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Bitcoin Audible (previously the cryptoconomy)

The Best in Bitcoin made Audible! Guy Swann makes the knowledge of the world's most secure, independent money, accessible to everyone. [part of The Cryptoconomy Network]

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Guy's Take #37 - Dear James Woods, Sincerely Guy Swann

"All you can do with Bitcoin once you buy it is sell it, but you need somebody else to buy it from you." - Peter Schiff

James Woods shared a tweet with what is, in the end, a generally rational skepticism and common initial impression of Bitcoin. From an article at Fox Business, that based its argument on a few quotes from the king and queen of Bitcoin trolls, Peter Schiff and Nouriel Roubini. "You can't do anything with it but sell it," they claim, "its a huge scam and pump and dump" they added. As a Bitcoiner I would obviously argue this is completely false, but its not easy at first to see why, and it takes a huge amount of history, and close scrutiny to see the bigger picture.

That's why in this episode, I hope to answer the article, and maybe shed some light on why its views are wrong. Maybe James will listen to it, maybe not, but hopefully some skeptic out there can find value in hearing answers to very common, but ultimately very wrong views as to what Bitcoin is.

Todays episode, I get into all of it, with "Dear James Woods."

The tweet and article in question:
https://twitter.com/RealJamesWoods/status/1329513077654528002?s=20

As mentioned, a brilliant and extensive series hitting so many of these concepts in far greater detail, by the amazing author Parker Lewis, is the Gradually, Then Suddenly, series. The playlist of the full series can be found at the link below:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4NRn7e8FbNtoCLSigf8GV4?si=0ezq3gTvS8CAKMmxYdhA1w

A huge thanks to our awesome sponsors! Hexa Wallet for an excellent, feature-rich mobile Bitcoin wallet. It brings multiple accounts and built in transaction batching so you can send Bitcoin to your lightning wallet, a friend, and to your cold storage all at once to save on fees! Hexawallet.io

...And for your cold storage we have the excellent BitBox02 from ShiftCrypto. A simple, Swiss made, open source, secure hardware wallet that makes it super easy to have secure, reliable cold storage savings for the long term Bitcoin holder. guyswann.com/bitbox
Check them out and let them know I sent you!

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2020-11-21
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Read_464 - Poolin's Initiative to Activate Taproot [Aaron Van Wirdum]

?Taproot will unlock a new range of possibilities for Bitcoin, improving privacy and expanding smart contract possibilities?

The code has been merged, the client is on the way, and it's time for the miners and community to bring this to the next step. Led by the mining pool "Poolin," they and others are reaching out to other major pools to get confirmation on support for the soft fork upgrade, and how they would like to see it activated. With various options, risks, and time horizons, this is the beginning of finding a standard for the client release where taproot is finally brought to the Bitcoin network. Today's read is another great piece from Bitcoin Magazine author Aaron Van Wirdum breaking it all down. Listen to find out.

Check out the original and stay up to date with the remarkable resource over at BitcoinMagazine.com:
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/poolin-launches-initiative-to-activate-taproot-encouraging-other-mining-pools-to-join

To dive deeper into Taproot, what it is, and what it enables, check out a previous article from Aaron explaining the whole picture:
Taproot is Coming:
https://bitcoinaudible.com/?p=3435

And thank you to our amazing sponsors for Bitcoin Audible!
? For an awesome mobile wallet be sure to check out our sponsor, Hexa Wallet at guyswann.com/hexa
? And for a simple, secure, open source hardware wallet, BitBox is the way to go by ShiftCrypto. Check it at guyswann.com/bitbox

Satoshi Bless the incredible LTBNetwork and the resource they've built for Bitcoiners for so many years! ??
letstalkbitcoin.com

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2020-11-18
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Read_463 - A Symphony of Positivity [Eric Wall]

"It takes two nudges to convert a nocoiner. The vast majority of people got their very first nudge in 2017. These people are now primed for that second nudge, which is coming in roaring." - Eric Wall

The new bull market is coming in hot, but it feels very different from previous cycles. What is it exactly? Can we see it in the data? Is this another FOMO, retail speculative buy in? Or is this something bigger? Listen to today's read from the Arcane Research blog of "Eric's November Thoughts" about what the foundations of this bull run are, and why this time, might actually be a little different.

Check out the original and follow Eric at the links below:
https://research.arcane.no/blog/erics-november-thoughts
https://twitter.com/ercwl

And for the excellently bullish thread covered during the Guy's Take section, check it out below:
https://twitter.com/AnthonyDessauer/status/1328552929083621377?s=20

? For an awesome mobile wallet be sure to check out our sponsor, Hexa Wallet at guyswann.com/hexa
? And for a simple, secure, open source hardware wallet, BitBox is the way to go by ShiftCrypto. Check it at guyswann.com/bitbox

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2020-11-17
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Chat #51 - The Death of Nuance with Aleks Svetski

Today's chat is with the brilliant and always entertaining Aleks Svetski (https://twitter.com/AleksSvetski). On the state of the world, our turbulent future ahead, and getting trapped in the empty pursuit of happiness while losing sight of the deeper search for meaning. We had no agenda for this show and just went deep into whatever felt right with this one. Not to be missed.

Check out Aleks, his incredible writing, his great service for purchasing Bitcoin, and his no-nonsense tweets:
https://twitter.com/AleksSvetski
https://twitter.com/TheAmberApp

And a huge thanks to our awesome sponsors! Hexa Wallet for an excellent, feature-rich mobile Bitcoin wallet. It brings multiple accounts and built in transaction batching so you can send Bitcoin to your lightning wallet, a friend, and to your cold storage all at once to save on fees! Hexawallet.io

...And for your cold storage we have the excellent BitBox02 from ShiftCrypto. A simple, swiss made, open source, secure hardware wallet that makes it super easy to have secure, reliable cold storage savings for the long term Bitcoin holder. guyswann.com/bitbox
Check them out and let them know I sent you!

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2020-11-16
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Read_462 - 7 Misconceptions About Bitcoin [Lyn Alden]

"Bitcoin is more easily verifiable than gold, in terms of being a reserve asset and being used as collateral. It?s more frictionless to transfer than gold, and has a hard-capped supply. And I like gold too; I?ve been long it since 2018, and still am." - Lyn Alden

With so many new eyes on Bitcoin, there are a large number of questions that the typical outsider has. Lyn Alden, in this excellent piece, breaks down the major misconceptions around Bitcoin and why she is bullish for 2021.

For the many charts and graphics that accompany the arguments laid out in this piece, check out the original, plus the tons of other great analysis on her blog at the link: https://www.lynalden.com/misconceptions-about-bitcoin/

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And a big thanks to our sponsor Hexa Wallet for supporting the Audible of the Bitcoin space!

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2020-11-13
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Guy's Take #36 - Walking Tall

What does having savings, & the incentives reestablished by sound money, do to a person's *character?* How does it change who we are when we have something that we know is ours, and frees us of dependence on another human being?  With a short read of a Bank Ad from many decades ago  that shows an entirely different view of money and savings, we dig into how money affects us on a different level.

Shout out to Marty Bent who I think is responsible for sharing out this ad and therefore my stumbling upon it.

A huge thank you to our sponsor for the show, Hexa Wallet! Bringing an excellent mobile wallet packed with features to the everyday user. Check them out at Hexawallet.io or on Twitter at twitter.com/hexawallet

And if you aren't auto-stacking sats yet then you HAVE to get started! We are entering into a serious bull run and the only and best way to save in Bitcoin is to stack every single day, week, month etc that you can to eliminate all the noise and grow your savings reliably and automatically. Get $10 free at Swanbitcoin.com/guy

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2020-11-12
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Read_461 - When Bitcoin Melts The System, Prosperity Steps In [Thibaud Marechal]

"The logical construct behind the dissection of today?s evils is actually very simple: money is broken; fix the money, fix the world." - Thibaud Marechal

The systemic imbalances of our monetary system are far deeper than most realize. It is the very foundation of our consumerist culture, its the course of our bloated, corrupt financial industry, it props up the impossible size of the advertising giants and surveillance capitalism, it creates a monetary premium on goods that should be valued by their productive capacity or actual use, & it betrays the very people who need money most to be a stable, wealth preserving tool. Fix the Money; Fix the world. Another brilliant article at BitcoinMagazine.com and by returning author Thibaud Marechal on the poisonous consequences of a broken money system.

Check out the original below as well as his many other excellent pieces available to read:
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/when-bitcoin-melts-the-system-prosperity-steps-in

A huge thank you to our sponsor for the show, Hexa Wallet! Bringing an excellent mobile wallet packed with features to the everyday user. Check them out at Hexawallet.io or on Twitter at twitter.com/hexawallet

A thanks to the LTBNetwork for sharing out this show to their amazing audience and bringing so much quality content to the Bitcoin space!

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2020-11-11
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Read_460 - The Hard Forks that Didn't Dilute Bitcoin [Nic Carter]

"If any of these forks had meaningfully gained ground relative to Bitcoin, the critics would have had a point. What?s the point of a monetary network which is undergoing a constant state of fragmentation?" - Nic Carter

Another great article from Nic and this one is right in line with the second episode of Shitcoin Insider, also now available for a deep dive into the sad state of Bitcoin forks! They said it would dilute Bitcoin, they claimed it would prove Bitcoin was, in fact, not scarce, but as infinite as any digital database that can be replicated over and over again. But what came of the forks? Did they really dilute the value and core attributes of the Bitocin network? Nic lays it all out in another excellent article at Coindesk.com. Don't miss it!

Check out the original to find Nic's other works and numerous great graphics and charts to illustrate his argument:
https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-trounces-bch-bsv-fork-wannabes

The mempool is nearly empty again! Now is the perfect time to explore a new wallet, find the best software to hold your own keys, and begin experimenting with Lightning! Start with an excellent mobile wallet with built in batching to save yourself a lot of future headache. Hexa Wallet is the only one out there, and has so many great features to explore. Check it out at hexawallet.io

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2020-11-09
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Read_459 - Call me Ishmael [BitMex]

"One can use a ?brainwallet?. Refugees need to carry nothing with them, all they would need to do is remember a Bitcoin wallet passphrase. Funds, potentially millions of US dollars, can therefore be effectively stored inside of one?s mind." - Bitmex research

What is a bran wallet and what exactly are the risks and benefits of trying to store Bitcoin in your mind? Is it so simple as generating a key from your favorite quote? Or could this just be a recipe for disaster?  In a time where it is more important than ever to hold your own keys and prepare yourself for the raging bull, Bitmex Research brings us a timely article about the security and concerns of storing Bitcoin in your brain?

Check out the phenomenal amount of research at the Bitmex blog:
https://blog.bitmex.com/call-me-ishmael/

Don't forget to check out the awesome wallet by our sponsor Hexa Wallet! So many great features available to hold your own keys and protect yourself from loss in the case of disaster. Find them at Hexawallet.io

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2020-11-07
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Read_458- The Lightning Liquidity Marketplace [Peter Chawaga]

?Lightning Labs is positioning this release as a step toward an ecosystem of Lightning-based financial products, which it called ?LiFi.? - Peter Chawaga

A new ecosystem has just begun. With Bitcoin native financial markets, Lightning Labs has released the beginning of an entirely new structure of Bitcoin finance with Lightning Pool Marketplace. An open, global, noncustodial auction for liquidity on the lightning network, and a novel way to execute contracts off-chain. This is the beginning of something big.  Don?t miss this excellent article from Bitcoin Magazine and author Peter Chawaga.  The future of lightning is coming into focus.

Check out the original at Bitcoin Magazine, and follow Peter Chawaga at the links below:
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/lightning-network
https://twitter.com/PeterChawaga

Much love to our sponsor, Hexa Wallet for supporting Bitcoin Audible and bringing the best in Bitcoin to audio for all those who don?t have the time to read it. Check them out at Hexawallet.io

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2020-11-05
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Read_457 - Our Most Brilliant Idea [Robert Breedlove]

"When governments play God, civilizations burn in Hell."
- Robert Breedlove

The 3 pillars of free markets all hinge on fair, honest, reliable money. Without it, monumental errors within the markets are unable to be corrected. By enforcing reliable, incorruptible rule of law, undeniable private property, through a system of verifiable sound money... Bitcoin is the capstone of free market innovation.  Don't miss this incredible piece by Breedlove.

Check out the original article here and drop some massive applause:
https://breedlove22.medium.com/our-most-brilliant-idea-aced329f8941

If you want to support Breedlove's work, check out the many links below:
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? If you enjoyed this, please send sats: https://tippin.me/@Breedlove22
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And Don't forget to check out our awesome sponsor, Hexa Wallet! A non-custodial, mobile wallet packed with great features. Check them out at the link below:
hexawallet.io

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2020-11-04
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Read_456 - Bitcoin at 12 [Nic Carter]

"I believe Bitcoiners have this in common. They recognize that they have undertaken a near-hopeless task. Creating a global, neutral, apolitical settlement medium and standard of value will not happen overnight. We have barely begun the project." - Nic Carter

Bitcoin represents a hope for a better future, and the longest time horizon in building a sustainable solution for the generations to come after us. Like the cathedrals that took centuries to build, those who labored placed bricks into the structure and toiled their lives knowing they they may never see the completion of their project, but that they were building something far bigger than themselves, that would last for centuries to come. Another brilliant piece from Nic Carter, Bitcoin at 12 years.

Hit the original below and drop some incredible applause on the article:
https://medium.com/@nic__carter/bitcoin-at-12-f6fce39cb9bb

Kudos to Hexa Wallet for the amazing update & as always a major thanks for supporting the show! Check out their amazing mobile wallet packed with features at Hexawallet.io

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2020-11-03
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Guy's Take #35 - The Next Domino...

We may have just seen the beginnings of central banks entering the Bitcoin game theory. The game is about to get real.

Bitcoin has suddenly broken onto the political stage with the announcement that the Iranian Central Bank is officially purchasing Bitcoin from its licensed miners in order to use it to increase imports and get around the destructive US sanctions. Don't miss this Guy's take where we dig into this major development and exactly what it could mean.

Now is the time to hold your own keys! Get a hardware wallet, look into multisig, and get yourself a non-custodial mobile wallet. Our sponsor has a great one to check out, that's Hexa Wallet! A huge thanks to them for supporting Bitcoin Audible and keeping this show bringing the best in Bitcoin to your ears. Check them out at Hexawallet.io

Links to a few articles discussing this development:
https://elexonic.com/2020/10/30/bitcoin-miners-in-iran-have-a-new-buyer-the-central-bank/
https://www.trustnodes.com/2020/10/29/iran-changes-law-to-use-bitcoin-for-imports

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2020-10-30
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Read_455 - Bitcoin and the Rhythms of History [Brandon Quittem]

"Individuals can opt-out of their local currency by joining the Bitcoin life raft. Protect purchasing power, rather than go down with the sinking ship that is their state." - Brandon Quittem

A fascinating journey through the concept of the Fourth Turning and analysis of the incredible times we live in. More will change in the next decade than in the previous 8 combined. We are entering a time where our old institutions are torn down and built anew. Do we devolve into collectivism and totalitarian rule? Or can we find a way to protect and fan the flames of individual liberty and sustain a prosperous future for the next generation. Listen to this excellent piece to find out!

Follow Brandon on Twitter if you haven't yet! And check out his page, the many great graphics on the article, & all the other great writing available on his site: https://www.brandonquittem.com/

Thanks Hexa Wallet for supporting the Audible of the Bitcoin space! Making all the best in Bitcoin accessible to everyone! https://twitter.com/HexaWallet

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2020-10-30
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Read_454 - The Last Word on Bitcoin's Energy Consumption [Nic Carter]

"If your local energy cost is effectively zero but you cannot sell your energy anywhere, the existence of a global buyer for energy is a godsend." - Nic Carter

What do all the "boiling oceans" alarmist miss about the nature & incentives of Bitcoin's energy consumption? Can we determine anything meaningful about Bitcoin's energy use by looking at the state of mining today, and the trends leading us into the future? Today we read a great piece from CoinDesk by the many times Bitcoin Audible author Nic Carter, on the fallacies of the general thinking, why Bitcoin gets picked on, & the simple thing the complainers could do to solve it.

Nic Carter's "The Last Word on Bitcoin's Energy Consumption":
https://www.coindesk.com/the-last-word-on-bitcoins-energy-consumption?amp=1

Other excellent pieces by Nic Carter available in audio:
A Most Peaceful Revolution:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_293---A-Most-Peaceful-Revolution-Nic-Carter-e5bfpm
The Cat is Out of the Bag:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_340---The-Cat-is-Out-of-the-Bag-Nic-Carter-ea6ffl
Don't Fear the Reaper:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_436---Dont-Fear-the-Reaper-Nic-Carter-ej3h3l
Unpacking Bitcoin's Assurances:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_281---Unpacking-Bitcoins-Assurances-Nic-Carter-e4sn3r

If you would like to support the show & be a part of the anointed Satoshi's Audionauts, become a patron at Patreon.com/thecryptoconomy!
This show wouldn't be possible without all the incredible supporters of my work, and I cannot thank you guys enough!

And a thanks to Hexa Wallet for a great, non-custodial, seedless, multi-factor and multi-account mobile wallet that's great for a whole range of users, experienced and new to the space! Check them out at Hexawallet.io

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2020-10-27
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Read_453 - Lies, Deception, & Unnatural Money [Nik Hoffman]

"money printing only ?works? if the majority of people don?t even realize that it is steadily devaluing their earnings and savings. People must be deceived into believing a false ideology about this practice, but that can only work for so long; as we?ve seen throughout history, bad money doesn?t last forever." - Nik Hoffman

What determines a good money and a bad money, and what exactly does it mean for a money to have value? A brief journey through the concepts that define a money, and the history that informs how and why money becomes a tool for lies and deception to the ultimate detriment of society. Are we doomed to forever repeat the past, or can Bitcoin solve this problem and close the book on monetary manipulation?  Find out in today's Bitcoin Magazine article from author Nik Hoffman.

Check out the original at the link below to explore his other works, his monthly roundups, and of course follow Nik on Twitter:
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/lies-deception-and-unnatural-money

Thanks to Hexa wallet for supporting Bitcoin Audible. If you want an great, noncustodial wallet to hold your on keys, don't forget to check them out at hexawallet.io

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2020-10-27
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Read_452 - How Will Bitcoin Lead to More Freedom [Jim Epstein]

"It had a big impact on May, who melded the "Other Plane" with "Galt's Gulch" from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, which was a safe haven for rational and productive people protected from government coercion and taxation by an invisible shield. Instead of the Colorado mountains, May's cyberspace Galt's Gulch would exist on the internet, with cryptography providing protective cover." - Jim Epstein

The argument between the "blockchain technology" and the "Bitcoin anarchists" happens to be a lot older than most know. Whether this is a technology that's outside the system, built to replace it, or one that is supposed to work within the system to make it faster and cheaper, can be traced all the way back to a debate between Eric Salin and crypto-anarchist Timothy C. May. What can the origins of the cypherpunk movement tell us about teh direction of Bitcoin today? Hear this amazing piece from Jim Epstein at Reason Magazine to find out!

Other great pieces to accompany this read:
The Truth About Smart Contracts by Jimmy Song
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_092---The-Truth-About-Smart-Contracts-e2ndrq
Bit Gold by Nick Szabo
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_275---Bit-Gold-Nick-Szabo-e4o0vp
Securing Property with Owner Authority by Nick Szabo
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_118---Securing-Property-with-Owner-Authority-e2ndqs
The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto by Tim May
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_300-----The-Crypto-Anarchist-Manifesto-Timothy-C--May-e5p7j4

For a great and feature rich mobile, non-custodial Bitcoin wallet, our awesome supporter of Bitcoin Audible HexaWallet is where its at! Now in beta, you can get the wallet on the app store or at the link below. Fell free to ask any questions and feedback is hugely appreciated.
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2020-10-23
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Chat #50 - Dawn of the Age of Bitcoin with Erik Cason

Bitcoin and the cryptographic systems that empower it, are not merely another new tech to make use of. They are a fundamental shift in the ability to defend value from organized violence. The impact on the world will be impossible to measure. We go deep down the rabbit hole in this excellent chat with Erik Cason, author of the cryptosovereignty.org blog.

Follow Erik on twitter, and check out his amazing pieces we've read on the podcast below:
https://twitter.com/Erikcason
The Political Theology of Bitcoin:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_398---The-Political-Theology-of-Bitcoin-Erik-Cason-eemvs1
Crypto, Truth, & Power:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_448---Crypto--Truth--Power-Erik-Cason-ekv73s

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Hexawallet.io

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2020-10-21
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Read_451 - Multisig Appreciation Day [Marty Bent]

"When compared to gold, real estate, stocks, bonds or "fine art" that act as stores of value for many individuals, bitcoin that is held in a multisig wallet is an obvious step-function improvement in many regards." - Marty Bent

Reading another short Bent from Marty on multisig and how its fundamentally a powerful tool for Bitcoin that isn't shared with any physical store of value. Guy gets into the concept of "deep" vs "shallow" protection in his take following the piece and how Bitcoin represents an order of magnitude improvement over the security & preservation of value. We should remember to tout multisig with more enthusiasm, its not "just another feature."

Check out the original and subscribe to Marty's Bent at the link below:
https://tftc.io/martys-bent/issue-848/

The tweet that inspired it all:
https://twitter.com/AdamTzag/status/1318244929592807425

For a multisig savings, don't forget to check out HexaWallet and their Savings account, multi-key setup, and clever key splitting backup system. Check out the beta wallet and feel free to ask any questions & add me as a contact!
hexawallet.io

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2020-10-21
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Read_450 - Getting Lightning Ready for Global Takeover [Roy Sheinfeld]

Breez wallet makes some major announcements today with their first release candidate of the wallet into the wild. Bringing the dream of a fully non-custodial, user-friendly, super easy to use Lightning wallet for anyone coming into Bitcoin. So many new features to go over in this one and talking about the future of lightning and how we can close the UX hurdle. This is not to be missed. Follow Roy Sheinfeld and Breez on Twitter so you dont miss future announcements!

Check out the official announcement here, and of course download and start playing with the Breez Lightning wallet if you haven't yet!
https://medium.com/breez-technology/the-breez-release-candidate-getting-lightning-ready-for-the-global-takeover-b5d1f9756229
(for those who wanted to get the details on closing and reopening your channels - https://github.com/breez/breezmobile/wiki/How-to-close-Breez's-channels%3F)

Learn more about the Hodl HTLCs discussed in the commentary at the link below:
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/pull/4018

And don't forget to add me as a contact in your Hexa Wallet! Shoot me a DM on twitter or an email and I'll be happy to add you ??
A huge thank you to Hexa for supporting the podcast:
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2020-10-20
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Guy's Take #34 - TAPROOT IS MERGED!!

A major step toward the next era of Bitcoin was made today. The code is final, and it is now in the Bitcoin codebase as of today. The next steps are an activation method, and a full client release for the network to begin the process of adding it to the global consensus.

But before that happens, let's talk about where we are today, what advantages Taproot can give us again, & what the future of Bitcoin, privacy, & Lightning are with this new tool at our disposal. Today's Guy's Take is all about Taproot, so let's get into it!

Want to check it out on Github and be a nerd?
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/19953

For a deeper dive into Taproot check out Aaron Van Wirdum's piece digging into it on Bitcoin Magazine:
Taproot is Coming:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_318---Taproot-is-Coming-Aaron-van-Wirdum-e8um0c

Much love to our many patrons making this show possible! If you want to join in with the crew, go to Patreon.com/thecryptoconomy and become a patron!

And another thank you to our sponsor, Hexa Wallet for keeping this show alaive, and for building one of the best mobile wallets out there. With tons of features to come, check it out at HexaWallet.io 

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2020-10-15
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Read_449 - Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole [Knut Svanholm]

"Value is a strange concept because while it is arguably very real, it is entirely subjective, and because of this there is no yardstick or kilogram to measure it against." - Knut Svanholm

Another from the amazing collection over at Citadel21.com, we dive even deeper down the rabbit hole with Knut's piece. What does it even mean to measure value with Bitcoin as our totem? What happens to prices in a perfectly finite monetary good? What would a future where the growth and productivity of the economy were captured by the money, rather than stolen by our money masters?

The world is going to be a very different place in a Bitcoin future. The right questions can help us see it, and it's something that we cannot unsee. So lets dig into Knut's work, "Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole"
https://www.citadel21.com/deeper-down-the-rabbit-hole

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2020-10-14
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Chat #49 - The Tahini's Bitcoin Standard

As the dominoes continue to fall, we chat with the owner of the amazing Tahini's restaurant on their journey to a Bitcoin Standard. Why Bitcoin? What led them to such a decision? How do they see the future risks and rewards going forward? What events of the past allowed them to see the true potential of this revolutionary new monetary system? All this and more in today's phenomenal chat with the man behind @TheRealTahinis

Follow them on twitter at the link below and if you are in the area, what the hell are you eating shite food for!? Go to Tahini's, get some real food, and talk about Bitcoin. ?
https://twitter.com/TheRealTahinis

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2020-10-14
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Read_448 - Crypto, Truth & Power [Erik Cason]

?I believe that Satoshi Nakamoto, Whoever he/she/it/them is/was, was first and foremost a strategist of the cypherpunk traditions. This is extremely important because we need to understand the motivational ideology was not one of any sort of state capitalist nature, or idiotic wealth fantasies of lambos and other childish bullshit, but an explicit crypto-anarchist one.? - Erik Cason

Cryptography was, before anything else, a weapon of war.

How can this perspective inform the type of revolution Bitcoin truly enables? As a re-codification of the relations of power between the state and the individual, what does a system like Bitcoin do to the world? When authority is replaced by truth, as the source of legitimacy, nothing in the world will remain unchanged.

The original article by Erik Cason and the fascinating blog where he covers tons of other topics just like this:
http://cryptosovereignty.org/crypto-truth-power/

https://twitter.com/Erikcason

Cypherpunks Write Code (part 1):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWh6Yzr12iQ&t=0s

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2020-10-12
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Guy's Take #33 - The Canary in the Coal Mine [On Marty's 839th Bent]

There's been a bit of Bad News. The canary doesn't seem to be moving, and its time that we take our situation seriously. As Bitcoin becomes both more mature and finds its way back into a bull market, we can also expect a sharp increase in regulatory and governmental attention. The powers that be, the surveillance state, and the control that the financial institutions have acquired will not be lost without a fight.

Bitcoin is disrupting some of the most influential institutions on the planet. They are unlikely to sit by while we divest from their control & take back our sovereignty and privacy. Today's Guy's Take is inspired by Marty's Bent #839 and recent developments in the regulatory & legal worlds around the treatment of Bitcoin. It could be very important to not miss this one.

Read Marty's Bent below, as well as the ocean of clever, funny, insightful, & cosmic thoughts that Marty drops every day:
https://tftc.io/martys-bent/issue-839/

Check out Pseu's Conversation with Ben Carman on privacy and his favorite mobile wallet mentioned in the show:
https://open.spotify.com/episode/6duVzPWqeMorpuBhXdkWPW?si=GW-jL260Sru2lxUaiGQpCA

Dig into the details of the Travel Rule yourself starting with the link below:
https://www.fincen.gov/resources/statutes-regulations/guidance/funds-travel-regulations-questions-answers

And definitely follow NoBullshitBitcoin for a Bitcoin feed with only solid news, development, and new tools and no BS!
https://twitter.com/nobsbitcoin

Thanks to everyone who supports the podcast and of course the awesome team over at Hexa Wallet! Don't forget to download Hexa either from your favorite App Store or by visiting their site below:
Hexawallet.io

And for an awesome resource I have used for years, to learn everything about the history, the logic, the principles, & the Austrian economics that you can't learn in public school, check out Liberty Classroom from Tom Wood's! An excellent resource that I can't recommend enough.
https://libertyclassroom.com/dap/a/?a=32379

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2020-10-07
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Read_447 - Bitcoin Isn't Slow, Its Highly Secure [Vlad Costea]

"So the next time somebody says that ?shitcoin X? is faster than Bitcoin or claims that Bitcoin is slow, show them the criteria that truly count in a decentralized network." - Vlad Costea

Did you hear that any 1 of 1000s of altcoins was "way faster" than Bitcoin? Have you ever wondered what that means or what exactly they are faster at? Vlad breaks it all down. How shitcoins aren't fast, even close to as fast actually as Bitcoin. Bitcoin isn't slow, its highly secure!

Check out the original post at Bitcoin-Takeover.com and check out Vlad's Bitcoin Takeover podcast for many other great takes like this:
https://bitcoin-takeover.com/bitcoin-is-not-slow-its-highly-secure/

Much love to Hexa Wallet for supporting the show as well as my lovely patrons!
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2020-10-07
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Read_446 - The Great Plague of Shitcoinery [Thibaud Marechal]

"Battles in the money market aren?t about incremental technology features, but fundamental monetary properties. Bitcoin is a pragmatic monetary evolution, which contrasts with shitcoin issuers misrepresenting a delusional technology revolution." - Thibaud Marechal

Another great piece on the incentives and misunderstanding of the shitcoin mindset. It isn't a technological revolution, it is fundamentally a monetary one! Thibaud breaks it down amazingly in this piece and Guy gets into some history of the shitcoin term and how so many projects have the entirely wrong understanding of the value in this revolution. Don't miss another excellent one from Bitcoin Magazine
Original Article: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/the-great-plague-of-shitcoinery

A huge thanks as always to Hexa Wallet! Don't forget to shoot me a message if you want to add me as a contact or use me as a part of your backup. Happy to assist! Check them out at Hexawallet.io

Some of the great articles mentioned in this episode to expand on these ideas:
Bitcoin is Worse is Better - https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_327---Bitcoin-is-Worse-is-Better-gwern-e9e9iv
Bitcoin & Software Reliability - https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_254---Bitcoin--Software-Reliability-beautyon_-e46lnu
On Schelling Points, Network Effects, & Lindy - https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_417---On-Schelling-Points--Network-Effects---Lindy-Willem-Van-Den-Bergh-eghjp4

And dont forget to check out our new show all about Shitcoinery! Shitcoin Insider is where we dig through all the crap so that you don't have to! XD

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2020-10-06
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Guy's Take #32 - Rights, Incentives & the Bitcoin System

What are rights and can Bitcoin enable us to make better sense of them?

It is very common to hear that education is a "right," that healthcare, a fair salary, etc are all "rights" that we can demand of others and are entitled to. Can this be the case? How do they conflict with the more basic rights of the control over our own lives, our right to choose, and the rights to our bodies? Can we simply declare that the things we want or need are rights and this means we can have as much of it as we would like?

We get into all of it in today's Guy' Take on human rights and how Bitcoin provides an excellent test case for why universal rights are necessary for both a communications and political network to succeed.

A great piece mentioned on the show to dig further into these ideas:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_225---Bitcoin--the-Promise-of-Independent-Property-Rights-Hasu--Su-Zhu-e3j6b8

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2020-10-03
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FEATURING Shitcoin Insider #1 - DeFi & Ponzinomics

Were you ever just deathly curious about what Defi really is? What is going on behind the scenes of the token wrapped token printing yield machines? Or what the mindset of the shitcoiner really is, and what they think they are building? Don't miss the flagship episode of our new show SHITCOIN INSIDER!

Don't forget to subscribe to Shitcoin Insider if you want more and let me know on Twitter is you enjoyed it and want us to dig further.

And to support my work and learn all about the history and economics that you couldn't learn in school, check out the amazing Liberty Classroom! Find it at GuySwann.com/liberty

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2020-10-01
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Chat #48 - Sovereignty in a Box with Matt Hill

Are we on the verge of a new revolution in personal computing? Matt Hill and the team at Start9Labs believes we are, and are helping to build our path through it to a brighter future. How do we re-decentralize the internet? By what means can we break the censored, centralized, surveilled "cloud" into a thousand encrypted, distributed, and private pieces? That is the mission at the heart of Start9Labs. Don't miss this awesome discussion to learn more.

If you want to explore what Matt and the team are building, go to Start9Labs.com and/or follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on the project
https://twitter.com/start9labs
https://start9labs.com/

Don't forget about the discount code "BitcoinAudible" for the 7th Annual Hackers Congress! Visit https://digital-totality.hcpp.cz/ to learn all about the awesome speakers and fascinating workshops and topics covered for a full weekend at the true cypherpunk conference.

A huge thank you to our supporters! Our patrons for being awesome and keeping this project alive, and of course HexaWallet for supporting the show and helping to build excellent tools for our Bitcoin future. Don't forget to check out the Hexa wallet on the App store or find out more at HexaWallet.io

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2020-09-29
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Read_445 - A Human Rights Response to Bitcoin Critics [Alex Gladstein]

"Contrary to what the critics would have you believe with all of their scary language about fraud and risk, when I send an on-chain Bitcoin transaction to you, it will get to you, no matter what. There is no point of censorship, seizure, or control." - Alex Gladstein

A great throw back from Alex Gladstein where he makes a response to the old and tired criticisms of Bitcoin. Is it stupid to think we would want to hold our own passwords to our money, or it is a revolutionary new tool in the global quest for human rights and individual freedom? A great response for the next time you come across and ignorant critic, who needs a dose of truth.

Check out the original below! Drop some applause and see his other articles on Medium:
https://medium.com/@alexgladstein/a-human-rights-activists-response-to-bitcoin-critics-d50e6760ee80

You can always his the book he helped author all about Bitcoin and the impact it could have on the world, available in paperback and in audiobook read by yours truly at the link below:
https://www.amazon.com/Little-Bitcoin-Book-Matters-Finances/dp/1641990503/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=little+Bitcoin+book&qid=1601337759&sr=8-3

And of course a huge thanks to Hexa for supporting the podcast, and our wonderful patrons! Check out Hexa below:
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2020-09-29
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Read_444 - Things Bitcoiners Don't Want to Hear [Shinobi]

"I am talking about the inability to confront shortcomings with layers of the system. The inability to confront substantial threats or attack surfaces that are not being worked on in terms of creating solutions and defenses." - Shinobi

Being bullish is tons of fun, and getting cosmic about the impact & world shattering implications of Bitcoin is even more so... but sometimes we need to take a sober step back, and remember that this is just code at the end of the day. It is a network, with trade offs, limitations, and many problems to overcome. A great piece from Shinobi (@brian_trollz) taking a hard look at Lightning, mining, and Bitcoin's censorship resistance as it stands today, and reminding us to stay focused on the problems, not get lost in our dreams of the future.

Check out the original and drop some applause at the link below:
https://medium.com/block-digest-mempool/things-bitcoiners-dont-want-to-hear-33823c2e984

A huge thank you to my Patrons, and of course Hexa Wallet for supporting the podcast! This is only possible with your support, and it is massively appreciated. Don't forget to download and check out Hexa if you haven't yet. A Bitcoin-only, non-custodial, seedless, mobile wallet with tons of cool features. Find them at Hexawallet.io or on Twitter at @HexaWallet

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2020-09-25
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Read_443 - On Bitcoin's User Experience [DerGigi]

?Some concepts are essen­tial, removing them because you want a better UX might turn out to be fatal.? - Gigi

En excellent piece from SwanBitcoin blog today by the one and only Gigi. Thoughts on the trade-offs, the previous leaps that have been made, and the distance still to go on the problem of Bitcoin?s user experience. Plus, Guy talks about what it was like using Bitcoin in the ?good ol? days? before seed phrases and deterministic wallets.

Check out the crazy images of the early internet and links to check out more in the original article below:
https://www.swanbitcoin.com/on-bitcoins-ux

Don?t forget to follow Gigi on social media for more awesome work:
https://twitter.com/dergigi

Check out today?s sponsor! Download the Hexa Wallet at the link below or on the Google or Apple App stores.
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Other great tools mentioned in this episode to check out for the tinkerers out there!
Hexa Wallet
Casa Multisig wallet
Green Wallet
Strike
Breez Lightning
Pheonix Lightning
Caravan Multisig by Unchained
Lily Wallet
Umbrel
Lunanode
Cobo Vault
Foundation Passport

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2020-09-23
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Read_442 - DLCs are on Bitcoin! New Functionality & Potential [Ben Carman]

"DLCs are uniquely positioned to bring smart contracting to Bitcoin using oracle contracts that are much more private and scalable than previously thought possible." - Ben Carman

Ben Carman, a developer with the awesome team at SuredBits, drops a BitcoinMagazine article today laying out Discreet Log Contracts and how they can be an exciting new addition to the functionality and power of the Bitcoin system. Privacy, cost savings, and non participating oracles to real world events; DLCs bring a new layer to both decentralizing markets on Bitcoin & the Lightning network. Listen to today's episode to find out more!

Check out the SuredBits blog for tons of awesome work about DLCs and so many other great technologies being built on Bitcoin:
https://suredbits.com/category/discreet-log-contracts/

Find the original article and tons of other great works at BitcoinMagazine below. Stay up on new events and learn tons about Bitcoin!
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/dlcs-are-on-bitcoin-bringing-new-functionality-and-major-potential

A thanks to today's sponsor Hexa Wallet and the killer wallet they are building! Seedless backups, built in batching, multisig savings, & more! Hit me up if you want to be one of my contacts!
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2020-09-22
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Chat #47 - Magic Gold with Michael Saylor

Today we bring on Michael Saylor, CEO of MicroStrategy after they have announced a $425 million investment into Bitcoin. With a move to making Bitcoin their dominant treasury reserve asset, we talk all about fundamental shifts in technology, the innovation of Bitcoin as a monetary asset, the dematerialization of money, and the impact it will have on the future.

Don't forget to follow Michael on social media and check out his excellent book "The Mobile Wave" for some interesting thoughts on past technological shifts:
https://twitter.com/michael_saylor
https://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Wave-Intelligence-Change-Everything/dp/1593157207/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+mobile+wave&qid=1600459046&sr=8-1

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2020-09-18
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Read_441 - Bitcoin, A Novel Economic Institution by ARKinvest [Part 2]

"Instead of relying on accountants, regulators, and the government, Bitcoin relies on a global network of peers to enforce rules, shifting enforcement from manual, local, and inconsistent to automated, global, and predictable." - Yassine Elmandjra

Finishing out the great investment thesis on Bitcoin by Yassine from ARKinvest. Now the we have broken down the 4 critical economic assurances for prosperity and how the trust-based model has failed to deliver them... how does Bitcoin compare as a financial institution? Does it truly provide these assurances in a unique way, and how strong are they?

Today's read is the second half of Bitcoin: A Novel Economic Institution:
Link to the full paper - https://ark-invest.com/white-papers/bitcoin-part-one/

Get a head start on Part 2 by going to the ARKinvest site below:
https://ark-invest.com/white-papers/

Another great piece by Yassine covered on the show,
Winner Takes All, or Winner Takes Most? - https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_204---Winner-Takes-All--or-Winner-Takes-Most--Misir-Mahmudov--Yassine-Elmandjra-e30vht

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2020-09-17
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Read_440 - Bitcoin, A Novel Economic Institution by ARKinvest [Part 1]

"If one transaction can be censored and controlled, can?t all transactions be censored and controlled? Can?t the powers-that-be deprive participants of the ability to exchange value globally and freely?" - Yassine Elmandjra

Starting into the first half of a great investment thesis on Bitcoin by Yassine from ARKinvest. Digging into the core economic assurances of the financial system and how the legacy, trust based model of financial authority has failed in providing them. Where have they broken down, and what has fundamentally caused it? And how does it compare to the unique economic tool of Bitcoin?

Today's read, Bitcoin: A Novel Economic Institution [Part 1]
Link to the full paper - https://ark-invest.com/white-papers/bitcoin-part-one/

Another great piece by Yassine covered on the show,
Winner Takes All, or Winner Takes Most? - https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_204---Winner-Takes-All--or-Winner-Takes-Most--Misir-Mahmudov--Yassine-Elmandjra-e30vht
And Hasu's excellent piece,
Promise of Independent Property Rights - https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_225---Bitcoin--the-Promise-of-Independent-Property-Rights-Hasu--Su-Zhu-e3j6b8

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2020-09-17
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Read_439 - Genesis Files: Hal's Quest for Digital Cash [Aaron van Wirdum]

"Most Cypherpunk veterans on the Cryptography mailing list had by then seen one too many electronic cash experiments come and go, without any real successes to account for..."

"But Hal Finney, ever the optimist, wasn?t ready to give up." - Aaron Van Wirdum

Another in the amazing "Genesis Files" series from Bitcoin Magazine, Aaron walks us through the history and the legacy of Hal Finney. From the introduction to the cypherpunks list, to the implementation of RPOW, all the way to Hal "running Bitcoin." Another excellent installment. If you want to learn more about the history of the cypherpunks and the forefathers of the Bitcoin system, the Genesis files is not to be missed.

Link to the original, with the other installments linked below:
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/the-genesis-files-how-hal-finneys-quest-for-digital-cash-led-to-rpow-and-more

Genesis Files: Chaum's eCash
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_058---The-Genesis-Files-How-David-Chaum-Spawned-a-Cypherpunk-Dream-e2ndsp
Genesis Files: Wei Dai's B-Money
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_107---If-Bitcoin-Had-a-First-Draft--Wei-Dais-B-Money-Was-It-Aaron-Van-Wirdum-e2ndra
Genesis Files: Adam Back's Hashcash
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_095---The-Genesis-Files-Hashcash-or-How-Adam-Back-Designed-Bitcoins-Motor-Block-e2ndrl
Genesis Files: Szabo's BitGold
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_111---Genesis-Files---With-Bit-Gold--Nick-Szabo-Was-Inches-From-BTC--Aaron-Van-Wirdum-e2ndr5

Hal's Bitcoin & Me:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Hals-Day---Bitcoin--Me-reboot-eiq0gl

A huge thanks to Bitcoin Magazine and the Let's Talk Bitcoin Network!

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2020-09-16
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Guy's Take - Open Source Society in a Patented World [#31]

In a world drowning in patent trolls, insane intellectual property restrictions, and a reality where someone who neither can build a product, nor came up with the idea, could make millions by suing those who wish to use it... how can we protect an open source ethos in the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency space? How do we defend an alternative financial system from the intellectual prisons of the legacy system it is replacing?

Another major initiative is bringing us one step closer to that future thanks to Square, the owner of Cash App. Behind major donations to developers, even those who are anonymous, a new move to protect individual developers, projects, and even major companies from the turbulent environment of patent aggressors has been launched.  We dig into COPA and the need for continuing the open source ethos of Bitcoin in today's Guy's Take episode!

What are the morality & ethics of Intellectual Property? Check out my recent conversation with the one and only Stephan Kinsella:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Chat-46---Stephan-Kinsella-on-Intellectual-Property-in-the-age-of-Bitcoin-ej9fto

An old, but great article from Bitcoin Magazine about previous troubles in the patent arena & Blockstream's previous work in defending the market:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_020---There-is-a-Bitcoin-Patent-War-Going-On-e2ndu8

And of course learn about or join the "Crypto Open Patent Alliance" if you are building a project or want to know more at the link below:
open-patent.org

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2020-09-14
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Read_438 - Blockchain Proof of Work is a Decentralized Clock [grisha]

"This explanation rests on illustrating a few interesting properties of how Proof-of-Work is used in the blockchain that are not immediately obvious and sometimes are rather counter-intuitive, for example how participants collectively solve a problem without ever communicating." - grisha

While we incessantly focus on the side-effects of the proof-of-work system in Bitcoin, the security it attributes to the Bitcoin history, the incentive structure it enables, etc, we can often forget the reason Satoshi himself stated for its use: to enable a distributed timestamp server. i.e. a decentralized clock.

An epic piece from @humblehack posted back in January 2018 on his blog at grisha.org. Check out the original and many other works at the link below:
https://grisha.org/blog/2018/01/23/explaining-proof-of-work/

Other great reads to dig further into the concepts:
The Drunkard's Walk: https://amzn.to/2Mzzr2K
Fooled By Randomness: https://www.amazon.com/Fooled-Randomness-Hidden-Markets-Incerto/dp/0812975219/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=fooled+by+randomness&qid=1599781258&s=books&sr=1-1
Bitcoin Astronomy: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_303---Bitcoin-Astronomy-Part-1---Dhruv-Bansal-e6eqo5

Thanks to Marty & Chris from TFTC for bringing this to my attention again:
Episode 188: https://anchor.fm/tales-from-the-crypt/episodes/188-Chris-Bendiksen-ein7nj

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2020-09-11
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Read_437 - A Monetary Layer for the Internet [Thibaud Marechal]

"The project was initially understood as yet another doomed attempt to construct a digital currency by the disillusioned cypherpunk community. And without anyone?s permission, Bitcoin slowly emerged and diligently grew to become adopted by a small group of computer researchers, cryptographers and engineers curious to decipher the technology."  - Thibaud Marechal

Another great article at Bitcoin Magazine on the history of the internet, and how Bitcoin finally fulfills the ultimate vision of a monetary protocol native to the world wide web. After decades of failed attempts, we finally have an independent, decentralized, native language for communicating, verifying, and exchanging value in cyberspace. A new world is born.

The original article and a bunch of other great piece can be found at Bitcoin Magazine below:
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/a-monetary-layer-for-the-internet

Links to other episodes and works mentioned in today's show:
Guy's Take - The Internet is Too Complex to Work
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/GuysTake_008---The-Lightning-of-my-TCP--or-How-the-Internet-is-Too-Complex-to-Work-e32omd
The Bitcoin Survivor's Book List:
https://thecryptoconomy.com/bitcoin-survivors-book-list/

Stack sats automatically in your DCA Bitcoin savings plan at SwanBitcoin.com/Guy and get $10 for FREE to start off!

Much love to the Let's Talk Bitcoin Network for sharing this show out with their audience, and the other excellent shows they produce for the Bitcoin space!

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2020-09-09
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Bitcoin is One for All - By Parker Lewis

Unabridged, Uninterrupted, & unmatched. Parker Lewis's most recent installment of the "Gradually, Then Suddenly" series.

Read the original and check out the data accompanying the piece at the Unchained Capital Blog below:
https://unchained-capital.com/blog/bitcoin-is-one-for-all/

Check out the entire Gradually, Then Suddenly playlist on Spotify here:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4NRn7e8FbNtoCLSigf8GV4?si=RnrAdkrSTmmMrh6rECxrbg

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2020-09-08
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Chat #46 - Stephan Kinsella on Intellectual Property in the age of Bitcoin

"I was just amazed when Bitcoin emerged, and I'm like 'I think someone finally cracked this and figured it out,' it's ingenious right?" - @NKinsella

Stephan Kinsella joins us today for a fascinating discussion on the morality and concept of property in the digital age. Is it possible to own Bitcoin? Do we legally own it, or are we simply the ones in control via the rules of the Bitcoin system?

Follow Stephan Kinsella for more excellent Austrian knowledge and brilliant takes on social media by his twitter profile (https://twitter.com/NSKinsella) and/or check out some of his other amazing work and appearances at Stephankinsella.com

Check out the extraordinary book that inspired this discussion available for free by the Mises Institute!
Against Intellectual Property: https://mises.org/library/against-intellectual-property-0

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2020-09-08
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Read_436 - Don't Fear the Reaper [Nic Carter]

"Bitcoin?s supply schedule cannot change, because Bitcoin is the supply schedule. Any alteration produces something that is decidedly non-Bitcoin." - Nic Carter

Nic does it again with a great piece on the potential future where inflation is needed to "secure" Bitcoin in the post reward era. Will it still be Bitcoin? Can it be secured? Does it mean a change it baked in already? Find out in this excellent piece from Nic, "Don't Fear the Reaper!"

Drop some hella applause on the original at his medium page below:
https://medium.com/@nic__carter/dont-fear-the-reaper-8bbb42358efb

For some other great works mentioned in this episode, these are great further "readings" on the topic:
21 Million is Non-Negotiable:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_411---21-Million-is-Non-Negotiable-Phil-Geiger-eg6fbd
Unpacking Bitcoin's Social Contract:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_198---Unpacking-Bitcoins-Social-Contract-Hasu-e2oct5
A Most Peaceful Revolution:
https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/CryptoQuikRead_293---A-Most-Peaceful-Revolution-Nic-Carter-e5bfpm

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2020-09-04
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Read_435 - Discovering Bitcoin #7 - Missing Pieces [Giacomo Zucco]

"As we conclude our ?Discovering Bitcoin? series, we will build on the use of digital signatures and of the CoinJoin paradigm to explore concepts of unique chronology, mining fees and off-chain transactions." - Giacomo Zucco

The conclusion of the amazing "Discovering Bitcoin" series, starting from cavemen and the very concept of hardness all the way to off-chain payments and the Lightning network! Listen to the entire series for the conceptual history of money, its virtualization, its corruption, its redesign, and the new paradigm we are now entering. A huge thanks to Giacomo for putting this together and to Bitcoin Magazine for having such awesome content to cover!

Check out the previous parts if you haven't yet!
Part 1 - About Time: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_422---Discovering-Bitcoin---From-Cavemen-to-Lightning--Part-1-Giacomo-Zucco-ehdkrb
Part 2 - About People: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_424---Discovering-Bitcoin-2---About-People-Giacomo-Zucco-ehgquv
Part 3 - Introducing Money: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_426---Discovering-Bitcoin-3-Introducing-Money-Giacomo-Zucco-ehphre
Part 4 - A Wrong Turn: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_428---Discovering-Bitcoin-4---A-Wrong-Turn--A-New-Plan-Giacomo-Zucco-ei2k64
Part 5 - Digital Scarcity: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_429---Discovering-Bitcoin-5---Digital-Scarcity-Giacomo-Zucco-ei9ln3
Part 6 - Digital Contracts: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_432---Discovering-Bitcoin-6---Digital-Contracts-Giacomo-Zucco-eil37c

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Much love to the Let's Talk Bitcoin Network for sharing this show out with their audience, and the other excellent shows they produce for the Bitcoin space!

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2020-09-02
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Read_434 - Bitcoin is One for All - Part 2 [Parker Lewis]

"The same is not true of the current monetary system. In the current structure, dollars can either be earned by delivering value to others within the economy, or conversely, if the Fed decides to hand out more money. And this happens quite frequently. Of all the dollars that exist today, over 80% have been created and allocated by the Fed since 2008"  - Parker Lewis

The conclusion of Bitcoin is One for All, the latest installment of the Gradually, then Suddenly series by Parker Lewis. What is the true price setter in the economy? How is imbalance sustained for so long? What does the alternative look like? And will Bitcoin only benefit the rich, or is it one for all? Don't miss the rest of this amazing piece at Unchained-capital.com

Read the original and check out the data to visualize these effects and arguments at the link below:
https://unchained-capital.com/blog/bitcoin-is-one-for-all/

Check out the entire Gradually, Then Suddenly playlist on Spotify here:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4NRn7e8FbNtoCLSigf8GV4?si=RnrAdkrSTmmMrh6rECxrbg

And don't forget to secure your future with the lowest cost, automatic Bitcoin purchase savings plan at SwanBitcoin.com/guy - Plus get $10 in sats for FREE! Support the show, secure your future, and stack sats at Swanbitcoin.com

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2020-09-02
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Read_433 - Bitcoin is One for All - Part 1 [Parker Lewis]

"By manipulating price levels, the Fed isn?t just preventing smaller intermittent fires from naturally running their course while creating larger fires down the road. Instead, think of the Fed?s actions as the arsonist that lights a fire, leaves through the back door in the middle of the night, and then is celebrated as the hero when it arrives through the front door to fight the fire with gasoline." - Parker Lewis

May the "Gradually, then Suddenly" series never stop!! Another fantastic piece from returning author Parker Lewis and the amazing Unchained Capital Blog. We read the first half of the latest in the series, "Bitcoin is One for All." The nature of prices, the nature of the Fed, the imbalances in the economy, the arsonist starting the fire, and the gasoline that makes the burn hot, fast, and impossible to stop. The very mandate of the Fed is antithetical to the nature of money. Find out why in this excellent new installment.

Read the original and check out the data to visualize these effects and arguments at the link below:
https://unchained-capital.com/blog/bitcoin-is-one-for-all/

Check out the entire Gradually, Then Suddenly playlist on Spotify here:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4NRn7e8FbNtoCLSigf8GV4?si=RnrAdkrSTmmMrh6rECxrbg

And don't forget to secure your future with the lowest cost, automatic Bitcoin purchase savings plan at SwanBitcoin.com/guy - Plus get $10 in sats for FREE! Support the show, secure your future, and stack sats at Swanbitcoin.com

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2020-09-01
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Hal?s Day - Bitcoin & Me [reboot]

Bringing back an old post for Hal?s Day. 6 years ago today we lost Hal Finney. This post was one of his last on the BitcoinTalkForums, knowing he would leave us soon, and how he saw his legacy. RIP Hal, we will see you again. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/message
2020-08-28
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Read_432 - Discovering Bitcoin #6 - Digital Contracts [Giacomo Zucco]

"In Part 6 of this ?Discovering Bitcoin? series, we will build on the idea of using digital puzzles as a way to reproduce scarcity, and on the importance of a supply-control mechanism to grant some hardness to digital money, to explore concepts of proving ownership through signatures and scripts, and the technique known as CoinJoin."  - Giacomo Zucco

Find the original article and links to the other great reads in this series at Bitcoin Magazine:
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/discovering-bitcoin-part-6-digital-contracts

Check out the previous parts if you haven't yet!
Part 1 - About Time: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_422---Discovering-Bitcoin---From-Cavemen-to-Lightning--Part-1-Giacomo-Zucco-ehdkrb
Part 2 - About People: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_424---Discovering-Bitcoin-2---About-People-Giacomo-Zucco-ehgquv
Part 3 - Introducing Money: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_426---Discovering-Bitcoin-3-Introducing-Money-Giacomo-Zucco-ehphre
Part 4 - A Wrong Turn: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_428---Discovering-Bitcoin-4---A-Wrong-Turn--A-New-Plan-Giacomo-Zucco-ei2k64
Part 5 - Digital Scarcity: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_429---Discovering-Bitcoin-5---Digital-Scarcity-Giacomo-Zucco-ei9ln3

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2020-08-25
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Masters & Slaves of Money - By Robert Breedlove

"Money is a tool for trading human time. Central banks, the modern-era masters of money, wield this tool as a weapon to steal time and inflict wealth inequality. History shows us that the corruption of monetary systems leads to moral decay, social collapse, and slavery. As the temptation to manipulate money has always proven to be too strong for mankind to resist, the only antidote for this poison is an incorruptible money ? Bitcoin."
- Robert Breedlove

This is the full, no commentary version of Breedlove's epic piece, "Masters & Slaves of Money." Find the link to his medium page and the original publication below:
https://medium.com/@breedlove22/masters-and-slaves-of-money-255ecc93404f

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2020-08-24
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