Bitcoin Audible

Bitcoin Audible

The Best in Bitcoin made Audible. Guy Swann makes the knowledge of Bitcoin, the world's most secure, independent money, accessible to everyone. Exploring Bitcoin from an investment perspective, economic analysis, its philosophical foundations, & technological primitives. Reading and distilling thousands of hours of others' works on Bitcoin, Guy explains everything you need to know.

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August 12, 2022 73 min

"These two jobs are almost always in tension. Any added protection to keep a bad actor out adds a risk that it may also trip up the owner, and any new backup or alternative way to access creates a new potential security hole." - @max_guise


Today we dive into a practical piece on how to build a unique self custody model that allows the user room to make mistakes, but still retain control, or the ability to recover their f...

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Following up on the release of Keet.io and a simple to use, responsive, encrypted, & scalable P2P data sharing protocol in Holepunch, its network backend, we bring the CEO of Holepunch Mathias Buus, and the CSO of Holepunch and CTO of Bitfinex, Paolo Ardoino on the show to talk about what the long term vision of this project truly is. This isn't just a better video chat app, this is the first building block in a plan to reb...

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"It’s not and never was about equality or perfection. It’s about fairness and consequence. Bitcoin is “Responsibility go Up” technology." - Aleks Svetski


The principles and rules of Bitcoin do not establish utopia, they do not create a perfect equality for all participants, instead it creates fairness and enforces equal responsibility on all who use the Bitcoin system. It is rules without rulers, it is a form of natural, inc...

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Orange pilling the everyday user with Mash. Combining simple, fast onboarding into the Lightning ecosystem and enabling a unique monetizing experience with micropayments and payment flows to any content imaginable. Author Jesse Berger joins to announce the experience available for exploring his book, Magic Internet Money. Pay for the book, or by the chapter, or the page. Pay only for what you want to read, and not a sat more.


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"Holepunch makes Hypercore more accessible by abstracting away low-level technical details of the protocol. It takes Hypercore one step further by simplifying the architecture and enabling more people to build apps with it — which enabled a single frontend developer to build Keet in under four months" - Namcios


Keet is going to change the game. P2P encrypted and decentralized, video, audio, and file sharing. Built on Holepun...

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July 27, 2022 165 min

"If a money (the most salable good) is easy to create more of, then any rational economic actor would just go out and create more money for herself, diluting the whole supply of it. If an asset has a monetary premium on top of its pure utility value, then it’s strongly incentivizing market participants to try to make more of it, and so only the forms of money that are the most resistant to debasement can withstand this challeng...

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“Fedi and Fedimint will help put monetary power back into the hands of everyone, everywhere,” said Fedi Inc. co-founder and CEO, Obi Nwosu, in a statement. “This creates brighter futures for billions and especially for those struggling under oppressive regimes, which ultimately makes the world a better place.” - Namcios


The cypherpunk mission of Chaumian Ecash may finally be realized, as a federated payment model on top of Bitcoin. ...

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"Like any powerful technology, bitcoin can be used for good or ill. As proponents of the technology like to say, bitcoin is “money for enemies” because it’s a bearer asset that can be verified rather than trusted, and it’s hard to block payments for anyone. It’s like a commodity; something that can be partially regulated within certain jurisdictions but that in the holistic sense, exists outside of anyone’s control." - Lyn ...

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"To put it into perspective, this international monetary system based around centrally-managed fiat currency is only 16 years older than me. My father was 36 when the US went off the gold standard. When I grew up, after a period of financial hardship, I began collecting gold and silver coins as a kid; my father gave me silver coins as savings each year.

The Swiss dropped their gold standard when I was twelve years old, which was...

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"If a money (the most salable good) is easy to create more of, then any rational economic actor would just go out and create more money for herself, diluting the whole supply of it. If an asset has a monetary premium on top of its pure utility value, then it’s strongly incentivizing market participants to try to make more of it, and so only the forms of money that are the most resistant to debasement can withstand this challeng...

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"Imposing limitations on monetary goods has always required tremendous amounts of time and energy, and trust. And yet, with all our efforts, we still have been unable to fix the supply of any of the modern monetary assets of the world. Someone, somewhere, has always found a way to increase the supply. Whether because of some emergency reason to protect the greater good, or out of sheer greed, or out of complete ignorance, human...

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"In a world awash in euphemisms and blatant lies, calling something by its proper name is rebellious in itself. Bitcoin is about freedom and self-sovereignty, not about asking for permission. It is about independence and verifiable truth; extreme ownership and responsibility; hope and human rights.

The best way to fight bad ideas and bad terminology is with good ideas and good terminology. Thus, we should all make an effort to c...

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"People hold money to hedge against future uncertainty. This is why it is so crucial for a monetary system to optimize for minimizing its own uncertainty. Bitcoin’s purchasing power is an external quantitative risk that can be insured against, not an internal qualitative uncertainty." - Pierre Rochard


Link to the read:

https://pierre-rochard.medium.com/the-utility-of-saving-c56f7c170fc1


Check out Pierre on Twitter:

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What if, sitting in the middle of a chaotic monetary environment, increasing capital controls, balkanizing political regimes, a failing petrodollar hegemony, collapsing institutional trust, increased sanctions & weaponized infrastructure, & aggressive, widespread inflation... there sat a global, neutral, decentralized, robust, & incorruptible network to store and transfer value? What would it look like if that network w...

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I promised, and it's finally here. It's time to get a little perspective, with the price at all time lows, exchanges and lending platforms imploding, a massive crypto deleveraging event, the Fed tightening, and the market heading into deep recession... HOW could you be bullish? Because I'm paying attention. It's time to zoom out, focus our lens past all the noise, take a serious look at the past year in Bitcoin, to ...

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"Coding, mining, infrastructure, and markets are all independent, happening in competing jurisdictions and geopolitical rivals, often done by anonymous or pseudonymous actors, all with different philosophies and goals, but with one uniting motivation: to keep Bitcoin going." - Alex Gladstein


Bringing back an article from a year ago from the always fascinating Alex Gladstein. "Can Governments Stop Bitcoin" is a short ...

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"Base money is a liability of the central bank, and it’s used as a reserve asset by commercial banks. Broad money is the liability of commercial banks, and it’s used as a savings asset by the public. Treasuries are liabilities of the federal government, and they’re used as collateral by the central bank and commercial banks.

In other words, liabilities are collateralized by other liabilities, all the way down." - Lyn Alden


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With the markets in chaos, with services halting withdraws, & Everyone's a Scammer" by Michael Goldstein, is one of those works. Another piece that stood the test of time made available by the Nakamoto Institute, not to be missed by any serious Bitcoiner out there.


Don't forget to check out Goldstein's amazing work and the enormous collection of quintessential Bitcoin writings over at the Nakamoto Institute:

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"Bitcoin is a lifeboat on the sinking fiat ship. Lifeboats on a sinking ship don’t need a marketing department." - Francis P.


As New York puts a ban on Bitcoin mining in the state, as the white house decides it's going to come up with "Bitcoin mining policy guidance," it seems like a good time to prepare our response. Cry Harder. Francis Pouliot brings us a fun and short exploration of Brandolini's law, the p...

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"The reverse of that process – a so-called “death spiral” – was inevitable. Any time the immeasurably over-levered global fiat monetary system, for whatever reason, experienced one of its periodic external shocks that skyrockets immediate demand for actual US dollar liquidity, UST investors would demand USD liquidity faster than the brittle and fundamentally flawed Terra ecosystem could provide. At some point, one UST would be ...

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