Thank Elizabeth Warren for the Bitcoin Price Surge

June 28, 2019

Not that long ago, economist Tyler Cowen told bitcoin to “put up or shut up.”

Following the cryptocurrency’s ridiculous ascent during the first half of the year, the George Mason University professor finds himself forced to begrudgingly admit that the nascent asset is “probably here to stay.”

And he says you can thank Elizabeth Warren for that.

How Elizabeth Warren Is Driving the Bitcoin Price Boom

The bitcoin price has roughly quadrupled since bottoming out in December 2018. | Source: TradingView

Writing in a Bloomberg Opinion column, Cowen lays out his best explanation for the bitcoin price’s triumphant – and breakneck – march to as high as $13,880 this week from a low of $3,122 in December 2018 (prices from Bitstamp).

He fingers most of the usual suspects. The US-China trade war. Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency. Geopolitical risks in the Middle East and elsewhere.

However, there’s one suspect in his lineup that sticks out: Elizabeth Warren.

Well, not just Elizabeth Warren. Really the entire Democratic party – or at least what you see of it on Twitter. And on the debate stage.

He writes:

“[T]he Democratic Party in the U.S. continues to shift to the left, including on the possibility of a wealth tax. As America’s fiscal deficits grow (due often to the Republicans, I might add), there will be a long-term need to restore fiscal sanity. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, for one, advocates a 2% wealth tax (over $50 million) toward this end.”

Many wealthy Americans won’t take kindly to that wealth tax. The easy solution? An uncensorable asset like bitcoin that ignores international borders.

Deficits Will Help Crypto Mature Into a Fiscal Hedge

George Mason economics professor Tyler Cowen says that cryptocurrency is “probably here to stay,” thanks in part to out of control deficits. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

It’s not surprising to see the libertarian-leaning Cowen take aim at progressive fiscal policies.

However, Tyler Cowen is nothing if not a straight shooter, and he notes that growing deficits – and the future tax hikes required to address hem – are bullish for bitcoin, no matter what one believes about the federal programs those deficits are bankrolling.

“No matter what you think of this idea, it likely would boost the demand for Bitcoin and other crypto assets, as cryptocurrencies are potentially a way to store assets out of reach of many tax authorities….. In essence, the new and higher price of Bitcoin is telling us that fiscal solvency will be hard to come by, and the wealthy will not give up their assets without a fight.”

So there you have it: A Warren presidency could represent bitcoin’s best-case scenario (Sorry, Andrew Yang).

And the most ironic part? Elizabeth Warren has been one of Capitol Hill’s most vociferous crypto critics.

Not counting Brad Sherman.

Last modified (UTC): June 28, 2019 16:58

Josiah Wilmoth @Y3llowb1ackbird

Josiah is the US Editor at CCN, where he focuses on financial markets. He has written over 2,000 articles since joining CCN in 2014. His work has also been featured on ZeroHedge, Yahoo Finance, and He lives in rural Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @y3llowb1ackbird or email him directly at josiah.wilmoth(at)