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** FedNow: Instantaneous Transactions with a Price**

Contemporary artists watch Fed Now phase out of US dollar
Contemporary artists watch the Fed Now phase-out of the US dollar

Tech savvy Contemporary artists and financial experts are keeping a close eye on the latest development in finance: the Federal Reserve’s launch of FedNow on July 20. FedNow, hailed as a revolutionary payment network, offers the promise of settling transactions almost instantaneously, a stark departure from the days of waiting for days on end for payments to clear. It’s a tempting prospect, but there’s a catch, yet the mainstream has no clue as it promotes the latest pattern interruption of news agenda.

**The Hidden Catch: Centralization and Government Surveillance**

Contemporary artists watch Fed Now phase out of US dollar
Contemporary artists watch the Fed Now phase-out of the US dollar.

The secret lurking beneath the surface of FedNow is its centralization. While it may deliver the speedy transactions everyone craves, it does so at the cost of complete transparency. In other words, the government can track every single transaction that takes place on this network. It’s a chilling revelation with privacy advocates and those who value financial autonomy deeply concerned since it crosses the line of government control of its people.

**CBDCs: The Brave New World of Money**

Enter the world of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and see how it is touted as the next evolutionary step in money. CBDCs are digital versions of a country’s currency issued directly by the government. Think of it as a digital dollar, but instead of the anonymity and privacy that cash provides, you get government oversight of your financial wheelings and dealings all the time

**The Orwellian Nightmare of CBDC is now here**

Contemporary artists watch Fed Now phase out of US dollar
Contemporary artists watch the Fed Now phase-out of the US dollar.

The real danger that looms with CBDCs is the level of control they hand over to federal officials. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it could end financial privacy as we know it. To see a real-world example of what this could entail, look no further than Brazil’s CBDC.

Pedro Magalhaes, a blockchain developer, took it upon himself to reverse-engineer the code behind Brazil’s CBDC, which he discovered sent shivers down the spines of privacy advocates everywhere. The Brazilian government had embedded the power to freeze bank accounts and adjust their balances at will. A news media fact that is going unreported by the powers that be.

Imagine that the government can manually change the amount of money in your bank account. It’s a nightmarish scenario that should send a chill down the spine of anyone who values financial autonomy.

At first glance, the government may present this newfound power to control inflation or make housing more affordable. It could even be used to distribute free money to the populace. However, the outcome remains the same: less financial freedom for individuals and more control handed over to the government.

As Archetypal savvy contemporary artists and critical thinkers ponder the implications of CBDCs and the centralized nature of systems like FedNow, they can’t help but see the potential for an Orwellian future. The allure of instantaneous transactions should not close our eyes to the stark reality of how much control we may be handing over to governments.

*Remember Onto thine own self be true*

Contemporary artists watch Fed Now phase out of US dollar.
Contemporary artists watch the Fed Now phase-out of the US dollar.

The power to monitor, adjust, and freeze bank accounts at will is a tremendous responsibility that could easily be abused or lead to unintended consequences. It’s not just about financial convenience; it’s about the fundamental principles of privacy, autonomy, and trust in our economic systems. The shifting tides as they merge and morph old CeFi to Defi continue, with Financial giants like BlackRock securing an ETF to profit from Bitcoin on a traded platform.

In the end, as we eagerly await the future of money, it’s crucial to remain vigilant and informed. The convenience of digital currencies should not come at the cost of our freedoms. The world is changing rapidly, and our choices today will shape the financial landscape for future generations. It’s up to contemporary artists, thinkers, and individuals like you to question and challenge the systems that may infringe upon our liberties in the name of progress. After all, freedom should never be taken for granted, especially in matters as essential as our finances.

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