Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and well-known economist Nouriel Roubini are currently hashing out the details of a live debate regarding the topics of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. A time, date, and venue have not yet been selected for this event, but they have seemingly already agreed on Kevin Pham as a moderator.

Moderator Already Chosen

A Forbes writer named Laura Shin was the first to suggest a debate between Buterin and Roubini for her podcast. Roubini, who teaches at NYU’s Stern school, was quick to dismiss Shin as a moderator, stating that he had no interest in “biased shills pretending to be pseudo-journalists.”

It is important to note that Roubini, known as “Dr.Doom” by the cryptocurrency community, has continually bashed this nascent technology on multiple occasions.┬áRoubini’s rejection of Shin opened the door for Buterin to suggest Kevin Pham, who hates the Ethereum project with a passion, along with centralized financial systems (which Roubini is a proponent of).

According to Buterin’s reasoning on the choice of moderators, “[it] can’t get more fair than someone equally 100% biased against both of us!”

Kevin Pham tweeted his acceptance of Vitalik Buterin’s nomination as moderator with a confirmation of Buterin’s reasoning:

“As an equal hater of both the legacy financial system which @Nouriel represents and Ethereum which @VitalikButerin represents, I hereby accept Vitalik’s nomination.”

Roubini a Critic of Cryptocurrency

Nouriel Roubini may be best known for having predicted the financial meltdown of 2008. More recently, he called cryptocurrency “the mother of all scams and bubbles” and blockchain “the most hyped tech ever” in a testimony before the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Community Affairs.

Roubini has also recently picked up a bit of a feud with Vitalik Buterin that apparently started when Roubini called Buterin a “dictator.” Buterin was quick to respond with a not-especially-subtle dig:

I officially predict a financial crisis some time between now and 2021. Not because I have any special knowledge or even actually think that, but so that I can have a ~25% (or whatever) chance of later being publicly acclaimed as “a guru who predicted the last financial crisis”.

Roubini responded to this by telling Buterin to shut up.

Debates and meetings between cryptocurrency influencers with differing opinions rarely lack drama. Roger Ver reportedly lost his temper during a debate with Charlie Lee on a luxury cruise ship. Last month, Craig Wright stormed out of a meeting on the future of Bitcoin Cash that had been arranged by Roger Ver.

Arrangements for the debate between Vitalik Buterin and Nouriel Roubini are still being made. Going by their past exchanges and previous attempts at debates by cryptocurrency influencers, this debate is likely to be anything but boring.


  1. I can only agree with Heidi that this debate between Roubini and Buterin with Kevin Pham as a moderator is likely to be anything but boring. Curious if it will take place.


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