Izabella Kaminska of the Financial Times (FT) has served as chief editor of the organization’s online Alphaville division since 2008. Although she has written on a wide variety of topics, her recent criticisms of cryptocurrency have attracted unprecedented attention…and not all of it has been good.
In particular, Izabella Kaminska has drew the ire of what she calls “blockheads” and many others refer to as “crypto bros.” It is a well-documented fact that the world of cryptocurrency investment is overwhelmingly male. Even Bloomberg News points out that many in the cryptocurrency game “do indeed fit the stereotype of anarchists trying to crush the world’s central banks by day while partying in strip clubs by night.”
Considering this culture of male privilege, the backlash against Izabella Kaminska may have been inevitable despite Ms. Kaminska’s assertions that it is “absurd.” She tweets, “My criticism of blockchain/crypto is being likened to ‘hate speech’ by those with a vested interest in propagating unchallenged claims about both the technology and the asset class.”
My criticism of blockchain/crypto is being likened to “hate speech” by those with a vested interest in propagating unchallenged claims about both the technology and the asset class. This is absurd #pathetic #thoughtyouguysweremeanttobelibertarians #freespeech #whysosensitive?— Izabella Kaminska (@izakaminska) October 6, 2018
But is the backlash against Kaminska warranted? Many have pointed out that her opinions about Bitcoin and other blockchain currencies have been ill informed for quite some time. Take the Bitcoin Supremacist, for example, who tweets:
She has been trashing Bitcoin since it was less than $100. She's totally discredited. And she's been bitter about being wrong for a long time, and too stubborn to admit she was wrong. Sad.— Bitcoin Supremacist (@rbtkhn) October 2, 2018
Some of Kaminska’s harsh anti-crypto rhetoric seems to back up these claims. In her work for FT Alphaville, she has quoted industry experts who call Bitcoin a “fraud” and liked Bitcoin business culture to a “cult.”
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