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Vitalik and Nouriel to meet in a public debate at Laura Shin’s podcast

15 october 2018, 20:02 by Jesús S. Affigne

Vitalik and Nouriel to meet in a public debate at Laura Shin’s podcast

It already has the blessing of two major individuals of the crypto ecosystem

The heated debate between Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, and American economist Nouriel Roubini, could move to other grounds thanks to an invitation by the host of the Unchained Podcast, Laura Shin.

According to her Twitter handle, Shin invited both debaters via the aforementioned social media and e-mail, after Nouriel commented that he would be happy to debate in public with Vitalik. “I would love to host both of you on my podcast, Unchained. Are you guys up for it? Happy to set a date,” she said.

Buterin was the first to confirm his willingness to participate in her podcast for the occasion. Nouriel also confirmed the same, but rejected having Shin as moderator. “Happy to have a live debate with @VitalikButerin . We can agree on a fair moderator that we both agree on, not on biased shills pretending to be pseudo-journalists but who are PR folks for the crypto industry. I have no interest to interact with @laurashin.”

Kevin Pham as moderator?

Upon reading that, Vitalik nominated bitcoiner and market observer Kevin Pham (whom he has had not-so-nice chats with in the past) as moderator for the upcoming debate. Something Nouriel is not so happy with, due to how critic Pham is of both the traditional financial system and Ethereum as a whole.

Despite this, the bitcoiner accepted Vitalik’s proposal. “As a hater of both the legacy financial system which @Nouriel repreents and Ethereum which @VitalikButerin represents, I hereby accept Vitalik’s nomination” he said in his Twitter account.

Arthur Hayes and Justin Sun want to be involved, too

The possibility of a debate between the two representatives of their respective industry has attracted the attention of several high profile individuals, who have expressed their interest in making this real. 

CEO and Founder of BitMEX Arthur Hayes offered to pay for all the costs of hosting this “battle royale” in New York or London. Another who offered to pay for the logistics and fees was the CEO and founder of Tron Foundation, Justin Sun, who also recommended 2008 laureate in Economic Sciences Paul Krugman to be the moderator – since Nouriel doesn’t want neither Pham nor Shin to moderate them – and even offered 1 million USD to the winner, who would be decided by public voting.

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