Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, recently shared his views on cryptocurrency, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), and artificial intelligence (AI) in an interview with The New York Post. Known for his controversial stance and divergence from mainstream narratives, Kennedy expressed support for Bitcoin while criticizing CBDCs.
When asked about his “crypto policy” if elected, Kennedy emphasized the importance of policies that uphold Bitcoin and individual freedom in transactions, allowing people to manage their own Bitcoin wallets, nodes, and passwords. He expressed his intent to impose minimal controls necessary to prevent money laundering.
Kennedy made headlines earlier this year during his keynote speech at the Bitcoin 2023 conference in Miami. On that occasion, he criticized President Biden’s proposed 30% crypto tax and voiced his opposition to CBDCs. In his recent interview, Kennedy reiterated his stance, calling CBDCs “instruments of control and oppression” that are prone to abuse. This aligns with his earlier claim of a “war on crypto.”
Addressing the issue of artificial intelligence, Kennedy argued for global regulation of AI. He cited concerns raised by tech leaders like Elon Musk, whom he commended for supporting free speech. Kennedy warned about the potential dangers of AI, including its ability to manipulate narratives, create illusions, monitor activities to influence behavior, and ultimately subjugate humanity.
Despite his strong opinions, Kennedy faces a significant gap in the Democratic Party presidential primary, trailing behind President Biden by approximately 58 percentage points, according to opinion poll website FiveThirtyEight.