Roger Ver Says Bitcoin’s Scalability Problem Intentionally Created, Lightning Network Won’t Help Bitcoin

Omar Faridi
  • Bitcoin Cash advocate Roger Ver recently stated that Bitcoin’s scalability problem was created on purpose and that the Lightning Network is “a solution to a problem that did not exist.”
  • BitPico, a team of Bitcoin miners, developers, and “whales” will reportedly be launching stress tests on the Bitcoin Cash network and say that “Roger Ver will now cry”, presumably after seeing the poor results.

Bitcoin Cash advocate Roger Ver recently stated that “the Lightning Network was created as a solution to a problem that did not exist.” He also said that Bitcoin’s scalability problem was created on purpose. Ver’s comments came while speaking at the Anarchapulco annual conference in Acapulco, Mexico which attracts a large number of Voluntaryist thinkers and activists. He went on to accuse the Bitcoin community of creating Bitcoin’s scalability problems.

The CEO, who is often referred to as the Bitcoin Jesus, is well known for being a very strong supporter of Bitcoin Cash (BCH). While discussing the Lightning Network, Bitcoin’s layer-2 solution designed for faster micropayments, Ver commented that “Oh! we’re going to create the lightning network to solve the problems that we created in the first place on Bitcoin.” When asked by an Anarchapulco conference attendee regarding his experience testing Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, Ver said:

“Im a big Harry Brown fan and he talks about the government and he said that the government is like somebody that, breaks your legs and hands you a pair of crutches and says, ‘see if it wasn’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk and the same is true about the lightning network.”

Lightning Network “Too Little, Too Late”

The investor also noted that cryptocurrencies would help pave the way to true economic freedom. Ver thinks that digital currencies will be instrumental in creating a better world and that Bitcoin Cash (BCH) would lead the way. He continued to criticize Bitcoin by saying that Bitcoin (BTC) dominance had gone down considerably from 85% to around 35% in just a year.

Ver further noted that the Lightning Network is not suitable for mainstream adoption and referred to its development as “too little and too late.” However, he added that the Lightning Network would work much more effectively on the Bitcoin Cash network. He believes it will help Bitcoin Cash (BCH) transactions become more cost-effective and reliable.

While Ver has been a very aggressive promoter of Bitcoin Cash, there is very close-knit Bitcoin community that is fighting back against his misleading claims. Notably, BitPico, a team of Bitcoin miners, developers, and “whales” has recently started conducting stress tests on the Bitcoin Cash network. Through a number of tweets starting from June 22nd this month, the BitPico group revealed that they had tested the Lightning Network’s mainnet for rigidity by launching a “coordinated attack.” Now reportedly, they will be putting the BCH network to the test via a 51% attack. The BitPico group stated:

“The [Bitcoin Cash] attack has been started; it will continue to run as we work to amplify it over the coming months. We expect to have 5000 Bcash attack nodes in roughly 6 weeks and then we will multi-fork the chain. [Roger Ver] will now cry."


Binance CEO Says ‘Everyone Will Be in Crypto’, Calls It ‘Inevitable’

On Wednesday (March 20th), Changpeng Zhao (aka "CZ"), the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, sent out a tweet that suggested he disagreed with JP Morgan executive Ron Karpovich that banks would always be needed for moving funds.

Here is the background to CZ's tweet. You see, earlier that day, Ron Karpovich, Global Head of eCommerce Solutions at JPMorgan Chase, had been asked during an interview (on "Squawk Box", CNBC's morning news and talk program) about competition from "disruptors" in the FinTech space, and had replied:

"Well, ultimately behind the scenes, they are going to have to use a bank to move funds. There’s more partnership instead of competition in that space."

And later in the interview, Karpovich had said:

"I think ultimately you will find that the technology behind the scenes will be blockchain. I don't know that you'll notice anything as a consumer in that space. I think you'll still continue to use your payment type that you prefer, be that a wallet, be that a card, be that your bank account, but behind-the-scenes, the instantaneous nature of using a blockchain or using that type of technology will make your payment faster or cheaper in that space."

Now that we have the context, let's take a look at CZ's tweet:

Let's break this down:

"Many (not so small) businesses already don't use banks, and they work just fine"

One of the biggest expenses for businesses is employee salaries, and banks have traditionally been used for making these salary payments. But will it always be this way? At least, in the crypto space, there are an increasing number of companies that pay salaries in crypto.

In fact, back in August 2018, at an event organized by the Liechtenstein Cryptoassets Exchange (LCX), Michael Arrington, the founder of Techcrunch and a partner at digital asset management firm Arrington XRP Capital, apparently was told by the Binance CEO that last year 90% of Binance employees received their salaries in Binance Coin (BNB).

Also, yesterday, Jack Dorsey, the CEO of both Twitter and Square, tweeted:

Shortly thereafter, CZ sent out a tweet which said that Binance is happy to pay salaries in both BTC and BNB:

When one lawyer replied to this tweet to ask if Binance was hiring attorneys/lawyers, CZ replied: 

"JPM just don't get it, yet. (also a reason they are not a threat to #XRP)"

The question is what is it that JP Morgan doesn't get. America's largest bank, like most other banks, has long been a believer in the mantra "Blockchain Not Bitcoin", and its Chairman and CEO, Jamie Dimon, has expressed his distaste for crypto on several occasions over the past few years.

However, JP Morgan did announce on February 14th its reluctant entry into the cryptocurrency space with JPM Coin, a stablecoin that will initially be used only for instant settlement of payments by its large institutional clients.

It seems that what CZ means is that until JP Morgan wholeheartedly starts believing in cryptocurrency, it will not be providing much competition for Ripple and its cross-border payments solution xRapid (which uses the digital asset XRP).

"Everyone will be in crypto. JPM will ultimately have to use #crypto."

Although widespead adoption of crypto has not happened yet—partly due to price volatility, partly due to the need for improvements to the underlying technologies (such as more efficient blockchains that can handle Visa or Mastercard scale transaction throughput), and partly due to regulatory obstacles— it does look like cryptocurrency adoption is growing day by day.

Here are a few signs:

  • Some of the world's largest retailers, such as Switzerland's largest online retailer, are beginning to accept crypto payments.
  • There are already quite a few stablecoins and many more are coming. According to the Winklevoss Twins, the price stability of stablecoins makes them much more suitable for payment for goods/services than other types of cryptocurrencies.
  • Facebook is reportedly launching its own cryptocurrency later this year, and if this project is successful, this move is likely to be followed by competitors from other tech giants such as Apple or Google.
  • Samsung supports through dedicated hardware and a partnership with blockchain startup Enjin the safe storage of private keys on its latest phone, the Galaxy S10.

And earlier today, CZ sent out this follow-up tweet to point out that he believes that crypto will eventually become the dominant form of payment and that resistance to this idea is futile:


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