21: Crypto Anarchy Is Physical World Friends – Frank Braun

21: Crypto Anarchy Is Physical World Friends – Frank Braun

 
 
00:00 / 00:59:12
 
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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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Temporary Autonomous Zones (TAZ): Concept, purpose, and the advantages of using shipping containers
  • Using a TAZ shipping container as gun printing workshop
  • Crypto-Anarchy Tools: The pros and cons of using Keybase for Decentralized IDs, encrypted messaging, file sharing, and GIT
  • Bitcoin for grey market commerce, bounties, and crowdfunding
  • Drop Gangs: The evolution of dark net markets

RESOURCES

20: The Silk Road, Bitcoin, and Ross Ulbricht – Peter McCormack

20: The Silk Road, Bitcoin, and Ross Ulbricht – Peter McCormack

 
 
00:00 / 00:54:55
 
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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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Peter being impressed by the professionalism of the Silk Road – vendors, escrow, product, delivery, and bitcoin acceptance
  • Multiple health emergencies related to using cocaine
  • The death of his mother from cancer and how others have bought medications on darknet markets
  • Efforts to get a presidential pardon for Ross Ulbricht and ways to support him
  • Traveling to Latin America and seeing how the unbanked use bitcoin

SHOW NOTES

19: Four Horsemen Of The Middle Class Apocalypse – Jeff Vandroux

19: Four Horsemen Of The Middle Class Apocalypse – Jeff Vandroux

 
 
00:00 / 01:11:51
 
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Immigration, globalism, neoliberal economics, and war gutted the middle and working class

If you want to 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. In the first 20 minutes 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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • History of the Bretton Woods agreement and its demise with President Nixon closing the gold window
  • US fights inflation with high interest rates and deficits
  • Immigration together with globalization cut wages and depletes multiple industries
  • What people can do to overcome the collapse of the working and middle class

RESOURCES

18: Speak Softly And Carry A Big Printer – Incarbonite

18: Speak Softly And Carry A Big Printer – Incarbonite

 
 
00:00 / 00:48:19
 
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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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Advantages of 3D printed receivers over 80% complete receivers
  • The evolution and process of developing, testing, and marketing new designs
  • Using LBRY and Spee.ch to get around file hosting and sharing censorship
  • How the lower cost of using parts kits and 3D printed lowers the barrier of entry to gun ownership
  • What’s coming to 3D gun printing in 2020 and defying what’s possible
  • Using bitcoin to pay for 3D printed gun parts

RESOURCES

17: Defeating Financial Censorship Trinity – Preston Byrne

17: Defeating Financial Censorship Trinity – Preston Byrne

 
 
00:00 / 01:00:05
 
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Mobs, the State, and private enterprise partner to censor thought dissidents

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sides of the trinity: The State + mobs, private enterprise + the State, mobs + the State, with examples of each
  • “Mob-driven, extra-judicial denial of service”
  • Specific strategies to defeat each censor combination
  • Using bitcoin, alternative tech applications, and free speech supporting service providers
  • HODLing bitcoin doesn’t create censorship resistance
  • Trading the network effect for smaller, more free platforms

RESOURCES

16: Live Free Or Die With 3D Printed Guns – JStark1809

16: Live Free Or Die With 3D Printed Guns – JStark1809

 
 
00:00 / 00:50:52
 
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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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The story and meaning of “Live free or die – Death is not the worst of evils” said by General John Stark in 1809
  • Europe has an anti-gun culture because of its historically hierarchical society and the emigration of “free men” to America
  • Overview of JStark’s project gun, the FGC-9, “Fuck Gun Control – 9mm”
  • DIY guns are made of a combination of 3D printed components, off the shelf items, and standard gun parts
  • Prospects and importance of DIY ammunition
  • Making a gun barrel with a steel tube and ECM
  • The design and testing process of 3D printed guns, and collaboration using Keybase

RESOURCES

JStark1809 Deterrence Dispensed Live Free Or Die

15: Defending Your Bitcoin From Physical Attacks – Coinsure

15: Defending Your Bitcoin From Physical Attacks – Coinsure

 
 
00:00 / 01:05:01
 
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“I wish I wasn’t prepared” said no one ever

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Analysis of known physical Bitcoin attacks since 2014
  • Examination of situational awareness as the best proactive measure
  • Why things are stolen explained by the acronym C.R.A.V.E.D.
  • Practical advice for attack deterrence, with situational guidance for traveling, kidnapping, and trading
  • Advice for general security and tools that apply to areas beyond Bitcoin

RESOURCES

14: The Gift Of Bitcoin And Prudence – Cory Klippsten

14: The Gift Of Bitcoin And Prudence – Cory Klippsten

 
 
00:00 / 00:35:46
 
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Increase the value of bitcoin by education, time, and giving

Giving bitcoin with a tandem of strategy of education + timelocks increases the chance of successful investing and adoption. This episode features Cory Klippsten, the Founder of GiveBitcoin, a company that allows you to “Buy Bitcoin for friends and family, timelock it, and we’ll teach ’em what they need to know”.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The gift that people most want to receive is either something thoughtful, or money. With Bitcoin, you can give both.
  • How does bitcoin compare to other things, such as a savings bond, assets held in a trust.
  • Does a person’s financial situation make bitcoin a poor fit? Or a better fit?
  • Chicken and egg – need education to appreciate bitcoin, but need bitcoin as skin in the game to care about learning about bitcoin.
  • Could bitcoin be a bad gift? What if given at top of a market is bitcoin is unlocked at bottom of market?

RESOURCES

13: Bitcoin Prosperity Or Bitcoin Fantasy – Stephan Livera

13: Bitcoin Prosperity Or Bitcoin Fantasy – Stephan Livera

 
 
00:00 / 01:02:59
 
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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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Poverty is the default state of mankind
  • Defining not-poverty. Prosperity?
  • Factors of poverty to prosperity: Culture, IQ, values, natural resources, capital, technology, composition of economy, money
  • Role of money in poverty and prosperity
  • Bitcoin and poverty – theory of sound money leading to increasing value of currency, while creating a structural changes to an economy. Has bitcoin alleviated poverty in the past and present?

RESOURCES

12: Bitcoin, For Rich Or For Poor?

12: Bitcoin, For Rich Or For Poor?

 
 
00:00 / 00:30:31
 
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Staying alive is more important than owning bitcoin

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Being poor falls on a spectrum, defined by cash flow and living conditions
  • Stories of bitcoiners who became poor through bad luck
  • The five characteristics of bitcoin that make it a bad investment for the poor
  • Applying sound investment principles to bitcoin: Time horizon, risk tolerance, liquidity, and maintenance burden
  • Why poor people can’t and shouldn’t save money to buy bitcoin
  • Can earning bitcoin help the poor? Usually not
  • How bitcoin CAN help the poor
  • Bitcoin and the poor in Venezuela, Argentina, and Lebanon
  • Why the middle class have the most to gain from bitcoin

RESOURCES