biggest financial fraud to date.

These comparisons didn’t sit well with IOHK CEO and Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson either. He slammed this attempt to bash his project as “sad and pathetic.”  

“Cardano, Charles Ponzi, Madoff on Adam's list together. Damn Adam, that's sad and pathetic.”

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Taking a stand against Bitcoin maximalist 

Bitcoin maximalism stems from the idea that it is damaging for the cryptocurrency space to launch an alternative cryptocurrency that will be competing with the king. In his 2014 blog post, Buterin described its adverse effects

RT host Max Keiser believes that altcoins are only meant to take your Bitcoin away.   

The Bitcoin crowd believes that Buterin coined the disparaging term to marginalize their community. 

Hoskinson, on the other hand, who was also one of Ethereum co-founders, went as far as calling maximalist “a mental disease.”

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at