“No F**king Way!” – Joe Rogan, Post Malone Slam US Government CBDC

“Podcaster and commentator Joe Rogan has blasted the idea of a United States central bank digital currency, describing a digital dollar as a “game over” scenario for American citizens. In an Aug. 8 episode of the widely-watched podcast Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan and rapper Post Malone turned to topics surrounding the U.S. financial system, pausing to focus on the potential abuses of power that could come with CBDCs in the United States.Joe Rogan’s podcast typically amasses more than 11 million listeners per episode. Meanwhile, Post Malone boasts a combined 31 million followers across X and Instagram. It comes as discussions around CBDCs have started to make their way into U.S. presidential campaigns. Rogan didn’t mince words when asked for his thoughts on a CBDC:

“No fucking way. No way. That’s what I think. I think that’s checkmate. That’s game over.”

Rogan spelled out a scenario where a tyrannical government could tie the flow of a CBDC to one’s social credit score, saying that citizens could easily be cut off from their finances for breaking the rules.“If they decide somehow or another that you need some social credit score system and it’s for the benefit of society, and they outline that, they can track your behavior and your tweets and all your things […] They just decided you fucked up, and the rules are the rules,” he said.”


Published by markskidmore

Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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