Hosts Chanel Li and Ragnar Lifthrasir arm you with the tools and stories to help you thrive and survive the cyberpunk dystopia.
Today we speak with Josh Humphrey, the author of a primer on financial resilience and online privacy using freedom tech. He shares his seven points from the primer: 1) The outrage mob wants to destroy anything of controversy or good humor. 2) Don’t put your real name on anything. 3) Pay with Bitcoin. 4) Only accept Bitcoin (Use BTCPayServer). 5) Use Nyms and PO boxes. 6) Encourage and use mixing technologies. 7) Educate your customers.
At home engineering triples the speed of firearm and ammo innovation. “Suck Boy Tony” might have the funniest pseudonym in 3D printed guns, but he’s deadly serious when it comes to firearms. As a combat engineer in the army, he searched for and blew up IEDs. Now he’s combining that experience with his college civil engineering courses to produce the largest known caliber 3D printed gun. Tony’s .50 Caliber Bolter pistol solves the pressure and stress challenges through an innovative hybrid cartridge-chamber, upper receiver engineering, and novel components. This episode will double your gun design IQ.
Protect yourself from mobs and financial crises. How do you survive a global financial depression? How do you protect yourself from internet mobs who try to destroy your ability to financially provide for you and your family? Today we speak with Lee Enfield, the pseudonymous founder of En Bloc Press. We discuss how and why he learned to code for financial self-defense after exiting the military during the 2007 financial crisis. Lee shares how he uses anonymity to protect himself and why separating your identity from your money is so critical.
How ridiculous can you make a gun with 3d printing? Innovators are creating all sorts of Frankenstein guns with 3d printing, and today’s guest has some notable ones. Vinh Nguyen is a designer and programmer who combines a passion for absurdity with sound engineering. He took a Heritage Rough Rider revolver with a 16″ barrel and added a 3D printed shroud and buffer tube adapter for the grip, turning it into a cyberpunk rifle. We discuss Vinh’s other projects such as the HP22 frame, possibly the smallest 3D printed frame. We finish the episode with Vinh sharing his thoughts as a Vietnamese American on hoplophobes using racism to push gun control.
What do Bitcoin and guns have in common that makes them a tool for asymmetric defense? “Come and take it” is the mantra of free men. But is it just an idea? How do we make it real? Today we speak with Jameson Lopp, a self-described “professional cypherpunk” and the Co-founder and CTO of Bitcoin protection company Casa. Using real world examples, we discuss how cryptography and firearms can fail or succeed to protect our digital and physical property. For digital property, we delve into the story of Larry Harmon, the CEO of Coin Ninja who was arrested for allegedly laundering $300 million with a bitcoin mixer, and subsequently had all of his bitcoin hardware wallets seized by the Department of Justice. For physical property, we analyze the 2014 Bundy standoff, an armed confrontation between federal law enforcement and militia member supporters of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy. We close the episode discussing how 3D printed guns meld cryptography with firearms – the apotheosis of “Come and take it”.
Julia Touranski was one of the first “Bitcoin evangelists” and is the author of “The Declaration of Bitcoin’s Independence.” Returning to the podcast, Julia shares stories of luck, skill, and generosity. We ask the questions, if you’re poor, can bitcoin help you? If you’re bitcoin rich should you prepare for doomsday? Julia shares her opinion on the wealth of some bitcoiners and why Edward Snowden and others have criticized them for not giving financial support to causes they claim to support. We finish the episode talking about using bitcoin for 3D gun printing and a financial collapse.
Today we speak with Jeff Rodriguez, who aims to be the Linus Torvalds of the 3d gun printing world. By putting his designs into the public domain and using the Linux style distribution model, he’s adding fuel to the fire of distributed manufacturing. Jeff is best known for a 3D printed shotgun, built on his 12k Liberator platform. This design platform offers various calibers such as .357 and .44 Magnum rounds in a pump action zigzag revolver. We also speak with Jeff about the risks of him not being pseudonymous, his 3D printed shotgun shells, and the progress of DIY ammo. Jeff is a presenter at the Bear Arms N’ Bitcoin 2020 conference.
“Be unmovably reasonable”. If a lawyer says it, it must be true! Today we speak with Matthew Larosiere, the Director of Legal Policy at the Firearms Policy Coalition. We discuss why 3D printed guns are protected free speech and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is unconstitutional against individuals. Matt explains how Heller and McDonald incorporated the 2nd Amendment against the states. We also dive into 3D printed guns and the legal and personal stratagies to defend the production of DIY weapons.
“Laughter is ammo and bitcoin funds it”. CTRL + Pew’s HiPoint 3D printed pistol and 3D Printable AR15/AR9 80% receiver milling jigs. How 3d gun printing lowers the cost of guns, and thus allows more people to exercise their right to bear arms. Designing a 3D printed narwhal tusk as a political statement and a tool for Londoners to defend themselves from future Jihadist terrorism. Using a bitcoin bounty to motivate people to make a DIY gun barrel using ECM
“Find likeminded people and build temporary autonomous zones”. If you’re a protestor in Hong Kong fighting the Chinese police, how would you set up a mobile 3D printed gun workshop and deliver firearms anonymously to freedom fighters? How would you pay for materials? How would you build a network of trusted people to help you? In this episode we speak with Frank Braun, a “cypherpunk, cryptoanarchist, privacy extremist, and dark net aficionado”. Frank shares three strategies for freedom: Temporary Autonomous Zones, Drop Gangs, and a community of like-minded friends in the real world. We discuss how to apply and combine these with DIY guns and bitcoin, while we still can.
“Drugs are a gateway to Bitcoin, Tor, and podcasting in Latin America”. The host of the popular podcast “What Bitcoin Did”, Peter McCormack, shares his story of using the darknet marketplace the Silk Road to buy cocaine. And later on a different marketplace bought medication in a last ditch effort to save his mom from dying of cancer. These experiences forever altered Peter’s life. He shares his journey to defeat addiction, his connection to Ross and Lyn Ulbricht, and his experiences with the unbanked in Latin America using bitcoin.
Immigration, globalism, neoliberal economics, and war gutted the middle and working class. If you want to gain be angered, informed, and entertained by what the corporate-government State has done to the American Dream, listen to this episode. We speak with attorney and bitcoin software contributor Jeff Vandroux, to track down the complicated answer. Jeff traces the government – corporate actions from the end of WWII to present day. For the remaining 40 minutes, Ragnar and Jeff go back and forth analyzing the four interplaying forces that killed the American Dream, ending on what can be done about it.
“We continue to defy what’s possible with 3D gun printing”. 3D gun printing is hard work, and our guest today is one of the hardest working gun printers. Incarbonite has built or tested just about every 3D printed gun and part that the Deterrence Dispensed team has produced since its inception. In this episode we discuss Incarbonite’s experience, starting from building DIY guns at home as a kid to today’s most recent and cutting edge 3D printed creations.
Financial censorship is a powerful new tool to suppress free speech by threatening, and sometimes ruining, people’s financial lives. While governments have varying restraints on censoring speech, private enterprises and outrage mobs do not. When two of these three groups work together to silence dissidents, individuals have few defenses. In this episode we speak with Preston Byrne, an attorney focused on cryptocurrency and tech, who has written and spoken on this trinity of financial censorship.
“Death is not the worst of evils”. In an age of risk aversion and talkers, JStark1809 stands out as a man taking big risks, working tirelessly to build a gun that can be made at home, almost anywhere in the world, regardless of gun control laws. He calls it the FGC-9. Can you guess what those three letters stand for? JStark is a modern European in an American Revolutionary War general’s body.
If criminals threaten your life to steal your bitcoin, what’s your plan to defend yourself? In this episode we speak with Coinsure, a Python programmer and former police officer, who at one time guarded the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Coinsure gives us a primer on physical security in bitcoin. Our first mission here at GnB is to help you protect your life and your bitcoin. That’s why we created the Scorpion Case. And why we’re bringing you this episode.
“Sound money is necessary but insufficient to create prosperity”. Do Austrian Economics principles apply to bitcoin as it functions today? And if so, how do those principles enable bitcoin to help poor people? What other factors besides sound money are necessary to create prosperity? In this episode, Ragnar debates these questions with Stephan Livera, a speaker on Austrian Economics and the co-founder of the Australian Bitcoin education venture Ministry Of Nodes.
Bitcoin has made many people rich, but has bitcoin helped any poor people? Should it? Can it? In this special episode, Ragnar and Chanel sit down to discuss the surprising responses to the following tweet from Ragnar, “The poorest people can’t invest in bitcoin. They don’t have enough money to pay rent or buy food. How are they going to sit on $50 for four years? And this isn’t just in 3rd world countries. This is in Western countries. In fact, a lot of people in Western countries.” The replies varied, from callous to inspiring, from condescending to insightful.
“We are living with Nazi gun laws in the United States”. Today’s guest is Jeff Kelman, who is writing his master’s thesis at Gratz College on the role of guns in the holocaust and other genocides. We delve into the strongest argument for the right to bear arms and the undeniable evil of the state using asymmetric armament to slaughter millions of civilians. There’s a saying, “Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. Jeff’s scholarship provides the historical facts and rigorous analysis to remember the past to prevent future genocides.
“Whose rights are we protecting?”. Jessica Solce is the Director, Producer, and Co-Editor of No Control, a highly acclaimed documentary about Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed’s efforts to unleash 3D printed guns upon the world. In this episode we discuss the film and connect to the present state of 3D printed guns and the various hydras that have spawned from the government clampdown on Defense Distributed.
There are risk takers, and then there’s Jake Hanrahan. He immerses himself in the most dangerous corners of the world as the founder of Popular Front – an independent, member funded conflict journalism collective. In this episode, Jake shares his extensive experience covering irregular warfare. We discuss hard hitting topics including: the dangers and strengths of tribes and religions, tactics guerrilla fighters have to fight off superior forces, gun ownership in Europe, the true causes of school shootings, how the demise of families and society lead to violence, and the fallout of technology and “cancel culture”.
“Legal stratagies to prevent bad guys from seizing your bitcoin”. In part II of the BitcoinGun Lawyer episode we start with a quick discussion on 3D gun printing and the 2nd Amendment. We then spend the remainder of time delving into the criminal, civil, and tax issues with bitcoin. We discuss the legal strategies and pitfalls as well as services to reduce your risks and improve your privacy.
“Know the law so you don’t break it”. This episode might keep you out of jail. We start out with pseudonymous Lawyer “Bitcoin_Lobby” explaining the three legal justifications for using deadly force. We then have an in-depth, detailed discussion of the various law deriving from the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendments that protect gun owners. BitcoinGun Lawyer also touches on how to defend yourself from civil lawsuits as well as landmark Supreme Court rulings protecting the 2nd Amendment.
Austin Jones is the Cofounder research organization Atlas Arms. Their first concept in development is the Dagny Dagger project – a new type of legally-unrestricted handgun ammunition. This will allow citizens the first legal access to armor-penetrating ammunition since 1986. The Dagger will also debut APHP (Armor-Penetrating Hollow Point) bullets, a novel projectile design which boasts superior armor penetration while expanding and fragmenting on soft, unarmored targets for multirole performance.
Ivan The Troll has emerged as one of the most prolific, innovative, and controversial members of Deterrence Dispensed, a decentralized 3D gun printing group built in the image of Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed. Multiple social media companies have banned him from their platforms including Twitter, Reddit, Youtube, and Facebook. In response, he and other members of Deterrence Dispensed have migrated to encrypted chat and file sharing applications. Ironically, these apps have enabled greater innovation, testing, and sharing of 3D printed guns and files.
In this episode you’ll get a comprehensive understanding of BTCPay Server and an admiration for a bitcoin builder. . We speak to Pavlenex, an entrepreneur and prolific contributor to BTCPay. He explains how BTCPay helps you route around financial censorship. With BTCPay server, you can accept bitcoin, create invoices, crowdfund, accept donations, accept Lightning Network payments, create a secure wallet, and set up an alternative to Patreon.
“Being left alone is not enough, update your philosophy”. If you don’t laugh, or aren’t offended by at least one remark by today’s guest, you’re not listening close enough. Julia Tourianski, known as “Brave The World” and “Your Hydra” is a provocateur, early bitcoiner, a “trad life” mother and wife, a deep broad thinker with a sharp wit. In this episode we take quick dives into deep topics.
“Don’t respect a system that disrespects you”. Our guest today is “Anti-Gunner Leaks”. He’s goes behind enemy lines to expose and sometimes stop the dirty secret tricks of anti-gun extremists in the media, government, and tech companies. A.G. Leaks recounts the development of 3D gun printing groups in the post – Cody Wilson era. He shares the high tech tactics they use to route around Silicon Valley’s attempt to sharing files of 3D printed guns.
For this inaugural episode we introduce ourselves, discuss our philosophy, and cover our future guests and topics.