top of page

Crypto's Future: SEC's War on Altcoins and the Shadow of Centralized Control

By ShonSpeaks

The cryptocurrency market has been in a state of flux, grappling with various regulatory hurdles and government interventions. A recent revelation by Coinbase's CEO, Brian Armstrong, adds a new layer of complexity to this scenario. According to Armstrong, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) once instructed the exchange to delist all cryptocurrencies except for Bitcoin. The regulator reportedly believes that every asset other than Bitcoin is a security.

The SEC's Position and its Implications

The SEC's stance that every cryptocurrency except Bitcoin is a security raises significant questions about the future of the crypto market. This interpretation of the law by the SEC clashes with the views of many industry players, including Coinbase. Armstrong even went so far as to say that complying with the SEC's request would have meant the end of the crypto industry in the United States.

What's more, SEC Chair Gary Gensler's views align with this perspective, as he has previously asserted that "everything other than Bitcoin" falls under the agency's jurisdiction as a security.

But why does the SEC want to take such a drastic stand against cryptocurrencies, excluding Bitcoin? Is it a deliberate attempt to destroy the market or a well-thought-out strategy to pave the way for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)?

The Need for Government Legislation

Amidst these concerns, it's apparent that government intervention through legislation is becoming a pressing need. Regulatory clarity is essential to foster growth and innovation within the crypto market. The fact that crypto industry oversight in the U.S. hasn't landed on any one regulator highlights the confusion and fragmentation in this sector.

The recent legislation passed through the House Agricultural Committee, aiming to mostly hand crypto jurisdiction to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and clarify the SEC's crypto-related role, is a step in the right direction. However, the speed and efficacy of implementing such laws remain in question.

The CBDC Factor

Speculation around the SEC's motives also raises questions about the eventual launch of CBDCs. While the Federal Reserve has maintained that its ongoing FedNow project is not leading to the launch of CBDCs, the skeptical view of the SEC on cryptocurrencies (excluding Bitcoin) adds fuel to the debate. Could this be a strategic move to condition the market to more easily accept CBDCs in the future?


The U.S. government's approach to cryptocurrencies is at a critical juncture. The need for clear, comprehensive laws to guide the crypto market is more urgent than ever. The SEC's stance against cryptocurrencies, except for Bitcoin, opens up a complex dialogue that requires thoughtful analysis and action. Understanding the regulator's true intent and swiftly implementing supportive legislation can help strike a balance between fostering innovation and ensuring market stability, integrity, and consumer protection. Whether this move indirectly sets the stage for the acceptance of CBDCs remains a lingering question that only time and further developments can fully answer.

I have released my first book on using ChatGPT to enhance your creativity and productivity.  To purchase your Kindle copy of my new book  “Prompt Mastery: Unleashing Creativity and Productivity” go on Amazon.

Don't forget to Shop for the latest Quantum Devices on



bottom of page