The proposed central bank digital currencies are not a new and convenient high-tech form of money. Instead, they are yet another power grab by government authorities, continuing the shameful history of government corruption of money.
When consumer prices shot up after the massive monetary injections undertaken to counteract the job-killing Covid lockdowns, the political classes called it "price gouging." Indeed, when government inflates, we need all the price gouging we can get.
Forty years ago, American politicians claimed that Japanese economic success was due to government economic planning. Unfortunately, the myth of industrial policy never seems to die, no matter how many times it is discredited.