Central Bank Digital Currencies an Alarming Threat to our Individual Liberties

The push for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) and the corresponding 2022 amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) pose an alarming threat to our individual liberties. Advocates of these changes often cloak their arguments in the guise of innovation, financial inclusivity, and combating climate change. However, it is crucial to peel back the surface of these ostensible justifications and critically examine what these changes truly imply for the citizens and businesses of our great nation.

At the crux of the matter, CBDCs offer unprecedented power to the government, allowing the tracking of every single transaction made by every individual or institution using the currency. This would be an unparalleled invasion of privacy rights, a dangerous precedent in the hands of any administration, especially the current one.  Notably, the Biden administration has openly proposed that a U.S. CBDC should be leveraged to promote their chosen socio-political causes.

Indeed, the threat posed by CBDCs is not just a theoretical one. The current administration has been working relentlessly to study and develop a U.S. CBDC. The UCC amendments are instrumental in this scheme. While not creating a CBDC themselves, the amendments certainly lay the groundwork for a future CBDC by establishing legal provisions for its use and control.

A key provision in the UCC amendments would establish the definition of "electronic money" to cater specifically to a CBDC. This redefinition of money could exclude all existing cryptocurrencies from ever being considered as money under the UCC, unjustly favoring CBDCs and disrupting the existing balance in the digital currency market. This bias towards CBDCs seems premature and ill-advised, considering that we do not yet fully comprehend the implications of designating cryptocurrencies as "controllable electronic records."

If we truly value our freedoms and economic sovereignty, we must oppose any legislation or initiative that risks giving unwarranted control to central authorities. Let us champion policies that foster genuine financial innovation and freedom, instead of handing over our financial lives and privacy to the government on a digital platter.

We now turn to our state legislators in Alabama, We must follow the commendable example set by Florida. It's our responsibility to safeguard the freedoms and rights of our constituents. The threat that a programmable Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) presents is too great to ignore. A CBDC, with its embedded programmability and traceability, essentially hands over the privacy and financial freedom of all Alabamians to the Federal government.

In the wake of these developments, the Florida state legislature has taken a decisive stance against the adoption and widespread use of a CBDC. They have shown commendable foresight and commitment to protecting the financial autonomy and privacy rights of their citizens. This is a shining example of a state legislature that is awake to the realities of digital currencies and the dangers they could potentially harbor in the guise of financial innovation.

Therefore, it is crucial for the Alabama state legislature to adopt a similar stance against the use of a CBDC. The 2022 amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) are designed to pave the way for a future CBDC. While these amendments do not create a CBDC, they do establish the conditions necessary for the adoption and implementation of a CBDC.

Alabama's lawmakers need to uphold their responsibility towards their constituents and take a firm stance against these amendments and the looming threat of a CBDC. We need to ensure that our financial landscape continues to favor financial innovation, freedom, and the privacy rights of our citizens, rather than blindly falling in step with federal plans that might compromise these very principles. As Alabamians, we value our freedom and must resist any measures that threaten it. The time to act is now.