Giacomo Zucco (@giacomozucco) is back. This time we consider the economic consequences of the coronacrisis, starting from a praxeological framework. Halfway the interview we forget that we're talking about corona altogether, and we discuss the merits of libertarianism, the non-aggression principle and property rights itself.
Tweet (and thread) that started it all: https://twitter.com/giacomozucco/status/1257435614464614402
Recorded: May 12, 2020 (epoch 4!)
Leo Wandersleb (@LeoWandersleb) is the lead developer of Mycelium and the founder of walletscrutiny.com. We mostly discuss walletscrutiny.com, which, as the name suggests, scrutinises wallets, most notably by checking if their builds are reproducible. We also discuss Mycelium, and briefly touch on the coronacrisis situation in Chile.
Recorded: May 6, 2020
The halvening in closing in...
Alejandro De La Torre (@bitentrepreneur) is VP at Poolin, one of the world's biggest Bitcoin mining pools. Using Poolin's internal data, he predicts how much hash rate will drop off from the network after the halvening. We also discuss the mining landscape more generally, as well as his Bitcoin Cash and Bitmain past.
Recorded: May 6, 2020
Sathvik Vishwanath (@sathvikv) is the cofounder and CEO of Indian bitcoin-exchange Unocoin. As opposed to Sunny Ray, Sathvik actually is based in India! (He lives close to Bangalore, where Unocoin is based.) We discuss corona in India, Bitcoin in India, and -- especially -- how the supreme court of India overturned the central bank's banking ban for cryptocurrency companies.
Recorded: May 1, 2020
Ben Arc (@BTCSocialist) is from Wales, but he's sitting out the coronacrisis in the middle of nowhere in Scotland. A tinkerer by nature, Ben has been hacking together PPE equipment with a 3D-printer as well as other tools that could be of use in this emergency. We also discuss the LNBits project he's been furthering, why a socialist is interested in Bitcoin, and more.
Recorded: April 30, 2020
A Bitcoin topic for a change. Chainsmiths managing director Kevin Loaec (@KLoaec) and Bitcoin developer Antoine Poinsot (@darosior) today proposed a new design for Bitcoin vaults. They came on the podcast to explain how these "Revault" vaults work, and why they are useful.
Bitcoin-dev list proposal: https://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg08823.html
Recorded: April 23, 2020
Jason Chew (@jasonchewyl) is a Bitcoin educator from Selangor, Malaysia. I got a bit bored by talking about the coronacrisis every episode, so I actually spoke with Jason mostly about Bitcoin in Malaysia and the solar power company he used to run in that country, and solar power more generally.
Recorded: April 22, 2020
Sunny Ray (@SunnyRayShow) is a cofounder of Indian bitcoin-exchange Unocoin. He actually moved back to Toronto a while ago, now works at Kraken, and has been getting a bit bored with the whole coronacrisis. So instead of corona in India, we discussed bitcoin in India, universal basic income, artificial intelligence, space travel, and a bit more general bitcoin stuff and more.
Recorded: April 19, 2020
Singapore was one of the Asian countries that seemed able to keep the coronavirus under control relatively well, but an outbreak appears to have hit the nation in recent days. Kenrick Drijkoningen (@KenrickLuneX), founding partner at Singapore-based venture capital firm for cryptocurrencies and blockchain companies Lune X, is back on the show to give me an update.
Recorded: April 18, 2020
Stephan Livera (@stephanlivera) is the host of the (you guessed it) Stephan Livera Podcast. He lives in Sydney, Australia, which is in lockdown like much of the world. We discuss the potential consequences of this lockdown for the economy, how we've gotten ourselves into this economic stranglehold, and why all of this may have played out very differently in a world where the Austrian school of economics would have more prevalence.
Recorded: April 15, 2020
Jameson Lopp is the co-founder and CTO of Casa, and lives in a mystery location somewhere in the USA. We discuss how the coronavirus interplays with the non-aggression principle (NAP), why (or whether) it's a good idea to get a gun, how bitcoin will perform in this economic crisis, and more.
Recorded: April 14, 2020
Was the virus a Chinese bioweapon? Is the Book of Revelations predicting what's coming next? Are we living in a simulation?
Three weeks ago, I got a message from prominent r/btc poster Kain_niaK (pseudonym, obviously) telling me that I was right about Bitcoin Cash, that I should read the bible, and survive. I invited him onto The Honey Badger Diaries to tell me more.
Recorded: April 14, 2020.
Albert Buu (@subnetmask) is the founder and CEO of Neutronpay. He lives in Saigon, Vietnam, a country that appears to be relatively successful at suppressing the cornavirus so far. We discuss how the Southeast Asian country is doing that, the economic prospects in the region, and Bitcoin's potential there.
Recorded: April 13, 2020.
In case you're new to Bitcoin... Adam Back (@adam3us) is a legendary cypherpunk, the inventor of Hashcash (the technology used for Bitcoin mining and cited by Satoshi Nakamoto in the Bitcoin white paper), and the CEO of Blockstream. We discuss the coronacrisis in Malta, where he lives, as well as the economic situation in light of the upcoming Bitcoin halvening, airline bailouts, basic income, GPS tracking, and more.
Recorded: April 12, 2020
Joshua Scigala (@JScigala), from Berlin, Germany, is the CEO of bitcoin-to-gold exchange Vaultoro. Joshua was a goldbug even before Bitcoin, and a prepper even before corona. We discuss the events in Germany over the past couple of weeks, the economic consequences, the viability of banks and the monetary system, and how we're supposed to get out of this.
Recorded: April 11, 2020.
Marcel Pechman (@noshitcoins) is a former equities trader turned Bitcoin Maximalist who writes for CoinTelegraph and several other publications. He lives in Campo Grande, Brazil. I chat with Marcel about the coronacrisis in Brazil, and the expected economic consequences from the crisis in his homecountry and abroad.
Recorded: April 10, 2020
Harmat Bálint (@bharmat84) is the CEO of zkSnacks, the company behind Wasabi Wallet. He lives in Budapest, Hungary, where president Viktor Orbán has used the coronacrisis to seize emergency powers to essentially give himself unlimited power. We discuss this, as well as the coronacrisis in Hungary and beyond more generally.
Recorded: April 9, 2020
Spain is now the country with the second highest number of confirmed cases in the world. Sergi Delgado (@sr_gi), a developer working on Eye of Satoshi Watchtowers for the Lightning Network, has been in lockdown near Barcelona for almost a month. We discuss how the country is being hit, the new tensions between Madrid and Catalunya (the region that wants independence from Spain), and a potential upcoming contact tracing app which might track Spanish citizens.
Recorded: April 8, 2020.
Hospitals full of body bags, police enforcing lockdown with paintball guns, bodies in the streets... the coronacrisis is hitting Ecuador hard. Steven Ettinger (@otoluxla) was on his way to a beach town in the Latin American country, when instead he was put into quarantine on arrival, and he is currently in lockdown in the country's capital of Quito.
Recorded: April 6, 2020
Sergej Kotliar is the CEO of Bitrefill. He's in Stockholm, Sweden, a country that has made a name for itself in recent weeks for taking very light touch on the coronavirus. We discuss what that looks like, and what the crisis means for Bitrefill and Bitcoin.
Recorded: April 4, 2020.
Iceland is high on the charts of both coronavirus tests per capita and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita. Kristjan Mikaelsson is the managing director of the Icelandic Blockchain Foundation and a miner on the island country. We discuss Iceland's corona-response, and also touch on the faith of auroracoin and the local mining industry.
Recorded: April 3, 2020
The 13th episode, so I wanted to make sure it was the worst one. I figured that having Junseth of Bitcoin Uncensored and Junseth's World fame on would do the trick, but he disappointed: the episode actually turned out to be quite interesting.
Recorded: April 2, 2020.
Am I causing panic? Are we being manipulated? Which narratives around and solutions for the coronavirus should we caution for? Greg Slepak (@taoeffect) joins me from the Bay Area to discuss what he thinks is and isn't going on.
Recorded: Tuesday the 31st of March, 2020.
Writing these intro texts is definitely the most boring part about podcasting.
Giacomo Zucco is the cofounder of Bcademy. Everyone knows him. Giacomo gives me an update on the coronavirus situation in Italy, and explains how he thinks a libertarian society would deal with the situation.
Recorded: Tuesday the 31st of March, 2020.
Shinobi is the cohost of the Block Digest podcast, and a well-known Twitter troll. He was the first person that I knew that was prepping and warning others to prep. I ask him why, which brings us to a conversation about the potential shift in geopolitics that the coronacrisis might just result in.
Recorded: Sunday the 29th of March, 2020.
Michael Folkson is the organizer of London Bitdevs, and a freelance contributor to Bitcoin Magazine. We discuss the United Kingdom's original herd immunity strategy, the precautionary principle, and what bitcoiners can do while in lockdown.
Recorded: Saturday the 29th of March, 2020.
Singapore is one of the Asian countries that has been able to keep the coronavirus under control relatively well. Kenrick is a founding partner of Lune X, a Singapore-based venture capital firm for cryptocurrencies and blockchain companies. While originally from The Netherlands, Kenrick has been living in Singapore for the past ten years. I speak with him on the Singaporean approach, and the difference with the Dutch approach.
Recorded: Saturday March 27, 2020
Eye witness report mentioned by Kenrick: https://www.facebook.com/mikedavie/posts/10156805716741456
Samson Mow is the CSO of Blockstream and the CEO of Pixelmatic. Spending his time between China and Canada, he gives his perspective on the coronacrisis in these two countries, and the differences between the eastern and western approach.
Recorded: March 26th, 2020.
Taiwan is only 100 miles of the Chinese coast, yet it has remained relatively clear of the coronavirus. David Hsiao AKA Crypto Godfather is the CEO of Block Journal. He grew up in the United States and is based in Beijing, but has been in Taipei for the past couple of months, where he witnessed the local response to the outbreak.
Recorded: Thursday the 26th of March, 2020.
Sjors Provoost is a Bitcoin Core contributor from Utrecht, The Netherlands. (That's where I live as well.) He's been keeping track of the Dutch coronacrisis developments and the government's coronavirus policy.
Recorded: March 24th, 2020.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the #coronavirus crisis to shut down courts and incapacitate the nation’s parliament, while the secret service is now using GPS tracking to follow every movement of Israeli citizens. Blockchain consultant Maya Zehavi from Tel Aviv shares her perspective on the local situation.
Recorded: Monday 23d of March, 2020.
Northern Italy is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. Mir is the CEO of Satoshi Design and a well-known Bitcoin cheerleader. Based in Milan, Mir has been right smack in the middle of the outbreak, and has been in lockdown for the past two weeks. We talk about how the situation in her region escalated, how Italians are dealing with the crisis, and if bitcoin serve a purpose in this environment.
Recorded: Sunday March 22nd, 2020.
Bruce Fenton is the CEO of Chainstone Labs, and currently volunteers for EndCoronaVirus.org. I speak with him on the situation in New Hampshire and the USA in general, his volunteer work to help get more ventilators to hospitals, and how bitcoin will perform in these circumstances.
Recorded: Friday March 20th, 2019
Leo Weese is the cofounder of the Bitcoin Association Hong Kong. I speak with him on how the people of Hong Kong seemed to have gotten the virus under control in an early stage, and on how the situation has been developing since. Leo also has Italian roots, and offered a perspective on the very different situations in both countries.