Buying Bitcoin Is Like Buying Air

Buying Bitcoin Is Like Buying Air by Peter Schiff

TDC Note – But if you want to acquire gold or silver from his company he will happily accept bitcoin for the transaction. Does that make sense? Not to me.

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On Sesame Street they teach the basics: how to count, how to spell, and how to make good decisions. Through a slight alteration of a classic 3 minute bit with Ernie (Burt’s easy going roommate), well known economist Peter Schiff teaches a valuable lesson about the perils of slick salesmanship and trading away money for nothing. In the original sketch, Ernie is scammed into buying air in a bottle by Lefty, the neighborhood con-puppet. Peter re-released the clip with one important change – he substitutes the word “air” for “bitcoin.” The result is a hilarious and pot-stirring perspective that’s sure to get people talking and who knows, maybe even thinking. Bitcoin enthusiasts will object that air and bitcoin are fundamentally different. Try explaining that to Ernie.

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Peter Schiff

Mr. Schiff began his investment career as a financial consultant with Shearson Lehman Brothers, after having earned a degree in finance and accounting from U.C. Berkeley in 1987. A financial professional for more than twenty years, he joined Euro Pacific in 1996 and served as its President until December 2010, when he became CEO. An expert on money, economic theory, and international investing, he is a highly sought after speaker at conferences and symposia around the world. He served as an economic advisor to the 2008 Ron Paul presidential campaign and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut in 2010.