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  • “From the start, the conversation was about financial inclusion, open systems, open monetary networks, free markets, how the existing financial system is broken, and how in theory, the world is a much more free, economically liberal place if the monetary network is Bitcoin.”
    — Jack Mallers

    Location: El Salvador
    Date: Thursday 17th June
    Project: Strike
    Role: CEO

    El Salvador made history by becoming the first country to embrace bitcoin as legal tender. This bold step to adopt Bitcoin empowers Salvadorians and utilises Bitcoin's powerful technology to build a better financial future for the country. 

    As a dollarised country, El Salvador is at the whim of the Fed, and the groundbreaking legislation included this excerpt:

    "Central banks are increasingly taking actions that may cause harm to the economic stability of El Salvador; That in order to mitigate the negative impact from central banks, it becomes necessary to authorise the circulation of a digital currency with a supply that cannot be controlled by any central bank."

    The bitcoin project in El Salvador has a long history; Bitcoin Beach, a project started by Michael Peterson in El Zonte, a surf town that has become a bitcoin hub in El Salvador. This local project has become the poster child of what a bitcoin community and economy can look like.

    Jack Mallers and the Strike team have taken El Salvador by storm, but this story is bigger than any one person. From Bitcoin Beach to developers, and the entire community, every bitcoiner played a part in bringing a fair and inclusive financial future to El Salvador.

    In this interview, I talk to Jack Mallers, CEO of Strike. We discuss the story that led to Bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador, all the credit due to the community, and his mission to secure financial freedom for all.

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  • “The whole energy argument...it doesn’t take into account the physics and engineering of how the energy is produced, and it doesn’t take into account the economic reality that we are always seeking out lower cost power.”
    — Harry Sudock

    Location: Miami
    Date: Monday 7th June
    Project: Griid Infrastructure
    Role: WP of Strategy

    Bitcoin mining has been subjected to a considerable amount of criticism over recent years, but the number of articles disseminating misinformation has exploded over the last few months. 

    Almost every mainstream media outlet has shared ill-researched hit pieces, and several hugely influential figures, from Elon Musk to Elizabeth Warren, have publicly questioned its energy usage. 

    While the conversation about Bitcoins energy usage is worthwhile, almost all of the criticisms come from a misunderstanding of Bitcoin and the energy sector. However, the reach of these articles is widespread and potentially damaging. 

    To address this FUD, I talk to Harry Sudock, the Vice President of Strategy at Griid. We discuss the energy consumption of Bitcoin mining, energy generation & the power grid and the case for renewable energy.

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  • “People by their nature prefer to cooperate, not because they are genuinely kind, but because conflict and violence is very very expensive; if you have a knife fight you are getting stabbed, even if you win.”
    — Michael Malice

    Location: New York
    Date: Wednesday 9th June
    Project: michaelmalice.com
    Role: Author

    It's a common misconception that anarchy revolves around chaos and war when it is simply about freedom. Anarchists want to see the removal of all government and society to run on an entirely voluntary, cooperative basis.

    While it's uncertain what our world would look like without rulers, technology is the greatest driver of transformation in the modern world. Bitcoin has realised an anarchist dream as an incorruptible form of money, controlled by the people outside of government intervention. It is a powerful catalyst for freedom.

    Michael Malice is a staunch anarchist and author who believes anarchism is an apparatus for achieving human joy. In this interview, we discuss how the world would operate without state intervention, the human propensity for cooperation, and how Bitcoin is a catalyst for change.

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  • “A lot of the tools that we’re using today to combat this coronavirus crisis were cooked up in 2008 during the great financial crisis, but now they’re on steroids; they’ve completely blown up to magnitudes that are unprecedented.”
    — Greg Mercer

    Location: New York
    Date: Wednesday 9th June

    As of February 2021, annual growth in the money supply reached 39% in the US, leading to widespread fears of inflation and the impact on the economy. Consumer prices soared 5% in May, the largest increase since 2008. While the Fed has argued that inflation will revert to normal by next year, others are looking to hedge the risk of inflation.

    Bitcoin is viewed by many as the ultimate inflation hedge. With its fixed monetary policy and transparent, consistent and decreasing supply issuance, it is the antithesis of fiat currencies, perpetually debased by governments' increasingly extreme monetary policy.

    Are we right to fear more significant inflation? And what role do Bonds and Bitcoin play?

    In this interview, I talk to William Elman and Greg Mercer. We discuss bond yields and what they signal, the pros and cons of market intervention and the ever-increasing government debt.

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  • “It is unnerving when a bunch of virtue signalers...having no appreciation for the fact that 85% of the people in the world live in poverty and they don’t have access to a reliable form of money that could pull them out of poverty, that they would start to criticize without having any understanding.”
    — Parker Lewis

    Location: Guatemala
    Date: Wednesday 26th May
    Project: Head of Business Development
    Role: Host

    The Gradually, Then Suddenly series by Parker Lewis on the Unchained Capital blog is an excellent resource for readers with any level of knowledge. 

    Bitcoin is not intuitive at first, and these articles cover many of the most common sticking points people come across when they fall down the rabbit hole. Parker's writings deeply examine the value proposition of Bitcoin from a first-principles basis.

    To truly understand Bitcoin, one must answer the question: what is money?

    In this interview, I talk to Parker Lewis, Head of Business Development at Unchained Capital. We discuss money as a coordination function of society, Bitcoin's energy usage, and why you cannot copy Bitcoin.

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  • “I cannot stress this enough; when you are trying to gauge consensus for an upgrade proposal, it is not a democracy. Absolutely not. It is not voting; it is not majority wins. That is not how things are done.”
    — Shinobi

    Location: Miami
    Date: Tuesday 25th May
    Project: Block Digest
    Role: Host

    Bitcoin is an entirely decentralised network, and as such, by definition, it has no authoritative organisation to dictate or coordinate rule changes. Instead, any improvements or changes must be community-driven.

    Changes to Bitcoin are rare, and when the developers propose protocol changes, they go through a strenuous review and test process. As such, changes are rare and slow to happen. While some see this as a negative, it is one of the strengths of Bitcoin. 

    A monetary network that is worth nearly $1tn should not be fast or easy to change. Many even think that eventually, the base-layer of Bitcoin may reach a point where it must no longer implement any changes, and further improvements would occur on higher layers.

    In this interview, I talk to Shinobi, the host of Block Digest. We discuss making changes to the Bitcoin protocol, hard vs soft forks, ossification, and the upcoming Taproot soft fork means for Bitcoin.

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  • “I feel like the bitcoin community is one of the best communities to take on the future… we’ve got rich, smart, heterodox, idealistic, iconoclastic pirates. OK, what are we doing?”
    — Eric Weinstein

    Location: Los Angeles
    Date: Thursday 27th May
    Project: Thiel Capital
    Role: MD

    Bitcoin can be a toxic place. If you question a narrative or fall on the wrong side of a debate, you will quickly find yourself on the receiving end of the ‘bitcoin plebs’, and rarely a day passes without a fight of some kind exploding on Twitter.

    Earlier this year, Eric Weinstein found himself amongst a heated discussion after challenging the narratives of bitcoiners across Clubhouse and Twitter.

    Eric is a cultural commentator who has been aware of Bitcoin since as early as 2010. Whilst supporting Bitcoin and the community, he does not consider himself a bitcoiner.

    In this interview, we discuss Bitcoin maximalism & toxicity, Elon Musk and whether Bitcoin fixes everything. My friend Travis Kling joins me as co-host for this episode.

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  • “I’m wary of greenwashing, things that basically consist of virtual signalling about being green... we’re more interested in looking like we’re solving the problem rather than actually solving the problem.”
    — Lyn Alden

    Location: Los Angeles
    Date: Friday 28th May
    Project: lynalden.com
    Role: Macroeconomist

    Over the last few weeks, the ESG narrative regarding Bitcoin has been growing, and we have seen a constant stream of misinformed FUD surrounding the energy sources and usage of Bitcoin miners.

    The primary catalyst for this narrative, and the recent drop in price, was when Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla had "suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin" due to their concerns "about the rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions". While the validity of this claim was quickly debunked, the narrative is spreading.  

    With growing pressure to reduce energy consumption and comply with the ESG movement, what impact will this have on the Bitcoin market?

    In this interview, I talk to Lyn Alden, a macroeconomist and investment strategist. We discuss new sources of demand for bitcoin, ESG, Tesla, and misconceptions about fossil fuels and “green” energy.

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  • “Bitcoin grows more antifragile with these sorts of events... they’re going to lose influence pretty fast, and pretty soon, the market doesn’t care what they have to say.”
    — Dan Held

    Location: Chicago
    Date: Wednesday 26th May
    Project: Kraken
    Role: Growth Lead

    When Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla had "suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin" due to their concerns "about the rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions", the market went into freefall, dropping from around $58k to just below $30k in just a few days.

    Since then, the market has reacted whenever Musk tweets. On Monday, he stated that he had "Spoke with North American Bitcoin miners" in a meeting set up by Michael Saylor and that "they committed to publish current & planned renewable usage & to ask miners WW to do so. Potentially promising." 

    While this may seem like positive news, behind-closed-door meetings are not something that bitcoiners are fans of. The meeting was somewhat reminiscent of the New York Agreement. 

    The future of Bitcoin should be decided by the consensus of the entire network, not a small, wealthy and hugely influential committee. Some feel that appeasing one billionaire is a dangerous precedent to set.

    Are we heading down a slippery slope? And what will this mean for Bitcoin?

    In this interview, I talk to Dan Held, the Growth Lead at Kraken. We discuss the concept of leaders in Bitcoin, antifragility, and dispel some FUD.

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  • “It’s reasonable to think that in the next 10-15 years, we’ll start seeing a real shift. Whether it’s to a bi-polar world or a multi-polar world or potentially a world where we no longer have the petrodollar as the reserve currency… but rather, maybe the Bitcoin standard.”
    — Alex Gladstein

    Location: Remotely
    Date: Monday 24th May
    Project: The Human Rights Foundation & Castle Island Ventures
    Role: Chief Strategy Officer & Partner

    Bitcoin is in the midst of an immense cycle of FUD. In the last few weeks alone, Elon Musk has questioned the energy consumption, China has again imposed regulations on bitcoin miners, and even the Pope raised fears concerning fossil fuels.

    As Bitcoiners, we are used to the constant stream of attacks, but often the disparagement is down to a lack of understanding of Bitcoin, with people viewing it as just a visa-like payment processor. As Alex Gladstein says, Bitcoin “is not a fintech company competing with Visa. It is a decentralized asset competing to be the new global reserve currency, aiming to inherit the role gold once had and the role the dollar holds today.”

    If bitcoin does become the new global reserve currency, superseding the dollar, will that usher in a more peaceful world? And what impact will it have on equality and foreign policy? 

    In this interview, I talk to Alex Gladstein, the Chief Strategy Officer at The Human Rights Foundation and Nic Carter, a Partner at Castle Island Ventures. We discuss the petrodollar system, moving to a bitcoin standard and the benefits that it would have on society.

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  • “If you’re operating in a purely free market, the presupposition is that you should only be rewarded commensurate to how well you satisfy the wants of others basically; the better you serve mankind the richer you become.”
    — Robert Breedlove

    Location: El Salvador
    Date: Monday 10th May
    Project: Independent
    Role: Bitcoin Writer

    Growing food, gunpowder and the printing press, while these don't appear to have much in common, they have been the catalyst for some of the most fundamental shifts ever seen in human history.

    The agricultural revolution led man from small groups of hunter-gatherers to relatively large settled communities; this provided the basis for centralised political structures.

    The gunpowder revolution changed warfare. It removed the ultimate power of a knight on horseback and rebalanced power back towards the people.

    With the advent of the printing press, the spread of ideas became possible on a previously unimaginable scale; this, in turn, turbocharged the Renaissance and removed power from the church.

    Each one has been responsible for revolutionising how society operates and transformed people's lives.

    With Bitcoin, are we now amidst the next significant revolution that will change the course of history?

    In this interview, I talk to Bitcoin writer Robert Breedlove. We discuss the mega-political variables that shape society, the role of technology, and the logic of violence.

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  • “The people who were most scared and the reason why markets dropped so much this time, was these guys that sold their coins, they were new participants...holding whale-sized quantities of bitcoin which creates a new concentration of wealth. What happened was they were the ones that sold.”
    — Willy Woo

    Location: Guatemala
    Date: Thursday 20th May
    Project: Hypersheet
    Role: Co-Founder

    The last 48 hours have been one of the craziest in Bitcoin, with the price crashing -51% from its peak. Back in April, we were hovering around $60k when a significant number of miners in China went offline due to power plant disruption; after a brief selloff, prices began to recover.

    Last week a tweet about Bitcoin’s energy usage from Elon Musk triggered another downturn in the market. A “tidal wave of young coins” flooded into exchanges to sell, leading to a lot of leveraged traders getting liquidated and ultimately a capitulation to around $30k. 

    While this dip was extreme, significant dips in a bull market are not uncommon, and bitcoin is already up around 40% from the lows. So was this just a minor blip, or does it signal the end of the bull market?

    In this interview, I talk to on-chain analyst and the co-founder of Hypersheet, Willy Woo. We discuss what caused the dip, who’s buying it up, and Willy’s new price targets.

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  • “If you are ignoring Bitcoin now, as a growth manager, you are ignoring that an alternative monetary reality has come into existence on this planet.”
    — Nik Bhatia

    Location: El Salvador
    Date: Saturday May 8th
    Project: USC Marshall School of Business
    Role: Adjunct Professor of Finance

    For a long time, asset managers in the traditional finance world have largely ignored bitcoin. Often using outdated and debunked theories as to why bitcoin is another tulip bubble that boils the oceans, kills polar bears and used by drug dealers and criminals.

    Over the last year, this has begun to change, institutions have woken up to Bitcoin, and they are beginning to see it for what it is, the soundest money the world has ever seen and a tool for freedom. Nik Bhatia says that Bitcoin has changed monetary technology as we know it. It is now the fiduciary duty for asset managers to consider bitcoin, not only for the economic benefit but also for societal change.

    In this interview, I talk by Author and Professor of Finance Nik Bhatia. We discuss his recent article ‘Asset Managers, Owning Bitcoin Is Now Your Fiduciary Duty’, currency debasement and how Bitcoin is the new monetary reality.

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  • “Fiat Money is like this dark magic, it distorts all those magical properties which allows for this immense coordination across billions of people in the world without ever having to talk to one another...fiat money destroys this, and Bitcoin fixes it.”
    — Tomer Strolight

    Location: El Salvador
    Date: Saturday May 8th
    Project: tomerstrolight.medium.com
    Role: Writer

    The inflationary aspects of fiat money and the ultimate control wielded by the central banks create a rigged game that forces us to consume rather than save. As Tomer Strolight puts it, ‘time-travelling thieves are stealing our energy and wealth’. As the soundest money the world has ever known, the magical qualities of Bitcoin fix this.

    Tomer Strolight has been pondering Bitcoin’s profound implications for nearly a decade. His writings are unique, elegant tidbits of helpful perspectives for bitcoiners, new and old.

    In this interview, I talk to Tomer, and we discuss his many short articles on Bitcoin, the dark magic of fiat money, and why Bitcoin is the most important thing happening in the world.

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  • “He who controls the money controls the world, and Bitcoin is the money now, and bitcoiners control the world, and the rest of the world is waking up to this fact. This is the new Davos...fuck the old world.”
    — David Bailey

    Location: El Salvador
    Date: Friday 30th April
    Company: BTC Media
    Role: CEO & Co-Founder

    On June 4th & 5th, the Bitcoin world will descend on Miami for the largest Bitcoin-only conference in history. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, conferences and gatherings have been postponed and cancelled. It is fitting that a conference centred around Bitcoin, a tool for freedom that allows people to bypass government control, will be one of the first gatherings of its kind in a post-covid world. 

    With the massive increase in retail and institutional interest in bitcoin, it looks to be an event on a scale not seen before for bitcoin. The lineup of speakers ranges from Michael Saylor to Jack Dorsey and Nick Szabo to Tony Hawk. 

    In this interview, I talk to David Bailey, CEO of BTC Media. We discuss the massive Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami, maximalism, hyperbitcoinisation, and the bitcoin revolution.

    For tickets, head over to their website and use promo code “WBD” to save 10% off your tickets.

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  • “Sometimes all it takes to change the world is just care enough. That’s how I think about the bitcoin community, we wear hoodies, we’re weird, we’re nerdy, we don’t have girlfriends, all of the memes. But, you know what you can’t say is that these guys don’t fucking care. We care a lot.”
    — Jack Mallers

    Location: El Salvador
    Date: Saturday May 8th
    Company: Strike, Ed Carpenter Racing
    Role: CEO, Owner

    Ed Carpenter lives life at over 373 km/h. He’s worked his whole life for his dream of racing in the Indy 500. And now, with 18 Indy races under his belt, the finish line is within his sights. But Indy racing requires millions per year in funding, and the way people consume entertainment is changing.

    Ed’s team needed to do something different, and a dose of orange pills gave them an idea. A cold email to Jack Mallers may just have changed the game forever. The two have joined forces and are looking to the Bitcoin community to raise money to enter car number 21 into the Indy500 covered in the Bitcoin logo. 

    In this interview, I talk to Jack Mallers and IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter. We discuss Ed’s racing aspirations, entering a Bitcoin car into the Indy500 and supporting open source development and Bitcoin.

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  • “If we lived in a world where you could trust your money, you could then trust your ability to just go work hard like you already do…when the money is fixed, all this bullshit goes away.”
    — SurferJim

    Location: El Salvador
    Date: Wednesday 5th May
    Company: n/a
    Role: n/a

    Bitcoin is an open and permissionless system that, by design, is available to anyone and everyone who wants to participate, without prejudice or bias. However, while the system is open to all, some of the participants in the system push strong narratives.

    As a decentralised system with no single entity in control, these bitcoiners and their narratives have been fundamental in helping protect the network from bad actors and those looking to exploit it for personal gain. 

    Some of these narratives are clearly beneficial, such as running a full node to help decentralise the network or pushing self-sovereignty through things such as not your keys, not your coins. However, several other narratives have become things that some groups of bitcoiners identify with, such as following a carnivore diet, anarchism and scepticism regarding vaccines. 

    How important are these narratives to bitcoin? And what makes someone a 'real' bitcoiner?

    In this interview, I talk to American HODL and Surfer Jim. We discuss bitcoin narratives & purity, shitcoins, NFTs, the bitcoin plebs and Surfer Jim's battle with Chamath Palihapitiya.

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  • “There’s not many asset classes that could save you the way that bitcoin can, and I think people are just lazy and they’re not paying attention to what’s happening.”
    — Peter Doyle

    Location: Remotely
    Date: Wednesday 21st April
    Company: Horizon Kinetics
    Role: Co-Founder & MD

    Value investing is a simple but highly effective strategy used by some of the world's most renowned traders, most notably Warren Buffet. These investors hunt out stocks that they believe to be trading below their true value. The theory is that the market overestimates both good and bad news, which means stock or asset prices can swing wildly askew of their actual value, and they then look to capitalise on this by buying cheap and holding for the long term.

    It is easy to argue that Bitcoin fits perfectly into this category. If you believe that Bitcoin has the potential to become the world's premier store of value and absorb a large portion of gold's market cap, then at a $1trillion market cap, bitcoin seems massively undervalued. However, many value investors, including Buffet, refuse to accept Bitcoin.

    Peter Doyle is a value investor who believes that bitcoin has a crucial role in our future. Not only just as a store of value and a hedge against inflation but also as a way of removing monetary policy decisions from the central bankers and politicians.

    In this interview, I talk to Peter Doyle, the Co-Founder and MD of Horizon Kinetics. We discuss the risks of high inflation, value investing in the current macro environment and why the world needs Bitcoin.

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  • “Bitcoin is hope, and it is traveling, and people are becoming aware of it…I’m ready to do this and I don’t really view this as a risky thing.”
    — Sean Culkin

    Location: Remotely
    Date: Monday 3rd May
    Company: Kansas City Chiefs
    Role: Tight End

    Sean Culkin rocked the sports world with his recent announcement that he is taking 100% of his $920K salary in bitcoin. Sean is not the first NFL player to dive into bitcoin, but he is the first to take his entire salary in bitcoin in a truly trailblazing move.

    Sean argues that athletes now need to "view themselves as corporations", and with many corporations now using Bitcoin as an inflation hedge, why should athletes be any different? Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor described his cash position as being like a '$500m melting ice cube' when he led the charge. 

    In this interview, we discuss his journey to the NFL, taking his entire $920K salary in bitcoin and where his conviction comes from.

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  • “CPI is a really crappy statistic for the most part… housing has gone up faster than CPI, food has gone up faster than CPI, healthcare has gone up faster than CPI, tuition has gone up faster than CPI, the cover price of the New Yorker magazine has gone up faster than CPI.”
    — Lyn Alden

    Location: Remotely
    Date: Friday 26th, March
    Company: lynalden.com
    Role: Macroeconomist

    Bitcoin was born out of the 2008 financial crisis when central banks worldwide started printing money at levels never seen before to bail out the banks for a mess they created. 

    Now, a decade later, amid a global pandemic, the money printer is again being used to rescue up a faltering economy. This time, the level of money printing dwarfs that of 2008/09.

    With the ongoing debasement of fiat currencies globally, inflation is more of a concern than ever before. Bitcoin offers a hedge against the threat of inflation, and with its sound monetary principles, it is the antithesis of the inequity and reckless money printing of central banks.

    Corporations are now using Bitcoin as an inflation hedge. When MicroStrategy announced their initial bitcoin purchase in 2020, CEO Michael Saylor explained that he was worried about their cash position being like a ‘$500m melting ice cube’. This sentiment has been echoed by many other corporations, with a record 47 S&P 500 companies citing ‘inflation’ in their 2021 Q1 earnings reports.

    The link between printing money and inflation is not black and white, so how is inflation measured? And what are the markets telling us? 

    In this interview, I talk to Lyn Alden, a macroeconomist and investment strategist. We discuss the growing concern of rising inflation, CPI as a measure and what the markets are signalling.

    This episode’s sponsors:
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