Wake Up Podcast by Aleks Svetski
By Aleks Svetski
The world is largely asleep.
We're living in a time where our freedoms are slowly being encroached upon, but because we're addicted to menial crap, we ignore it.
Our money no longer represents our work, time or effort, the freedom to speak out is obstructed under the guise of "diversity and inclusion", privacy is no longer a right and surveillance has become mainstream "for our protection".
Wake up is dedicated to helping ensure V for Vendetta and 1984 remain works of fiction.
Topics will include Bitcoin, Money, Freedom, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Ethics and more
We're living in a time where our freedoms are slowly being encroached upon, but because we're addicted to menial crap, we ignore it.
Our money no longer represents our work, time or effort, the freedom to speak out is obstructed under the guise of "diversity and inclusion", privacy is no longer a right and surveillance has become mainstream "for our protection".
Wake up is dedicated to helping ensure V for Vendetta and 1984 remain works of fiction.
Topics will include Bitcoin, Money, Freedom, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Ethics and more
Ep 20: Bitcoin & Biology. Brandon Quittem, Gigi, Svetski. Wake Up Podcast
Wake Up Podcast by Aleks Svetski • By Aleks Svetski • Dec 13, 2020
Ep 20: Bitcoin & Biology. Brandon Quittem, Gigi, Svetski. Wake Up Podcast
Wake Up Podcast by Aleks Svetski • By Aleks Svetski • Dec 13, 2020
Ep 52 The Remnant Part 3. Francis Pouliot, Der Gigi, Pablo & Svetski.
Here we are. The REMNANT Round 3. With Francis Pouliot, Der Gigi, Pablo F7Z & myself; Svetski. This series of episodes have become a phenomenon of their own, and are always in the top 3-5 most listened to of anything I record. Remnant Pt 1: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod/episodes/Ep-27--The-REMNANT--Francis-Pouliot--Dave-Bradley--Svetski--Wake-Up-Podcast-epb763 Remnant Pt 2: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod/episodes/Ep-45-Remnant-Round-2--Francis-Pouliot--John-Vallis-on-The-Wake-Up-Podcast-e14etui Bitcoiners are the Remnant: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/bitcoiners-are-the-remnant If you're familiar with any of our work, you know what you're getting yourself into. If you're not, then prepare to get riled up. Remnant podcasts are always straight talking, no bullshit, unforgiving discussion about reality, Bitcoin, the sludge, the masses, the present, the future and the true hero's journey. In this episode, we cover: - A New Age of Empires & Kings - Fake Elite's VS Natural Elites - Preserving The Remnant Bloodline - The end of all Cycles as we know them "Bitcoin doesn’t just break all the models. It breaks all the cycles" - Bitcoin as the final cantillon effect, and the final exit point. - Low time preference humans who focus on morality and the preservation of their bloodline. - This is the new age of kings & queens. Of lords and noble families. - The real Elite. The Remnant. - The difference between The Remnant, The masses, and the Parasites. - Selective adoption VS mass adoption - Narrowcasting VS Broadcasting - Tribes & the exclusionary principle. - How does one prepare for the hero’s journey? - Last quarter of the hero’s journey. Return to the tribe & re-integration. And much more of course. This is one of those conversations that get's better as it goes. Remember to follow Gigi, Pablo & Francis: @DerGigi @francispouliot_ @pablof7z Check out https://amber.app https://bullbitcoin.com Finally, my work is now on: @GhostOfSvetski on Twitter https://svetski.medium.com https://bitcoinmagazine.com/authors/aleksandarsvetski
November 21, 2021
Ep 51. Told you so, with Mark Moss
Mark Moss, founder of Market Disruptors, on YouTube, and now on iHeart Radio. - Energy crisis all around the world - Fertiliser - Asia & India running out of coal (8 days of supply) - Supply chains breaking down - The fucking inflation. - Blackouts in Cali are coming for the rest of the world. - My brother - Russel Brandt - A collision between our desire to consume and our capacity to produce - Our founding fathers warned us of this and tried to write up a constitution that would save us from ourselves....but we found ways to tear it up. - Bitcoin is different though. It's not a piece of paper protected by the state. It's math and energy. - Why Bitcoin breaks all the cycles, not just the models - Before Bitcoin, After Bitcoin. - Discovery. Oil, Electricity, Communication Networks, Bitcoin - Behaviour & Human Action - Transforming the relationship between offence & defence. BECOME Sovereign - Market Disruptors Live - Bitcoin Timed Ed 4 @1MarkMoss on Twitter Mark Moss & Market Disruptors on YouTube ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter @GhostOfSvetski - IG @AleksSvetski (was my old Twitter too before I got banned) - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com - Bitcoin Magazine: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/authors/aleksandarsvetski More coming soon!
November 7, 2021
Ep 50: 2wks to flatten the world. Svetski Rant & Throwback to never-before published interview from 2020
Ep 50. Can't believe we've made it this far & not been cancelled yet..lol To commemorate 50 episodes, I'm gonna go on a rant about the 18mths of 2wks to flatten the curve, which has not just flattened the fucking world but transformed it into some r3tarded episode of the twilight zone. In it, you'll get to see me on a 30min, never-before published throwback interview from the Value of Bitcoin conference in 2020. I had a long ass beard, I was angry with the world and I'd just been triggered by a dumb ass from a well known Bitcoin business going all SJW and claiming "Bitcoin does not fix this".. I'm thinking of doing this every 50 episodes, so let me know if you think it's a good idea or not. Post my June 2020 rant, I review what I was right about and what I was not right about. I also took some time to call out frauds like Obi from Coinfloor and Fusitua from Tonga. We mashed up a bunch of scenes from the statist cuk scammers who've been lying to your face the entire time. I remind YOU as Bitcoiners that you hold the power long term. Boycott the frauds, the liars, the scammers and the charlatans. Thankyou to PlebMusic and GegelsMr for the assistance. They are joining the Wake Up team to make this podcast better across every dimension. As usual, enjoy, laugh, get angry. Emotions are good. Use them. Channel them toward something meaningful. I'm just here to remind you of what's real and what's false. It's then up to you to do something about it. ________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod https://twitter.com/WakeUpPodcast_ You can follow my work at: - Twitter @GhostOfSvetski - IG @AleksSvetski (was my old Twitter too before I got banned) - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com - Bitcoin Magazine: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/authors/aleksandarsvetski More coming soon!
October 24, 2021
Ep 45: Remnant Round 2. Francis Pouliot & John Vallis on The Wake Up Podcast
The latest REMNANT podcast, with Francis Pouliot, John Vallis & myself; Svetski. If you're familiar with any of our work, you know what you're getting yourself into. If you're not, then prepare to get riled up. This is a straight talking, no bullshit, unforgiving discussion about reality, Bitcoin, the sludge, the present, the future and the hero's journey. The original Remnant Pod is here: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod/episodes/Ep-27--The-REMNANT--Francis-Pouliot--Dave-Bradley--Svetski--Wake-Up-Podcast-epb763 In this episode, we cover: - The conference and the need for somewhere to fit in - Protecting The Remnant Bloodline - Competitive Dictatorships - A New Age of Empires & Kings - How to hook up with Bitcoiners in the Diaspora, - What it means to be a hero. - Fake VS Real Hero's - Rite of Passage (King, Warrior, Magician, Lover) - Maturing earlier. - Sexual Market Value - Elon is a DUMB CUNT & money transmission licenses - Modernity has made humans into pets in the pursuit of safety & comfort instead of freedom & growth. Much more as usual. This is one of those conversations that get's better as it goes. Remember to follow John & his work: @JohnKVallis on Twitter https://anchor.fm/john-vallis And Francis: @francispouliot_ https://bullbitcoin.com And my work is now on: @GhostOfSvetski on Twitter https://svetski.medium.com https://bitcoinmagazine.com/authors/aleksandarsvetski
September 20, 2021
Ep 49. Fuck your Great Reset. with LaserHodl, Mark Moss, Untapped Growth, Liberty Blitz
Welcome to a very special edition of Wake Up. Fuck your Great Reset, proudly brought to you by Svetski, Laser Hodl, Mark Moss, Michael Krieger, Joel Untapped and The Herbalist. A group of true elites get together to cover: 1. Where are we & what’s happening? - What’s going on with the Monetary Reset / Great Rest - Agenda or Cluster fuck? 2. The counter-narrative - Sovereign Individualism - Natural Order - Decentralisation 3. Strategies (& Psychology) - How we’re navigating that space - What’s on the radar - What are the priorities? BITCOIN IS HOPE Svetski Plays devil's advocate: - What does one have to gain from an engineered shitstorm? - Complex systems are impossible to engineer. - Would this not just be the NATURAL outcome of a group of humans who’s action is no longer tethered to reality? - Is it not the pathway a sentient species MUST go through in order to reach “Energy Money”? Because Energy Money is the goal. Is Bitcoin inevitable? It’s not technology per-se that breaks the cycle. It’s the discovery of perfect money which ties all human action to real & immediate consequences. Bitcoin is the Sun that melts Icarus Wings, and allows Gravity (reality) to catch up sooner. Fake elites have always envied the true elite. They’ve always wanted to use the masses against the remnant. The LaserHodl Model: A Communist / Social credit Front End A Techno-Fascist Back End Cloaking the message in Social Justice Bitcoin breaks not only all the models, but all the cycles. This ain't just some random 4th turning shit. This is the transition from a Type 0 civilisation to a Type 1. BITCOIN IS ENERGY MONEY. It must be discovered in order for a sentient species to continue to exist. And sooooo many more soundbites in this one. You people are gonna fucking LOVE it. Follow these fine gentlemen on Twitter at: @1MarkMoss @LaserHodl @LibertyBlitz @UntappedGrowth And thank you to @TheHerbalist for being the impetus for us to put this together. ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter @GhostOfSvetski - IG @AleksSvetski (was my old Twitter too before I got banned) - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com - Bitcoin Magazine: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/authors/aleksandarsvetski More coming soon!
September 10, 2021
Ep 48. Steve Barbour. Mining, Energy, Bitcoin, Oil, Rockefeller. Wake Up Podcast
It's been a busy couple weeks with The Bitcoin Standard Conference, PlebFi in Austin and Bit Block Boom in Dallas, so this episode had a delayed release. Steve Barbour, Founder & CEO at Upstream Data. Inc. joined me for a shorter Podcast than I usually do, to discuss: - What came before Upstream - How’d you wind up in Mining? - Rockefeller - Monopolies & Natural Distributions. - What is Upstream - How can others do this? - Does it make sense for average plebs to mine? - What equipment? - Comments on things like Compass? - Regulation is not a threat to Bitcoin, it’s a threat to people who want Bitcoin - Regulation is an own goal, and in Bitcoin, the ultimate self-own by bureaucrats Follow Steve's work at: https://www.upstreamdata.ca https://sgbarbour.medium.com @SGBarbour @upstreamdatainc ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter @GhostOfSvetski - IG @AleksSvetski (was my old Twitter too before I got banned) - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com - Bitcoin Magazine: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/authors/aleksandarsvetski More coming soon!
September 3, 2021
Ep 47. Michael Krieger aka Liberty Blitz. Spiral Dynamics, Localism & Globalism
Michael Krieger joins me on on Ep 47 of Wake Up. He’s an Ex Wall Street guy, founder of Liberty Blitzkrieg, Bitcoiner, Father, Husband and Gardener. The key topic of this discussion as Spiral Dynamics, a model of understanding the human collective and individual consciences through levels & layers of values frameworks. Created by Clare Graves in the time of Maslow, and built up by Don Beck, Spiral Dynamics is a fascinating way to understand human behaviour both at an individual and collective level. Apart from Spiral, the conversation covered: - Localism & Decentralisation - Global connectedness VS Globalism - Globalism = Industrial Farming & Monsanto - Localism = Permaculture - Globalism cannot work because the principles it sits on are false. - It removes accountability - Technocratic leviathans can only exist within the framework of a monopolistic state - Localism is natural & emergent. That’s why it was they “way it used to be”. - Values are emergent & people naturally align around tribes & communities - The Municipality has the MOST power, then the city, then the state, then the nation. - Comfort & convenience. - Static VS Dynamic inequality. - Can move up. Can move down. - We’ve been in a Dark Age - Stupidity or Plan? - Spiral Dynamics - Don Beck & Ken Wilbur Some books & concepts mentioned by Mike: Brave New World Revisited. - Huxley Operation Mockingbird Share this episode with those you care about. It’s deep and far reaching. Follow Mike’s work at: @LibertBlitz on Twitter www.libertyblitzkrieg.com
August 12, 2021
Ep 46. Sound Money, Sound Food with Dr Shawn Baker MD
Ep 46. Shawn Baker is a Medical Doctor, elite athlete and founder of MeatRx. He's the man who coined the term Carnivore, and you may know him from the hilarious Tik Tok videos he makes, taking the piss out of Vegans. We were supposed to record a while back but internet and timezones got in the way. We even bumped into each other in Laguna Beach by accident after we missed the first opportunity to record. Classic. In this pod we cover loads of ground including: - Shawn's story & how he discovered Carnivore - Pinterest stupidity - A world gone mad, ie; censorship, etc - Keto VS Carnivore - Nutrient density - Fat & Proteins - Strictness of the diet / mixing foods. - What do you say to people who believe Carnivore is "extreme" or "missing nutrients", or you "need balance". "Health is the absence of visible disease" We also cover: - Best cuts of meat - Broth, bones & organs - Seafood - Supplementation And touch briefly on: - Regeneration of the soil - Mono crop damage You can find more of Shawn's work here: https://shawn-baker.com And his Twitter which is absolutely hilarious, here: @SBakerMD (Let's hope it gets un-suspended) ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter @GhostOfSvetski - IG @AleksSvetski (was my old Twitter too before I got banned) - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com - Bitcoin Magazine: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/authors/aleksandarsvetski More coming soon!
July 27, 2021
Ep 44 Alex Epstein, Energy, Fossil Fuels & Human Flourishing. Wake Up Podcast
On Episode 44, I’m pleased to host Alex Epstein. Philosopher, energy expert, author of the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, founder of the centre for industrial progress. We get into a whole lot of philosophy on this episode and wrap it up with a discussion about energy. We take a deep dive into the psychology of the green movement and the anti-human movement. Why are we packaging the anti-human with the positive elements of sustainability We discuss objectivism and Ayn Rand’s work. The jungle, the concrete jungle & the garden. The moral case for Fossil Fuels. At a high level. Energy density Environmental Damage done with renewables Average rate of return for energy input into renewables Energy independence with “renewables”. Myth or fact? Self sufficiency with fossil fuels. How ? Efficiency with fossil fuel innovation What do we need to work on? We didn’t get into where nuclear fits in, but you’ll get the picture. I took a moment to tie Bitcoin to energy (because it IS energy money), and make clear that in tying money to unforgeable energy, we root it in physical laws and therefore make impossible the waste, capital and innovation misallocation that’s the real core issue in the world today. This is why bitcoin fixes this. Follow Alex’s work at: https://energtytalkingpoints.com @AlexEpstein on twitter/ Check out his book on Amazon; “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels”. It’s a must read. ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter & IG @GhostOfSvetski / @AleksSvetski - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
June 25, 2021
Ep 43. Jane Gatsby on Philosophy, Liberty, Complexity, Royalism & Citadels
On Ep 43, I’m joined by Jane Gatsby, host of the Wonderland Podcast, student of complexity, philosophy, liberty. She’s a brilliant and extremely sharp young woman, with a curious mind and an extraordinary ability to simplify and explain complex topics including: What is philosophy What is epistemology What is Metaphysics? What is complexity theory? Philosophy Why does it matter / who needs it? We dig into why these fields of study and thought matter. How Complex systems are adaptive and emergent. How they use random error to their advantage (Anti-fragility) Agents, drives and signals We talk about Bell curves VS Pareto distributions Attempts by central planners to run complex systems top down, instead of leaving them to function bottom up How using empirical methods to understand social sciences and phenomena is not a great idea, and how we should in fact get rid of social sciences all together. Determinism & Liberty. - Free Will. - Are we part of the deterministic equation? - Nature & Nurture - Alan Watts & Decisions. The structure of Freedom - Politics is downstream from morality - Rights VS Responsibilities - The problem with majority (democracy) - Who watches the watchmen (what keeps the people or the government in check?) - Who is the final arbiter? - Right: Coercion via Force - Left: Coercion via Finance Anarchism “Might is Right”. Is that really nature? I’m not sure I agree with this, because might is a relative term. Competence & Merit. Royalism / Citadels. Charter city states / citadels. Trade offs to develop each along the way Lose the patch, the realm becomes worthless Protecting the borders is of highest import Private land ownership Is the royal not the private owner ? Agree that it’s that which u can defend Logging, fishing and pollution can only find equilibrium when there is a cost to the capital. That requires private property. The prince is the owner in this case, but he must remain at risk of challenge. And the challenge must come from competing private property owners. Hence the natural requirement for lords. Monopolies mean no competition 100% agree with the patchwork model But it requires competition. This is why we cannot get there without bitcoin The globalists can fund themselves through fiat, until it all blows up at least. Citadels - Scale - Remove the financial power - Competition - Separation of Money & state - Dynamic InEquality / Casts / Classes Jordan Peterson & his misunderstanding of dynamic equality. Money & Bitcoin People sitting on their savings do NOT inhibit others from creating their own wealth. People conflate money with wealth. One is fixed, the other is unlimited. Purchasing power is what counts. Income inequality is central to complexity. Earning wealth no longer requires coercion Fundamental change to existence And…Jane introduces us to 5 thinkers who have influenced her, some of which you will probably already be familiar with: - Ayn Rand - Jordan Peterson - Sam Harris - Douglas Hofstadter - Curtis Yarvin Follow her on: Twitter: @Jane_Gatsby Instagram: @JaneGatsby Linktree: https://linktr.ee/janegatsby And definitely check out her Podcast “Wonderland”: https://anchor.fm/jane-gatsby
June 18, 2021
Ep 42. The Creature from Jekyll Island with Author Edward Griffin. Wake Up Podcast
On the latest episode of Wake Up, I am joined by G. Edward Griffin, author of The Creature from Jekyll Island, Founder of the Red Pill University and The Red Pill Expo. This is a wide ranging discussion with one of the most revered authors of our time. A man who exposed the transgressions of the central banking cartels, not just in the USA, but around the world. We discuss so many things, including: What was the initial objective of the Jekyll Island meet - The formation of a cartel, leading to a monopoly. Diffusion of banking power prior to Fed Reserve - Means localised damage, and a corrective function toward better banking. The Bailout Game - Shifting losses to tax payers (socialism) The Mandrik mechanism The allure of socialism and its entry into the US system. The Fabian’s and the creation of the IMF, world bank and global socialism The conditions imposed by the IMF include mandating omnipotence on the part of the borrowing government Africa as an example. More aid, more poverty. Planned starvation and resettlement programs funded by the world bank. Conquered by money not by arms Intrinsic Value VS Objects with properties that some may find valuable. - Money should not have any commodity use - Money should be whatever each individual The difference between fiat & organic money Fiat is Enforced from the centre Organic is Chosen at the edge, ie; the level of the individual. It’s voluntary If fractional money always degenerates into fiat money, then there is no mechanism for a sound money system without global, decentralised verification. Hence bitcoin. A physical object cannot scale. Bitcoin. The reemergence of Honest Banking. Honest banking is a function of easy, cheap verifiability. Trust don’t verify. In the absence of a government bailout, we have a second form of accountability. Bankruptcy. Bitcoin makes the mandrik mechanism economically impossible. No bailout. I hope you enjoy this episode. If you’ve not read The Creature from Jekyll Island yet, I highly recommend you add it to your list. You can follow Edwards work here: https://twitter.com/GEdward_Griffin https://redpillexpo.org ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter & IG @AleksSvetski - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
May 7, 2021
Ep 41: Atlas Shrugged, Bitcoin & Objectivism with Tomer Strolight
Tomer Strolight, host of the "For the Love of Bitcoin" Podcast, and writer of the brilliant "Why Bitcoin" series on Medium joins me on the latest Wake Up Podcast, In this episode we take a look at Bitcoin through the lens of one of the most powerful philosophers to have ever lived; Ayn Rand. Her philosophy or framework of thinking is known as "Objectivism" and is in many ways the basis for much of the Libertarian thought and Bitcoiner thought many of us align with today. Her seminal works, Fountain Head and Atlas shrugged (especially) have been inspirations for some of the greatest leaders this century, including the likes of Steve Jobs, Nick Szabo and the Cypherpunks. The Galt's gulch she discussed is the basis of the "Bitcoiner Citadels" idea, and the heroes of virtue and principle in her book are the archetypes which Bitcoiners naturally embody and whose values we adopt. This is a fantastic chat, and I urge you to pick up and digest as much of Ayn Rand's work as you can. It will profoundly impact your life, perhaps more than any other work ever written. Follow Tomer's work here: https://twitter.com/TomerStrolight https://tomerstrolight.medium.com https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/for-the-love-of-bitcoin/id1551683632 ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter & IG @AleksSvetski - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
May 1, 2021
Ep 40. Standing up for your Natural Rights with Doris Duriye Osman
Ep 40 of Wake Up is with a unique guest. Doris Duriye Osman is someone I came across recently who is standing up for something all of us should also stand up for: Our natural, individual right as human beings to own our body and private property, She’s an advocate for Human Rights, a Naturopath and runs the Reignite Democracy Australia page on FB, working to wake people up. On this episode, we discuss: - Morals & Values - Dee’s journey as a human - Why she chose to take a stand - Her inspirations along the way We also walk through: - Private VS Public - Why everything needs to be private - Monopoly on Money & Theft as the locus of control - Bitcoin breaks this. And what many people know her for, ie; - Using the system against itself with respect to mask mandates, etc - How do we get this to more people? - How do we inspire more courage Lastly, as I try to do with all good people, we talk Bitcoin: - Breaking the monopoly on Money - Transforming into a Bitcoiner. - The 1% of your effort that makes 99% of the difference Follow Dee’s work on: Instagram @ befreewithdee https://www.instagram.com/invites/contact/?i=q3f2m5afdl6z&utm_content=2yb69n Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/rdansw/ Telegram Chat: https://t.me/joinchat/Tj434gzj-F-s9axU ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter & IG @AleksSvetski - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
April 17, 2021
Ep 39 - WTF happened in 1971, 2008 and 202. Heavily Armed Clown & Ben Prentice
On this week's episode I'm joined by Colin, aka; Heavily Armed Clown and Ben Prentice, the two founders of wtfhappenedin1971.com. We talk through Colin's incredible recent piece Wisdom & Law: https://heavilyarmedclown.medium.com/wisdom-and-law-e235196f4c93 We talk about each of our journeys into Bitcoin and the breadcrumbs along the way which helped each of us converge onto Bitcoin very quickly despite some initial dabbling in shitcoins. We talk about who inspired us early on, and why the "class of 2016, 2017 and 2018" Bitcoiners are some of the most revolutionary and eloquent. We discussed Chaos & Order, and how Bitcoin embodies this process. We discuss why some people "get it" and others don't, especially with intellectuals like Weinstein (who don't). We look at a few things through the Jordan Peterson Lens. And lastly the boys tell us a bit about their new WTF Happened in 2008 and 2020 projects. Follow them and their work here: www.wtfhappenedin1971.com @heavilyarmedc @mrcoolbp @wtf_1971 ____________________________________ As usual, Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter & IG @AleksSvetski - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
April 2, 2021
Ep 38. Max Hillebrand on Privacy, Praxeology, Prosperity, Philosophy & Practicality
This was a killer episode with one of the smartest people in & around Bitcoin. Max Hillebrand is a "Free software entrepreneur", working with the incredible team at Wasabi. We have a philosophical discussion about Bitcoin, Privacy, Praxeology & human Prosperity, and end it with a dive into the practicalities of making these things a reality. We discuss the breadcrumbs that primed him for Bitcoin (especially at his age): - Working for things - Savings - Responsibility - Economics & Praxeology Also the advancement of Bitcoin Privacy - Work being done at Wasabi - Base & Subsequent layers - Taproot Why Bitcoin > Monero - Take down the state first IP & Open Source Software - Ideas that are not scarce This is a monster of an episode, and one you'll definitely want to share around with your friends & family. Follow Max's work here: https://towardsliberty.com/btcpay/apps/wxB4qDBjfaZNqn9vSidLnn4dGbV/pos https://twitter.com/HillebrandMax And the amazing work being done at Wasabi: https://wasabiwallet.io ____________________________________ As usual, Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter & IG @AleksSvetski - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
March 25, 2021
Ep 37: Stephan Kinsella on AnCaps, Libertarians, IP & Bitcoin. Wake Up Podcast
Stephan Kinsella is a Patent Attorney in Texas, Austrian AnCap philosopher, writer & hands down one of the smarter & most well-read people I've ever spoken to. In this ep, we discuss: - SK's Journey on Why or how he become a libertarian - Where Austrian Econ fit in? - A little about Bitcoin coming on the radar, and "fixing this". We discuss consistency of thought, principles and ideas. A little on Patent Law & Private property, although we'll probably do an Ep 2 in this. We explore: - Rand's critique on Anarchy - Rand's support of IP The difference between ownership & possession - Is Ownership is that which you can protect? - How do you prove initial possession? - How do you enforce ownership? Are the rules & norms of a community or city a sort of constitution? How do these rules scale across populations? How do you synchronise those larger scale ideas with societies that have different values, ie; the Confucian east? War is expensive only with sound money (Bitcoin fixes this) We dig into a bit about private property rights from both the Lockean view & a more tangible viewpoint inspired by Hoppe. "The entire point of property rights is to solve conflict." And I ask the question: Why are Libertarians not as widely thrilled about Bitcoin as one might expect them to be? There was a series of books that Stephan also mentioned. I've listed them here for you: Walter Block: I chose liberty - Assortment of stories about how people became libertarians. Randy Barnett - The structure of Liberty Hoppe - A theory of Socialism & Capitalism - Economics & ethics of Private property Mises: - Ultimate foundation of economic science Rothbard: - The logic of action 1 & 2 - Economic controversies You can follow Stephan's work at: http://c4sif.org http://www.kinsellalaw.com https://www.stephankinsella.com And of course follow him twitter @NSKinsella ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: - Twitter & IG @AleksSvetski - Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski - Medium: https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
March 13, 2021
Ep 36. Alex Gladstein. Democracy & Bitcoin. Wake Up Podcast
I've got Alex Gladstein from the Human Right Foundation joining me on Ep 36 of Wake Up. As Bitcoiners, Gladstein & I see eye to eye on many things, but there are differences we have on what the ideal mechanisms of governance are. In this episode we explore these, and look at the past, the present and what the future may hold. Some of what we discuss: Enlightenment Values Free Speech Freedom of Association Property Rights Freedom of belief / of & from religion And how Democracy *may* have emerged from these. My View of Democracy: My contention is that progress via Democracy has been conflated with actual progress via Free markets, instead of it more accurately being represented as the parasite which has benefited from the prosperity of free markets and continued to leech resources, capacity and energy alongside. We’re only now seeing the ramifications of this. I put forward the idea that Democracy is merely: Sophisticated Theft. Democracy emerged in the west as a derivative of the prosperity created by free markets. It’s just a more sophisticated way of stealing from people. It’s quite simple actually. Give them enough space to innovate and produce, and then just take all their shit *after* the fact. It feels better initially, but it’s a much greater burden on society because it has the capacity to last. We discuss what the future holds, and I put forward the idea of Meritocratic Feudalism as the end state in a Bitcoin denominated world. This is a far reaching discussion and one that I hope you will learn alot from. You can follow Gladstein's work here: @Gladstein on twitter https://hrf.org ________________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com Now also on ClubHouse @Svetski More coming soon!
March 6, 2021
Ep 35. Flag Theory with Nomad Capitalist Andrew Henderson. Wake Up Podcast
On Ep 35, Andrew Henderson, better known as the Nomad Capitalist, joins me to discuss Flag Theory and creating a life where you have more choice and less coercion. We discuss: - Subject / Overlord relationship - Customer / Service provider Relationship - Define the different elements of the flag theory - Difference between a residency and a citizenship - What is a PT - The seasonality of existence - Localism & scale 5 - 10yr outlook - Governments - Taxation - Lockdowns - Private cities And much more. Follow Andrew & his work at: @NomadCapitalist NomadCapitalist.com And Buy his book, also entitled "Nomad Capitalist" on Amazon, or other good book sellers. ________________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com Now also on ClubHouse @Svetski More coming soon!
March 6, 2021
Ep 34 - The Revolutionary Phenotype & Emergence of Life on Earth with Jean-François Gariépy (JFG).
Ep 34 of Wake Up is probably the most educational I've done to date, at least in relation to biological evolution, how humanity came to be, and where it may be headed if we're not careful. Jean-François Gariépy, YouTuber, biologist and author of the revolutionary phenotype joins me to discuss his new book, alongside the biological evolution of humanity and life on earth. We look at his elegant theory of how DNA has become the dominant life form on earth, and his extremely sound challenge to Dawkin's and others claims that Memes are actually a "real" replicator life form. We also discuss: - Quantum Darwinism and how that may be the base state - What a Zombie apocalypse would look like, and why it would fail. There was soooo much more in here too, including: Definitions of: - Phenotype VS replicator - General VS revolutionary phenotypes - Genes - Memes - Tremes - Qenes - Cremes Why Not all Qenes are made equal Problems for revolutionary phenotypes - Forgetfulness - Naked Warrior Problem - Trickster printer & fool replicators How 1 & 2 are Both solved with the Replicator Tango, and if a draw emerges in #3, then it leads to problem #4. In this model, we discover where Memes fail. - Replicator tango’s are a form of delegation. - Memes work with problem 1 & 2 - Memes fail on #3. - This is because Memes are Fool replicators & fail if they compete with the trickster printers. Cancer is a great example. JFG calls this the "Principle of mutational servitude". Our genes are the trickster printer for the fool replicators that are memes. Problem 4: The printer replacement problem. DNA won this battle (clearly). It's proven by: “The principle of everlasting fingerprints” Adding layers to the genetic code. The upper layer encodes the lower layer. Each genetic code layer is the remnant or evidence of a prior phenotypic revolution. We also dig into the idea of Quantum Darwinism (fascinating stuff). The idea of proteins encoding quantum states. Abiogenesis VS Proteins & Quantum Evolution Phenotypic Revolutions all the way down. We discuss the The Phenotypic Separation Theory of Sex - The origins of sex - The 2 step process of Meiosis, and how it emerged despite it's unlikelihood. - How through separation it somehow solved problem 1, but done away with problems 2 - 4. Toward the end we discuss the warning of the book, ie; "The End of DNA", and teh story of the Natural's VS the Chosen's. The Path to QNA I pose some challenges to JFG, ie; - Problems with genetic adjustment. - Could the geneticists just fuck themselves up more? - Is the complexity too great? Where does it lead? Quantum World?? -- Proteins — RNA — DNA -- ??? Lastly, we cap it off with discussions on: Where does the idea of “god” or the “divine” fit and the idea of humans being of the divine ? So are proteins created in the image of God? Rebuttal against the guys who think Darwinism & natural selection is mathematically impossible What is Consciousness? Soooooo much to digest in this one. Listen, enjoy, learn & share. Follow Jean-François at: @JFGariepy https://jfg.world https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4bVl8YKrVKAr6hZlvzkakQ Buy his book on Amazon or Audible at: https://www.amazon.com/Revolutionary-Phenotype-amazing-story-begins/dp/1729861563/ ________________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://YouTube.com/c/WakeUpPod
February 23, 2021
Ep 33. Bitcoin Plebs. Pirate Beachbum, Hodlonaut & Svetski. Wake Up Hall of Fame Series
Ep 33 is for the Bitcoin Plebs! Pirate Beachbum: The Godfather of the Plebs, The Pleb of Plebs (aka; A scrub) joins me alongside Hodlonaut, The Cat, The Founder of Citadel21 & the dude who launched the first Lightning Torch. This is dedicated to all everyone who's a Bitcoiner, whether you're a somebody, a nobody, public, or anon. We start off with topics like: - What does it mean to be pleb. - Why are Bitcoiners, Bitcoiners? - Being a contrarian And we quickly (in typical Wake Up fashion) go deep into the more philosophical side of things, and weave all of our life stories into it. For example: - What are the seeds planted, early on that helped you guys be contrarian Nature & Nurture. - You’re iron, and then you need to be sharpened. - Mentors, coaches, etc Hammer & the Nail - Cause or Effect - Victor or Victim Cushioning & State indoctrination Examples of other things that we’re contrarian with? - health - masks Bitcoin is Truth It will accelerate the collapse of the Empire of Lies What does Bitcoin really mean to you? - For me its the de-monopolisation of Money - Brings people back to themselves - Stoic Short, Medium & Long Term Outlooks. What’s something we all disagree on? Loads in here to digest. Listen, enjoy, learn & share! Follow the guys at: @PirateBeachBum @Hodlonaut ________________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com Now also on ClubHouse @Svetski More coming soon!
February 17, 2021
Ep 32. Principles with Zuby, Stephen Cole & Svetski. Hall of Fame Series. Wake Up Podcast.
Ep 32 of Wake Up was an impromptu get together between myself, Zuby & Stephen Cole, which we put together at the random request of a listener of the Pod (I think it was Kiwi Hodl - shout out man!). You're gonna be like a kid in a fucking ice cream shop on this one. Chocolate meets Caramel meets Vanilla. Zuby, as many of you will know, is a Rapper, Author & Creative Entrepreneur who became twitter famous as he smashed the women's deadlift world record as a warm up, whilst he identified as a woman..hahahaha Stephen Cole is a friend of mine, early eBay tech genius, Bitcoiner, Angel Investor & all round one of the most genuine people I know. This conversation wasn't planned, scripted or themed, but it was such a great talk, and we went into so many topics, across so many disciplines. Philosophy, Ethics, Morality, History, Psychology, Responsibility, Economics, Integrity, Courage, Truth, Religion, and loads more. We spoke about: - The problem with setting dangerous precedents - The world as a large scale Asch Experiment. - How Nazi prison guards & Capo's were conditioned. How: - This is the first generation in history that’s sacrificing the young for the old. - Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance. - Disobedience is a virtue in the face of tyranny. - Things only 'seem' better because Economic & technological progress has occurred "The Renunciation of Responsibility leads to the Oppression Olympics" Principles VS Methods Fiat VS Natural Law & Morality. Silver, not Golden rule Conscious VS Unconscious We cap it off with a discussion about each of our early stories & inspirations. Loads in here to digest. Enjoy, share & learn! Follow the guys at: @ZubyMusic @SthenC ________________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com Now also on ClubHouse @Svetski More coming soon!
February 11, 2021
Ep 31. Scott Horton Pt 2. The Monopoly on Money. Wake Up Podcast
Scott Horton joins me again for Part 2 of our "Monopoly on" series of Podcasts. The last episode, if you've not yet heard it is Episode 29: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod/episodes/Ep-29--Scott-Horton--Aleks-Svetski--The-Monopoly-on-Violence-Pt-1--Wake-Up-Podcast-eplqcs In this episode, we finally go down the Bitcoin Rabbit hole, and I make a call to all Libertarians out there to begin to understand Bitcoin, why it exists and how it is the best & most peaceful weapon we have against the state. Scott puts forward his framework (The Scott Horton method) of helping people whether left or right, come toward libertarianism, by agree with them and asking them to stay consistent wth their beliefs as they're applied to matters they may not agree with. We also discuss: - Proud Boys & Similar groups being labelled as domestic terrorists. - AOC bullshit. - Has war changed in 2020? (Ie; implicit wars like lockdowns, mask mandates, etc)? - Mexican Stand off / Deterrence, so now war is covert. - The difference between speaking to existing libertarians and normal people. - We started at the Plumb line. We've deviated. Are we managing to bring people back around? - Break the Monopoly on Money - How do we fix this? (Bitcoin, defund Brrr) - Libertarians & "battered woman syndrome". - How do we get more Libertarians onto Bitcoin? - The renunciation of power is perhaps where the weakness in libertarianism comes And lots more. Make sure you follow Scott & his work at: https://scotthorton.org/ http://libertarianinstitute.org Antiwar.com The Scott Horton Show and Antiwar Radio (More than 5,000 interviews since 2003.) His Books: Author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan Editor of the 2019 book, The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 Author of the 2021 book, Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism As usual; Listen, Learn, Share and Subscribe. I'll see you on the next episode. _________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
February 8, 2021
Ep 30. Godfrey Bloom & Svetski. The Supreme Stupidity of the State. Gold vs Bitcoin & More.
I’m joined by the hilarious, sharp and ever thought provoking Godfrey “Hang the Bastards” Bloom. He’s an Austrian-school Economist and Ex Fund manager, who spent 5yrs on the European parliamentary committee of economics. Poor guy had to deal with one of the world’s most ridiculous bureaucracies for that long !?!?!? Anyway. Lucky for England (in some capacity at least) they had someone like him in there batting for them. We discuss: - The modern state, and it’s supreme stupidity. - Medieval in the suppression of the people - How did we “somewhat” break that 1945 push for socialism? Or did we not? - Why Gold. - Exiting the monopoly on money - Gold VS Bitcoin - Customer & Service provider relationship / Subject & Overlord relationship - “Buy Gold and Kick a Central Banker in the Balls” - Could the state get desperate enough to go in & take that gold? I then put forward some points about Gold’s weaknesses: - Physicality makes it easy to confiscate, control & manipulate - Also hard to personally secure & use - Useless in a digital world - Gold losing it’s monetary premium & therefore losing its use as a wealth preservation tool. We also discussed how we need to protect ourselves in a world becoming increasingly draconian in nature. I posited that Bitcoin, being information is much harder to censor. Godrey also pointed out that we need to see Big business getting skin in the BTC game - which we’re certainly seeing with Michael Saylor leading the charge. This is a great, podcast and one you’ll not only learn from, but thoroughly enjoy. Follow Godfrey’s work here: Twitter @goddersbloom https://godfreybloom.uk As usual; Listen, Learn, Share and Subscribe. I'll see you on the next episode. _________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
February 4, 2021
Ep 29. Scott Horton & Aleks Svetski. The Monopoly on Violence Pt 1. Wake Up Podcast
On this week's Ep, I've got a very special Guest. Scott Horton, one of the world's most vocal and hard working Libertarians and anti-war authors. He joined me to speak about why and how foreign policy is the most important aspect of a presidency or nation state’s impact. How a monopoly on violence gives the state the power of an empire. Why wars so enticing for a state. Is modern warfare different to medieval & ancient warfare? Why? How did we get here? What went wrong along the way? The constant state of emergency Does he think what’s happened in the last 14mths (globalist agenda) is in some ways retribution for America’s meddling in everyone’s shit? If we were more localised, would these kinds of wars or conflicts be as much of a reality? When is War necessary? One of the resources that Scott Mentioned was a series of works by Garet Garrett: - The revolution that was - Ex America - Rise of Empire Make sure you follow Scott & his work at: https://scotthorton.org/ http://libertarianinstitute.org Antiwar.com The Scott Horton Show and Antiwar Radio (More than 5,000 interviews since 2003.) His Books: Author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan Editor of the 2019 book, The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 Author of the 2021 book, Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism As usual; Listen, Learn, Share and Subscribe. I'll see you on the next episode. _________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
January 31, 2021
Ep 28. Bitcoin MDs with Dr Bitcoin MD and Dr BTC DCA
On this week's Ep, I've got two Medical Doctors and Bitcoiners, joining me to talk Health, Medicine, Viruses, Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex, Bitcoin, Economics, and much, much more. I'm trying to do something different with the Wake Up Podcast, so I'm going to continue to bring on guests from various backgrounds who've all started from first principles and made their way to conclusions that are consistent with others that have followed different, but similarly first principles derived paths. In this discussion, we looked at the world through a brilliant mental model that Dr Bitcoin MD put forward: Incentives Trade Offs Autonomy Meaning Viewing the world through each of these lenses can teach you alot about where we are, how we got here and where we might be going. I really hope you enjoy this, and in particular share it around with people you know who might be skeptical of the stance of responsibility. As usual; Listen, Learn, Share and Subscribe. I'll see you on the next episode. _________________________________ Follow both these gentlemen at: @DrBitcoinMD @BTCDCA _________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
January 30, 2021
Ep 27. The REMNANT. Francis Pouliot, Dave Bradley, Svetski, Wake Up Podcast
Ep 27 is a no holds barred, raw, honest and "straight to the core of the issue" podcast which pierces right through all the bullshit. You know that when you've got myself, David & Francis on a podcast, you're going to get real talk - and no pussy footing around. The world has been drowning in increasing levels of stupidity, and whilst the number of people willing to speak up is growing, they're all being censored left, right & centre. In this podcast we cover the following: How the world is a disaster right now due to the renunciation fo responsibility, or in Francis's words; Ass covering & Plausible deniability. How Taleb succumbed to his theories and didn’t put them in practice. He took his skin out of the game Why Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged was an instruction manual, not a fictional story. How she was 100% accurate in the way she described the disillusionment of society. Why disputed Taleb's recent lunacy, his did accurately point out that people don’t actually care about inequality - they care when they know that the game is rigged. The problem is, the game IS rigged, and EVERYone is disillusioned, AND responsibility has been renounced. How the free market is being criminalised. Why the "public system" has perpetuated the removal of personal agency & responsibility This is a killer podcast> I wouldn't be surprised if this episode gets deleted, but time will tell. In the meantime, listen, learn, share. Follow the guys at: @FrancisPouliot @BitcoinBrains _________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: Twitter & IG @AleksSvetski Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski Medium: https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
January 23, 2021
Ep 26. Jimmy Song. Svetski. The Moral Case for Bitcoin
Episode 26 sees @JimmySong going me again, this time to review his most recent piece: "The Moral Case for Bitcoin". Jimmy & I always have great discussions and dig into Bitcoin, Philosophy and Economics from numerous angles. On this episode, we touch on: - Why do Governments exist? - Difference between Gov’t then and now? - Why has the world “Elite” been so deranged? - Natural Law VS Positivism - Why do people follow Natural Law? - What is “The Moral Case for Bitcoin” - Why is it not discussed widely? - Prudence, Temperance, Justice, Fortitude - Why are they missing in modernity? - Emergent, natural Law VS Fiat Authority - Property Rights - Centralsiation VS Decentralisation And a whole lot more.. Tune in, share it, like it, (rate the show) and I hope you learn alot. Follow Jimmy on Twitter & Medium @JimmySong, and check out his latest Book "Thank God for Bitcoin" available on Amazon now. _________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
January 15, 2021
Ep 25. Giacomo Zucco & Svetski. Bitcoin & the HOPF Cycle of the Internet.
Welcome !!! Episode 25 has been my favourite so far. @GiacomoZucco is by far one of the most consistent, intelligent and authentic people I've had the pleasure of not only learning from, but speaking to & meeting. This conversation touched on so many things which are relevant NOW, and for life in general. We covered Bitcoin of course, but also understanding those who do & don't understand Bitcoin with a very useful Venn-Diagram style heuristic that I think you will all find incredibly useful. We spoke about Giacomo's early days as a scientist, about complexity and about how that led to him being a Libertarian (in the congruent, traditional sense of the term) and later a Bitcoiner. We spoke about how the right AND the left are both idiots. We discussed Seasonality, the HOPF Cycle which many of you know, ie; - Strong man create good times - Good times create weak men - Weak men create hard times - Hard times create strong men And how this theme consistently comes up throughout history, and what we can do (if anything) to either lengthen or shorten the frequency of certain periods and perhaps minimise the amplitude also. We discussed the Memetic nature of ideas, and how modern warfare is memetic in nature because all out, overt violence is no longer as functional-a-tool as it used to be. So much good stuff in this discussion. Listen to it. Share it around. Subscribe to the channel, and make sure you check out Giacomo's article on The Bitcoin Times: https://medium.com/the-bitcoin-times/bitcoin-and-the-hopf-cycle-of-the-internet-f351f1b7c1e3 You can find Giacomo on Twitter @GiacomoZucco _________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
January 10, 2021
Ep 24. Jeff Booth. Svetski. The Greatest Game. Price of Tomorrow. Wake Up Podcast
Welcome to Episode 24 of Wake Up, and the 3rd episode of The Bitcoin Times Series. I’ve got Jeff Booth on with me today, the Author of “The Price of Tomorrow”, one of the best books written in 2020. I will apologise in advance to the YouTube listeners. We seem to have had some audio issues during the recording. I managed to get the audio-only file normalised, but the video file was harder to do. Anyway. Jeff and I discussed LOADS on this podcast. It was a unique one because we pulled on threads and got philosophical across a number of dimensions. We discussed his article, of course, which you find as part of The Bitcoin Times Ed 3 (Free download at bitcointimes.news). We discussed what happens to the world in the absence of Bitcoin, and how so-called policy makers are not necessarily evil, but are stuck because the system itself is broken. Furthermore, we looked into how technology is an accelerant and will only serve to precipitate the inevitable deterioration of the status quo. We discuss Capitalism & innovation as the natural state. Mental models for the “base” frame of reference Why conspiracies are convenient, and often not a grand plan, but an inevitable outcome based on poor underlying incentives. Pathways toward and away from WW3 The erosion of personal agency & responsibility How do we fix that? Jeff also suggested a series of Books which you should all have a look at: - Lessons of history - A guide to the good life - Scale – Geoffrey West - Why you are who you are – Mark Leary. - The art of learning - The order of time - Why information grows - Actionable Gamification - Play Bigger You can find Jeff on Twitter @JeffBooth. LinkedIn: JeffDBooth His Book: thepriceoftomorrow.com Personal: jeffreybooth.com _________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
January 6, 2021
Ep 23. Pete Evans Chef & Aleks Svetski. 2020; Upside Down World. Wake Up Podcast
This is a special Episode and a little different to what I usually do. Pete Evans and I met many years ago in Sydney, and crossed paths a number of times since then in the most uncanny of circumstances and stayed in touch over the years. We've recently discovered that we're on the same page on a number of ideas, so I thought it best we jump on a call to talk through some of them. The central idea in this discussion is Personal Responsibility, which is something that's been eroded amongst the populace for many years, but something that people like myself, Pete and those listening to this podcast truly hold dear. There's a number of other topics we touch on also, and of note, I attempt to weave Bitcoin into the discussion toward the end, but considering the scope of the topic of Money & Bitcoin, I'm not sure I did it much justice in the time we had. Nevertheless, Pete & I will connect again in future and I hope we can take you (the audience) on a Journey as we dig down the Bitcoin and Individual Sovereignty rabbit hole. I hope you enjoy this episode, and of course, you can find Pete + his work at: Instagram @ChefPeteEvans www.peteevans.com www.evolvenetwork.tv ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
January 2, 2021
Ep 22. Erik Cason. Svetski. Bitcoin & the State of Emergency. Bitcoin Times Series Ep 2
Erik Cason (also from Unchained Capital) joins me on Episode 22 of the Wake Up Podcast to discuss his incredible piece "Bitcoin and the State of Emergency". This is part of the "Bitcoin Times" series of episodes I'll be doing where I discuss the topics of each article from the Bitcoin times publication with the respective authors. Erik is one of my favourite thinkers in the entire Bitcoin 'space'. He takes a philosophical viewpoint which I align with at a deep level, and he has a way of articulating it that very few in the world can match. In this episode, we look at: Bitcoin as a tool of war Bitcoin as the new Bushido Bitcoiners like Samurai, who will commit Seppuku long before they give up their private keys. Fiat society and Bitcoin as "The renaissance of Meaning" The state and it's emergence How the state of emergency becomes the state of oppression. Why the state wants this control Does the expansion of the state necessitate the “control” How the systematic removal of meaning, purpose and therefore Pride results in envy & emptiness This is an incredible episode. As usual, listen, share & subscribe. Follow Eric Cason on twitter @ErikCason, and check out his work at www.CryptoSovereignty.org Check out Erik's essay at The Bitcoin Times, available Free for PDF download. If you prefer Medium, and would like to support our work there, follow the publication on: https://medium.com/the-bitcoin-times https://medium.com/the-bitcoin-times/bitcoin-and-the-state-of-emergency-742444b9c6bb Also follow The Bitcoin Times on Twitter @TimelessBitcoin ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
December 27, 2020
Ep 21 Bitcoin IS the Great DeFinancialization. Parker Lewis. Svetski Bitcoin Times Series
Parker Lewis from Unchained Capital joins me on Episode 21 of the Wake Up Podcast. This is part of the "Bitcoin Times" series of episodes I'll be doing where I discuss the topics of each article from the Bitcoin times publication with the respective authors. Parker's piece was one of my favourites because it really gets to the bottom of why Bitcoin fixes the financial derangement syndrome we're all subject to in a fiat world. He makes the (very accurate) argument that whilst Financialization is normal, what we see in the world today is a deranged and exacerbated form in which everyone (particularly in developed nations) is forced to play a game of investing (risk) taking because money loses value. Savings as the cornerstone of civilisation & capitalism has been eroded to the point that you would be a madman to hold any of your wealth in money. "Cash is Trash" as the saying goes. All money now flows to financial products, some of which may be justified, but the majority which are just derivatives of derivatives of derivatives which solve no problem, add no value, produce nothing and merely act as vehicles or sponges to absorb all of the unhinged money creation. This is a brilliant episode, and Parker is one of the best people I know in the space. Follow him on Twitter @ParkerALewis, checkout the work him & the team are doing at www.unchained-capital.com. Check out Parker's essay at The Bitcoin Times, available Free for PDF download. If you prefer Medium, and would like to support our work there, follow the publication on: https://medium.com/the-bitcoin-times https://medium.com/the-bitcoin-times/bitcoin-is-the-great-definancialization-65b4c27a8371 Also follow The Bitcoin Times on Twitter @TimelessBitcoin ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
December 21, 2020
Ep 20: Bitcoin & Biology. Brandon Quittem, Gigi, Svetski. Wake Up Podcast
Episode 20 of the Wake Up Podcast is one of the most mind-blowing yet. Brandon Quittem, the Mycelium master & the always deep & eloquent Gigi join me. There we so many breakthroughs during this conversation. The framing of Bitcoin as a Living Organism is likely the most profound there is. We discussed life as a concept: "That which continues". Life is: - Adaptability - Survivability - Continuation How markets function like a biological system, or biological systems function like markets. Emergence as a concept Life being emergent, complex and bottom up, not top down. Contrary to how religionists think (in general) ? We looked at Bitcoin through the lens of the Sovereign individual thesis: Fragmentation as something that WILL happen, whether or not we do it consciously. We the tied this into the idea of Bitcoin & the great filter (article by Svetski coming soon, and Brandon making mention of it here: https://medium.com/@BrandonQuittem/bitcoin-is-the-antivirus-mushroom-medicine-part-3-4-fd1e6606a3f8 We then took some time to compare Evolution VS utilitarianism, alongside the religionists mis-interpretation of darwinism. - God or nature ? - Creator or creating? As a life form, we established that Bitcoin is absorbing all these ideas and reading a larger, complete, complex system. Like how larger cells absorbed the mitochondria. Life & fragmentation. The story of humanity: Pockets of centralisation in broader networks. Tribes, cities, even countries or continents. This was SUCH a great discussion. Lastly, I want to make a special Shout out to Guy Swann. Check out Brandon’s Mycellium series: https://medium.com/@BrandonQuittem/bitcoin-is-a-decentralized-organism-mycelium-part-1-3-6ec58cdcfaa6? Check out Gigi's Life Series: https://medium.com/@dergigi/proof-of-life-fa28fdc002fe Check out their work: https://www.brandonquittem.com https://dergigi.com Follow the guys on Twitter: @DerGigi @Bquittem ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
December 13, 2020
Ep 19: Bitcoin Preachers Pt 1. Jimmy Song, Jordan Bush, Aleks Svetski. Wake Up Podcast
On Episode 19 of the Wake Up Podcast, I've got Jimmy Song & Jordan Bush joining me. I was initially intending to save this episode for next year, but the response to "Bitcoin Atheists" was so strong, that I had to record sooner. Similar to the last episode, we dug deep. Definitions for: - God - Religion - Prophets - Spirituality - A higher power - Consciousness - A void that binds / the ultimate being - Love & Connectedness But we also explored key concepts & questions such as: Sacrifice and spiral dynamics. The hero & Sacrifice as a virtue Can you be religious and not believe in god? Can you believe in god, but not be religious? Morality - That which is compatible with life. - Evolutionary or divine? Could religion just be a story to help us cope with the reality of the difficulty of life? What else does it offer? Supernatural & the Metaphysical. - Bitcoin - Christianity And much much more. Follow the guys on Twitter: @JimmySong @JMBushWrites And check out their new book, co-authored with some other brilliant bitcoiners, including my friend Robert Breedlove. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08P3Z2H48/ ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski & https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
December 11, 2020
Ep 18 Bitcoin Atheists Pt 1, Knut Svanholm, BTC Sessions, Aleks Svetski, Wake Up Podcast
Joining me on Episode 18 of the Wake Up Podcast, and the third episode of the Hall of Fame Series are Knut Svanholm and Ben from BTC Sessions. This episode is called "Bitcoin Atheists" and will have to be part 1 of 2 because there was so much to go through and we hit 3hrs already! We dug into alot of things, including: Definitions for: God Religion Prophets Spirituality A higher power Consciousness & Connectedness A void that binds / the ultimate being Love & Connectedness Atheism Truth (although we didn't get into this enough) Is the bible agnostic, but the 'religionisation' of it & the subsequent institutionalisation is where the problem lies? Did Religion & the nation state initially help us transcend the version of power in place? Responsibility / removal of skin in the game is how the system rots. Were the message of texts like the bible were about taking responsibility in some sense? Bottom up VS top down transformation Necessary steps in the evolution of humans? Spiral Dynamics General history Are we living in a Simulation?? Religion / Democracy & Time Preference (but will save this more for part 2). This was a fantastic call & discussion. Follow these fine gentlemen on Twitter and each of their other platforms: Knut: @KnutSvanholm on twitter https://youtu.be/2pDlaOGA2ac https://www.amazon.com/Knut-Svanholm/e/B087WQ4H28/ BTC Sessions: @BTCSessions on twitter. http://btcsessions.ca/ https://anchor.fm/btcsessions ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski and https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
December 2, 2020
Ep. 17 AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARIES. American HODL, Stoney Bitson. Wake Up Podcast
This is Episode TWO of the "Hall of Fame Series" at Wake Up, and Episode 17 overall. "Join the revolution and get rich along the way" The hall of fame series are Long Form discussions with special guests, every week or two where we dig deep into different themes, topics & ideas. In this episode, American HODL and Stoney Bitson join me to discuss America, the American Dream and Bitcoiners as the modern American Revolutionaries. As you can imagine, this episode contains comedy, profanity and a whole lot of REAL talk. Some of the things we cover: Who ever thought you could Join the revolution and get filthy fucking rich Along the way? And the best part? --> We can’t lose. We have gravity on our side. We’ve got reality. Physics. Good luck trying to stop that with a digital Ponzi scheme. The cost of being contrarian VS The cost of being the sheep. Coming back to the island VS America Libertarians were neutered, Ideas were their tool and now Bitcoin has arrived. The intelligent interrogate everything. War has evolved Natural wealth redistribution through capitalism. How capitalism reduces uncertainty Reputation is important because when it comes time to do deals later. Clubs have always existed. Bitcoiners have become like Bitcoin Everything that gets thrown at us makes us stronger Follow the guys on Twitter @StoneyBitson and @HODLAMERICAN615 Subscribe to the channel, and check it out on: anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMnW6a-bboF2XYMRLZuIdzA And follow me on Twitter @AleksSvetski, and on Medium: Svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
November 29, 2020
Ep 16 COSMIC CALL Pt 1. Breedlove, Gigi, Svetski. Wake Up Podacst
This is Episode ONE of the "Hall of Fame Series" at Wake Up, and Episode 16 overall. These are going to be a series of Long Form discussions with special guests, every week or two where we dig deep into different themes, topics & ideas. On Episode one I have the legendary Robert Breedlove & Gigi with me, and get Cosmic AF digging into bitcoin from multiple viewpoints. Physics Metaphysics First principles Natural Law Duality Singularity We dig into what the future might look like, whether or not we can solve for tyranny, What it means to have a better quality of problem and much more. Capped off with a treasure trove of resources for you to dig into further. Books, and the minds of the giants who’s shoulders we now stand on. Incredible stuff. This is no shit, one of the best pods you’ll listen to this decade. Your mind will join bitcoin in the Fukn stratosphere while listening. Peep. Subscribe. Share. Also on YouTube. Follow everyone on Twitter at: @Breedlove22 @DerGigi @AleksSvetski
November 20, 2020
Ep 15: Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance.
In this video we see the dangers of group identity & the cancer that is collectivism. A group of people decide it’s perfectly ok to behave like Nazi’s, because they identify as a self-proclaimed righteous group of protestors (ie; BLM), and have placards that read “fuck off Nazi’s”. The greatest feat of the Nazi’s, Communists and any other collectivist & authoritarian group is to make YOU think you’re the villain, and to use double-speak like this to give themselves immunity from their actions. These morons wouldn’t even know what Nazi stands for, nor that fascist stems from exactly the societal model they adhere to (ie; communism as a branch of socialism / collectivism). This is exactly the kind of derangement syndrome that people from Peterson to Rand to Rothbard and many before have warned us about. Group identity politics is an application of collectivist ideology and so long as we do not hold the individual as the central & most important component of society, we will devolve into such madness. The collectivist crowd (mob) is able to both make itself immune from bad behaviour because it has a self-endowed moral or ethical high-ground, and at the same time, is able to target individuals of a “different group” that, irrespective of WHO the individual is, are brandished as “evil” or whatever the mob want to label them as. It’s the oldest trick in the game, and people keep falling for it. The day we reintroduce the individual as the centre-piece, and begin to reclaim personal agency and responsibility, is the day we begin to make things better. No group is better than any individual. The individual is the atomic unit and it all starts there. I hope this video serves as a warning.
July 29, 2020
Ep 14: Be Elite. FUCK AVERAGE!
There’s a strong trend of anti-elitism growing in the world, and whilst I understand where it comes from, because it’s been poorly defined, it’s totally misguided. In fact, by not defining the damn thing properly, we group truly honourable & inspirational people up with the parasites. This lack of properly defining things is the source of many problems - but I’ll get to that in another video. I wrote an article about this which you can read about here: https://medium.com/the-capital/in-support-of-the-elite-3c2046381980, and as usual, I want to wake people up & delineate between true elites, and the parasites we wrongfully label as such. In the process of doing so, I hope for two things: You don’t get caught in the trap of resenting those with more than you, because that is destructive and helps neither you nor society. You choose to become elite yourself. You embrace what’s unique about you. You choose to become the best version of yourself and impact the world in a way that only you can. This is what it takes to push the human race forward. The ability to be OUT-FUCKING-STANDING. You want to be an outsider. You want to be a minority. You want to be different. As Arnold said “nobody has ever done this before” is the motivator. Those who want to earn & grow themselves into the 1% are to be praised & admired. What could be more inspiring than an individual who creates something from nothing. Who takes their labour, their time, their effort and their energy to build something. This is profound. This is life. This is how the individual drives the human race forward. ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod And follow me on Medium & Twitter @AleksSvetski More coming soon!
July 28, 2020
Ep 13: The ultimate vote is Economic. NOT Democratic.
People always refer to the morality of “democracy”, and it being the mechanism of rule that's the fairest & most just - but it’s just NOT true. Democracy will always devolve into authoritarianism because it’s just another form of collectivism requiring you to give up your personal agency to an external authority. A truly FREE society is one where economics rules, and the ability to cast your vote live at all times is the only way we can have a truly open, functional, liberty-centric society. This might sound like blasphemy to some, but in order to make sense of this statement, one has to understand what economics actually measures. Economics is the study of the allocation of resources (primarily time & energy) by individual participants in a society. This is the free-market, and more broadly, free-society form of organisation & convergence that does not require a central authority to decree what should happen, how & when (which is often inefficient & inaccurate). Economic decisions are real, live, functional votes in a free society. It’s representative of your choice here & now, and is more powerful than any other force in the world, especially a “democratic” one. Thanks for listening guys. Remember to subscribe, share, and follow me on twitter & medium @AleksSvetski
July 27, 2020
Ep 12: Leftists aren't bad people. They're just stupid
A lot of the things they want are actually “nice things”. The problem is they don’t think critically, nor deeply, and their ideas actually result in the opposite of what they want. So it’s not that they’re necessarily bad people - they’re just naive, lazy, and generally stupid. They don’t think in terms of consequence, nor in terms of nuance. They just think at the surface level & in black in white. They therefore cause more problems & proceed to blame it on everyone else. This is my shortest video to date. Thanks for listening guys. Remember to subscribe, share, and follow me on twitter & medium @AleksSvetski
July 26, 2020
Episode 11: Life is Dynamic. Not Static.
All complex systems, all living systems and life by its very definition is something that moves, and is dynamic. There are inequalities everywhere, there is compounding and power laws, there are self-reinforcing spirals & death spirals. These are all normal aspects of living systems and when allowed to operate, they do so in a dynamic equilibrium. This is direct contrast to the morons running around taking about the “The 1%”. Whilst I agree there are UNFAIR inequalities, this is only because the base incentives of society are skewed. But so strong is the dynamism of life that even with such unfairness, those who have rigged the game are still subject the going back down the ladder. In a FREE & FAIR system, where we all operate on the same economic rules (economics being defined as the allocation of time & energy by the individuals involved), we get a beautiful dynamic equilibrium where people move up the ladder & back down. There is no "static" 1%. Not in free systems, and not even in rigged systems (nature is too powerful). This is why Freedom is so important to building natural, functional societies. The more freedom you give society, the more opportunity you create. The more you restrict freedom for equality, the more you destroy the opportunity to create opportunity. Therein lies the fallacy of the collectivists. A focus on the individual and on a fixed set of rules (unable to be changed by one party) gives rise to a society in which the best of us is rewarded. It’s a convergent network effect that rewards ethical & productive behaviour/ People move up & down the scale of have’s & have not’s. Some start at the bottom, whilst others start at the top. But those at the bottom rise, because they grow up learning the value of hard work and perseverance, whilst those at the top, who had it easy; learn complacency. We’ve seen this in all stories of the hero’s journey. Rocky 3 is a great example. Mr T whooped his ass because he was fucking HUNRGY. By removing hunger from the equation, you kill spirit & drive. This dynamic equilibrium, found in living systems, is how freedom operates. It’s a constant flux. The notion of fixed equality or “balance” is what we know & define as death. Life is alive. It’s dynamic & unpredictable by nature. The more you can predict it, the less alive it is. “Be like water”, as Bruce Lee said. A flowing river is alive, static water goes rancid. Thanks for listening guys. Remember to subscribe, share, and follow me on twitter & medium @AleksSvetski
July 25, 2020
Ep 10: Entrepreneurs VS Economists
Most modern economists (ie; professional sophists) unfortunately don’t understand entrepreneurs, have never run a business, nor been in a position of significant responsibility in a business and therefore have the unfortunate audacity to perpetuate the moronic concept that businesses, business owners & capitalist merely exist to “take advantage of their customers”. This is incredibly naive, short sighted and reinforces why modern economics is completely OUT OF TOUCH with reality. Entrepreneurs are like the stems cells of the economic body. They are crucial, whereas these economists (the modern & keynesian types who don’t understand logical consistency or sound philosophies) are useless leeches who try to apply mathematical models to that which you cannot model. In this video I use the example of a forest, and lumber to think about what capital & capitalism actually means in the context of the entrepreneur and the incentives in a FREE MARKET who’s cornerstone is PRIVATE property rights When it’s your asset, you don’t go and rip it all up unless you’re a moron, who will wind up ruining himself, and that is the self correcting mechanism that a free market organically includes, and which moron economists think they have to somehow dictate or decree. Pubic = no idea how much is needed, if it’s even needed. Blind & stupid. Public + Private = raping & piligaing Private = YOU GIVE A SHIT. And if you do not, you ruin yourself. Ta-daaaaaa. You CANNOT have capitalism with public property or central planning. THAT is why it’s failed so far. When you mix up the incentives - you screw it all up. It devolves into madness. The cancer that is collectivism will eat up the organic structure that is capitalism. You need a mechanism to take the power away from the state. And this is why #BitcoinFixesThis. Thanks for listening guys. Remember to subscribe, share, and follow me on twitter & medium @AleksSvetski
July 24, 2020
Ep 9: MMT = MORON Monetary Theorists
This episode was inspired by a Tinder debate...of all things. What I thought was going to be an interesting discussion, evolved into a debate with someone who believes that “free markets” have somehow been disproven, that money is an illusion, and that the core problem with the world is lack of regulation with respect to large corporates who exist to rape & pilliage society and it’s people. When confronted with ideas like the cantillon effect; the only response she could muster was: “it’s not that simple; central banks do not have that much power”. She claimed to want to do “help people” and then basically stated that “individuals are too incompetent & (in her words) irrational to make decisions on their own”, and as a result we should have regulations which enforce limits on growth. I was clearly triggered and I wish I saved the damn conversation but she deleted / blocked me on tinder before I could do so..hahahaha Oh well - at least it inspired this video, which I hope you enjoy. As usual, subscribe, share and follow me on both twitter & medium @AleksSvetski
July 23, 2020
Ep 8: "Crypto's" are a SCAM
The word “Crypto” has been co-opted, and it now refers to something which is a fantasy at best, and a scam at worst. The Crypto's you see floating around everywhere are not an answer to anything. They're a distraction at best, and at worst a bigger scam than the existing, legacy financial system; because they're perpetuated by entitled morons who think “they’re the right people to make the right choices” just because they can write some code.. They’re no different to the politicians and bankers of today, and if anything, less experienced & more incompetent so instead of working in the old guard, they spin up their own instances of the same garbage; only with a different smell. They miss the entire point of Bitcoin; which is to have an autonomous network deliver a guarantee of rules that are unchangeable - like the constitution of America, but orders of magnitude better. Bitcoin stands against everything that "crypto's" stand for. Bitcoin lowers time preference, it ensures nobody is in charge, it gives us a level playing field, and it fundamentally adjusts the base incentives of society. Therein lies its power. Crypto is just a bunch of young, inexperienced nerds who think "they know better". They don't seem to understand Bitcoin’s raison d'être. The idea that the supply is fixed, the parameters are fixed and the rules of the game are the same for everyone - and if anyone tries to change them to their own advantage (at the expense of everyone else) they get booted off (ie; forked off) the network. That’s the edge. Shitcoins (all altcoins), ICOs, Tokens and now "Decentralized finance" (aka; DeFi) is just a replication of the existing system, only on a more fragile network, with less checks & balances. It does nothing to re-stabilise society or change behaviour. It just perpetuates the existing fraud, and makes it such that catastrophic failure is even more likely. I tweeted on this (link below), and obviously discuss it further in this video. https://twitter.com/AleksSvetski/status/1278684910962782208 Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod And follow me on Medium & Twitter @AleksSvetski
July 21, 2020
Ep 7: Hypocrisy & Hong Kong
It’s July 1st and the start to the second half of what’s been a shitshow of a year. In this episode I touch on the continued madness, and what’s likely the nail in the coffin for Hong Kong. To see these peaceful, intelligent and innocent group of people subjugated by a murderous, authoritarian dictatorship like the CCP truly saddens me. Furthermore, to not hear a PEEP from any of these “woke SJWs” who’ve been making a fuss about non-issues like racism over the past few weeks, simply reinforces why none of them actually gave a crap about what they were allegedly standing up for. In fact, when they attempt to align themselves with the protests in HK, it makes my stomach churn, because they’re literally fighting on the side of more state control and tyranny, which is EXACTLY what the HK people are fighting against. It’s a sad day for liberty, and although I know that corrupt, centrally managed institutions ultimately collapse in on themselves, the collateral damage along the way is painful to watch. Share this with your friends & who knows; maybe we can at least wake more people up to the perils of collectivism & statism. Key Tweets: https://twitter.com/TruthAbtChina/status/1278258459268579328 https://twitter.com/RollandNadege/status/1277949160982003712 NY Times write up: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/world/asia/hong-kong-security-law-explain.html ____________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vKkXPp-QaHE And follow me on Medium & Twitter @AleksSvetski
July 20, 2020
Ep 6: Peterson > Taleb. Any Day
I had a debate with my brother over a year ago now, about Taleb VS Peterson. His conjecture was that Peterson’s work is just religious shit, whilst Taleb is a genius trader → and that’s all that apparently matters. This triggered some thinking on my part, but it didn’t come up again until recently, over the course of the CoronaScam, where I’ve seen him throw out many of his purporter values. This was further reinforced by his recent behaviour & comments about Bitcoiners too. Now don’t get me wrong Taleb is a brilliant mind, but I think he’s a hypocrite in many ways (really fat & unhealthy guy who apparently deadlifts), so I question the authenticity of his character → the quality of his work notwithstanding I enjoy both their work, but Peterson to me has a depth of authenticity, and a depth of character which I truly admire. And the more mature I become, the more I realise that is where the value lies in the humans we learn from & aspire to be. I’ll let the video do the talking. Shout out to @AmericanHodl, and @AllenFarrington Follow on Twitter @AleksSvetski Find Video version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hByPjnLGlcU
July 18, 2020
Ep 5: Staying Hungry.
Different approach on this episode, and talk about the importance of staying hungry and how that requires a world that is dynamic. There is NO such thing as a fixed status. This was inspired by Arnold. He reminds us to stay hungry, but the presupposition here is that you had to become Hungry. To truly be hungry you need to know what it’s like to have nothing. To be a have not. To be rock bottom. Let’s look at one of the most important dynamics in Life: Being at the top VS Being at the bottom People inherently don’t want to be at the “bottom” and want to get to the “top”, but in this episode, we explore why they both exist, and why this differential is absolutely critical for Life to exist. The benefits of being rock bottom, or down & out include: Depth Hunger Strength The upsides of starting at the top are great. Luxury Comfort Ease But they miss out on the depth that you experience and build from being at the bottom. By eliminating the top & bottom, and forcing everyone into a lukewarm middle, we miss the best of both side. In our attempt to remove the pain, we remove the meaning & numb the benefits. The bottom is extraordinarily important. It’s where you build depth, and the lower you go, the higher you can rise. And the broader the range, the richer the life. We’ve been conditioned to believe that struggle is something we should avoid, and this conformity through comfort is a disease that makes you weak. Hunger has its place. It makes you strong, it makes you worthy.
July 17, 2020
Ep 4: Equality breeds Conformity
**Disclaimer** I'm still working on the flow & quality, so bear with me. Subsequent videos are getting better. Equality is the WORST outcome for society, unless you want to create a one full of drones, who all think the same (ie; USSR, CCP, Nth Korea). The very definition of “different”, or “original thinking” is the antithesis of conformity. If we force individuals to conform, for some short sighted notion of equality, we literally destroy the very essence of what makes life special. Look at who we’ve aspired to be & been inspired by throughout history. Everyone from Jesus, to Aleksandar the Great, to Eminem, to William Wallace, to Oprah, to Bonnie & Clyde, Kurt Cobain, Beyonce, Tupac, Kanye, Batman, Orwell, Dostoyevksi, Rothbard, Einstein, Tesla, Newton, Solzhenitzin, Peter Theil, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Joan of Arc, Terrence McKenna, Maradona, Mandela, Ghandi, The wright brothers, Banksy, Oceans 11, The Matrix, V for Vendetta. Being different & thinking different is only possible when people are free to do so. This is fundamentally antithetical to conformity, and as an extension; equality. Monocultures cannot, by definition breed diversity. They become baron, dry, uni-directional, and grey. Freedom may be messy, but it’s where all the colour in life is. This is where real, emotional, personal art comes from. Not the super-predictable, overtly political bullshit we see today, with a bunch of “woke” brands & corporates just parroting the same thing. There’s nothing unique here. There’s nothing original. It requires no courage to say what the last person said. It takes courage, strength, passion and bravery to be different - and that’s what we kill as we lead with “equality & conformity” instead of “freedom & individualism”. What a sad, drab world it would be if we were all the same. There’s one example I can think of that’s done well at this. They’re efficient, but at what cost to the human spirit? Yeah - Nth Korea. Much of China is like that too. That’s not a world worth living in. Another good visual is the Pixar movie; Wall-E. That’s unfortunately where we’re headed. To grow, on an individual level, and as it’s logical extension; the level of the organism (humans), we have to move outside of what’s known. We have to move beyond the comfort zone, but this is only possible with Freedom. Struggle is where the beauty & colour of life comes from. That’s the very definition of being “alive”. The more we push for equality, and eliminate the freedom to choose, the freedom to discriminate, the freedom to speak, transact, and think, the more we sterilize the very “life” out of life. Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify & follow on Twitter & Medium @AleksSvetski https://youtu.be/fnH5yoyHwSU
July 16, 2020
Ep 3. Diversity & Discrimination (Part 2)
Recorded when this new stupid legislation came out enforces non-discrimination in the work place based on sexual orientation, extending from race, nationality and whatever else they have in there. Soon enough it will extend to IQ, intellect, and every other “minority” complaint so as a business you’ll no longer have ANY choice as to who to hire, because you’ll get sued for any number of reasons. So much for freedom of speech and the right to choose. I literally just recorded on this the other day, so I’m going to add a little more in this video. Forcing someone to make a decision based on your notion of morality is violence!!! This new law is a form of violence perpetrated by the state. Let’s use an example to illustrate it’s stupidity: The LGBTQ community has fought for a while (especially the LGBs) to be recognised as a legitimate sub-section fo society. And that’s fine. Especially things like Gay marriage etc. That’s a non-violent act of 2 people eloping. I personally have no interest in it, but if two people of the same se love each other & wanna get it on, go for it. I'm happy for you! I’m glad that they stood up & fought for the right to do that. The very fact that they needed to actually fight for it pisses me off anyway, because it just shows how insane society is. We give up our moral agency to state institutions that supposedly “know better”. So anyway. LGBs in particular, got some well deserved wins. And I’m happy for them. They should also join us in defunding the very clowns they had to ask permission for, so they don’t have to ever be subject to such begging ever again.. But now with this law. Let’s say you’ve got a business full of gay people, and your edge is that you hire gay people only because you guys all share common values, mental models, tastes & styles. It’s a part of your USP. Should you not be allowed to do that? Is it not discrimination now that if you don’t hire some straight guy, who’s nothing like you to come in and work with you? How would you feel if the government turned around tomorrow & said, nope; you have to hire this person "because discrimination laws”. Like seriously. How can you give the state that power. Private property implies you have the right to choose (ie; the very definition of discrimination) what you can & will do with YOU own property (whether it’s you, your stuff or your mind). It's nobody else’s right to force you to do otherwise. By enforcing these laws, you remove personal agency and responsibility. You basically admit that you don’t actually own anything, nor do you own yourself. You’re just a subject of the government; or a “vessel” that fulfils a duty that you’ve neither agreed to or understand. Welcome to the matrix. Congratulations you’re now a drone. No free will. It’s time to Wake Up. __________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify & follow on Twitter & Medium @AleksSvetski, and https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod
July 15, 2020
Ep 2. Discrimination & Diversity (I support both)
**Disclaimer** This is my first episode since I dissected that Dan Tapiero & Raoul Pal video (yeah, I’ve been busy). It’s rough, but I hope you enjoy the content and can bear with me as I churn these suckers out. I promise they will improve, so thanks for listening and remember to subscribe, etc. ___________________________ Discrimination & Diversity There is a major level of cognitive dissonance going on with people (especially leftists & collectivists) who are ‘against' discrimination, but ‘for' diversity. As usual, because they don’t take a moment to THINK before they speak, their positions are contradictory! In this short video, I’ll break that contradiction down and make the point that discrimination is fundamentally critical in the path to diversity, because to discriminate means to choose, and choice is the basis of differentiation and diversity. The idea of self-ownership and personal property rights, whether that property be your business, your money (and where you choose to spend it), your friends, your body & being, your opinion, or what goes on in your mind, is that YOU can choose to make a decision (ie; discriminate), based on whatever reason you want to. It implies it’s yours to do with as you please. That’s freedom. Now…if you decide to initiate violence upon another, based on some discriminatory reason; well the problem is not discrimination; it’s the fucking violence - irrespective of the reason. The aggressor is the aggressor - and who is being transgressed upon has the right to defend themselves. The very notion of not being able to discriminate means choice does not exist. And you might say “oh it’s not to that extent”. And I say: “oh really? Where is the line drawn? Who gets to decide that? And what happens when the next group starts to demand more?”. Tyranny never starts out blatant. It begins as small transgressions on our freedom. It requires us to ever so slightly violate our values, and continue to do this incrementally, until before you know it - we’re Nazi guards or deranged Karen’s. We need to discuss these things early and cut out their venom before it spreads. __________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify & follow on Twitter & Medium @AleksSvetski
July 13, 2020
#1: Dissecting Bitcoin , Gold, and The Future of Macro Investing (w/ Dan Tapiero)
Here we go... Aleks Svetski here (yep, founder At Amber.app). For episode #1 of Wake Up, I'm sharing my take on the real vision interview between Raoul Pal and leading macro-economist Dan Tapiero. I'll be dissecting and reinterpreting the conversation to help people better understand the nature, benefits and philosophy of Bitcoin, whilst attempting to explain the nuances a little deeper. Thanks in advance for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify & follow on Twitter @AleksSvetski More coming soon!
September 23, 2019