Bitcoin Audible

Guy Swann

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

  • 58 minutes 54 seconds
    Read_821 - The Most Important Thing You'll Read This Year

    "The U.S. Government spends in a budgetary deficit, then issues treasuries to pay for the spending, then, at a bigger rate than anybody else, buys the treasuries to cover the loss. An unbelievable Ponzi scheme. The U.S. Government is the director of the Ponzi scheme, the old investor, and the new investor. A true masterclass."

    ~ Cole Walmsley


    Today we tackle the intricacies of fiscal irresponsibility through a Twitter thread by Cole Walmsley. As the U.S. government’s deficit spending spirals into what can only be accurately described as a “masterclass Ponzi scheme,” listeners are beckoned to question: How long can this last? With the state of national debt, the illusion of monetary stability, and the inevitable downfall of fiat currencies, are we witnessing the death throes of the dollar, and can a new monetary system rise from the chaos?


    Check out Cole Walmsley's tweet. (Link: https://tinyurl.com/4saj8hsd)


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    "The whole government is a Ponzi scheme."

    ~ Bernard Madoff

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    17 May 2024, 1:53 pm
  • 1 hour 59 minutes
    Chat_100 - Privacy is a Crime with Travis West

    "I'm pretty blackpilled on politics, but I'm definitely optimistic still because I think that there will be a lot of freedom technology that just allows you to opt out or that just allows you to not comply in a way that allows you to get away with it. I think that's the way to go. Freedom technology is the is definitely the way to go." ~ Travis West


    Today we dive into an amazing chat around the complexities and shifts in law enforcement in a world with Bitcoin, as well as breaking down the nuances and difficulties in both the defense and prosecution of the Samourai Wallet case. Travis, previously a detective who found his speciality in cybercrime and fraud, requiring extensive knowledge and interaction with Bitcoin and blockchain analytics, presents a unique insight into how things may develop moving forward and where we should be wary to defend our privacy and independence. Don't miss this incredible discussion!


    Check out the Nostr Thread that Inspired this Chat

    Post #1 (Link: https://tinyurl.com/2jzfadtr)

    Post #2 (Link: https://tinyurl.com/54b89bme)


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    15 May 2024, 4:11 pm
  • 1 hour 46 minutes
    TPR_01 - Return of the P2P Web

    "We've been working in the peer-to-peer space for a long time, also me and David and most of the core team, and we've been dabbling and in unstoppable protocols and crazy distributed systems infrastructure for quite a bit. And we made this decision a couple years ago to take all this technology we've built that's pretty complex and does some crazy stuff, package it up, open source make it simple to use, and then just unlock people to build really powerful apps on top of it." ~Mafintosh


    In our inaugural episode of The Pear Report, it only felt right to bring Mafintosh and dmc onto the show to explore the transformative potential of the Pear Stack and how it can reshape our digital interactions and the foundational layers of the internet! Delve into discussions on the role of the Pear Stack in enabling more decentralized, secure, and user-empowered digital environments. Do not sleep on what is happening, find out why in our first episode, "The Second Coming of the P2P Web".


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    14 May 2024, 10:06 pm
  • 2 hours 34 minutes
    Chat_099 - Failure, Hope and the Purpose of Bitcoin with Bitcoin Mechanic

    "We have the fork wars, we have a culture that understands the importance of nodes and widespread enforcement of a protocol and its rules. Unlike shitcoins, which couldn't care less about it... So this node orientation in Bitcoin is is critical to it not being a shitcoin. So spam has come in and they start trashing the blockchain and exploding the UTXO set and making every block almost four megabytes, which was supposed to be a theoretical maximum we were never actually supposed to see because no one thought we would just fill it up with witness data... This is a ridiculous guys. It's an attack. They've stated it as an attack when they came out and just went "I want to bloat the UTXO set because it's the worst thing you can do in Bitcoin"."

    ~ Bitcoin Mechanic


    In this episode, I talk with Bitcoin Mechanic about the current state of Bitcoin, focusing on the regulatory environment, the vital role of self-custody, and the challenges facing privacy and autonomy in the digital age. We delve into the complexities of maintaining operational security in the face of increasing regulatory oversight, and consider in what ways we can balance the needs of miners with those of everyday users and node runners to maintain a healthy network ecosystem.


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    8 May 2024, 9:13 pm
  • 1 hour 35 minutes
    Read_820 - The Bitcoin Stack

    "This is a fancy way of saying that you need money to make markets, and you need decentralized, open, digital money to make decentralized, open, digital markets. Furthermore, higher layers require lower layers to exist, but lower layers benefit from the value created at higher layers. However valuable layer one Bitcoin can be as a new global money, it can become significantly more valuable if we recognize it as a crucial technical building block to building markets with the potential to disrupt many other human networks."

    ~ Dhruv Bansal, Ryan Gentry & Allen Farrington


    How can we think differently about what is actually occurring at the base layer of Bitcoin and what it enables, to extend it to the more tangible and understood problems of internet centralization, abusive platforms, censorship, and so many other prevalent problems in our networks today? If we can break each of these problems down into their smallest, and simplest parts, and one-by-one solve each of those problems, can we begin to actually solve the broader concerns of permission-less communication, scalable decentralized payments, service provision, and global openly accessible networks of all kinds? Can we re-decentralize the internet, with Bitcoin? Find out in a fantastic new piece from the crew at AxiomBTC and written by the incredible set of authors, Dhruv Bansal, Ryan Gentry, and Allen Farrington. You'd be a fool to skip this episode.


    Check out the original article at The Bitcoin Stack. (Link: https://tinyurl.com/582zh742)


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    “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. To the naive mind that can conceive of order only as the product of deliberate arrangement, it may seem absurd that in complex conditions order, and adaptation to the unknown, can be achieved more effectively by decentralizing decisions and that a division of authority will actually extend the possibility of overall order. Yet that decentralization actually leads to more information being taken into account.”

    ~  Friedrich Hayek

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    6 May 2024, 10:25 pm
  • 1 hour 42 minutes
    Read_819 - Bitcoin Drain in the USA

    "I think Americans are used to seeing people arrested for bullshit technicalities and thrown in jail for long periods of time. But in the rest of the world, it is quite uncommon. For a non-US Bitcoin entrepreneur, the US is a scary and dangerous place. American authorities seem resourceful, competent, and motivated to destroy your life just to prove a point. This line of thinking is not paranoia, nor is it cowardice." ~ Francis Pouliot


    We dive into a piece from Francis Pouliot, the CEO of Bull Bitcoin, today that dives into the toxic waters of U.S. regulations that seem to strangle innovation at every turn. As the US govt tightens their grip and "non-compliance" of an absurdly defined regulatory leviathan threatens decades in prison, how can the Bitcoin community protect what makes Bitcoin important? Join us as Guy, along with a special guest, unravels the complex web of control and compliance reshaping the landscape of digital currency. Could this be the dawn of a new era of resistance within the bitcoin world?


    Check out the original article at ⁠Bitcoin Drain in the USA⁠. (Link: https://tinyurl.com/5n6raf5d)


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    "Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change." ~ Tony Robbins

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    4 May 2024, 7:16 pm
  • 1 hour 23 minutes
    Guy's Take_085 - They Are Coming

    "The Samurai wallet developers have been arrested. The government has responded with their opposition to the motion of dismissal in the tornado cash case. Phoenix wallet has withdrawn from the United States. Does one need to have control over the funds to be a money transmitter? Is the lightning network, is Bitcoin, is even self-custody and your home node illegal?


    The past week or so in Bitcoin has seen a flood of new developments, unfortunate events and clarifications and demands from government regulatory agencies. And it has quite clearly spooked a lot of people in the Bitcoin industry. What does it all mean and how should we respond? It's time for a guys take episode."


    I took on a whirlwind of pressing issues facing the Bitcoin ecosystem amid a slew of government actions that appear to target privacy and financial sovereignty. What does the arrest of the Samurai wallet developers, the exodus of Phoenix wallet from the U.S., and the broader implications for Bitcoin's legal landscape mean for the future of digital privacy and self-custody? I dissected these developments with a critical eye, questioning the balance between regulatory oversight and the fundamental right to privacy. Tune in for a deep dive into the legal, technical, and societal impacts of these unfolding events.


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    "I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just missed my friend."

    ~ Red, Shawshank Redemption

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    1 May 2024, 7:44 pm
  • 1 hour 7 minutes
    Read_818 - Reviewing Reviews

    "The internet assumed NOTHING and it won because it had the basic, robust, open building blocks upon which all the innovation actually occurred. The same thing has happened with Bitcoin over the last 15 years and is now starting to happen with Nostr.

    And it’s right on time, because the gateways to the internet have centralized to such a degree that the very topography of the web is changing. Access to this open bazaar is being threatened because the applications who were once gateways, have started to become gatekeepers.

    To fix this, and to fundamentally fix the internet, we need to upgrade the Internet stack and establish a new suite of superior products, services and applications that compete on value, not on gatekeeper economics.

    ~ Aleks Svetski


    How did we get from the open, decentralized bazaar that was the internet protocol, to the centralized, platform siloed experience we find ourselves in today? And by discovering how we got here, can we begin to see the path to getting out of the trap we have wandered into? Today we have an incredible article and concept brought to us by author, entrepreneur, and regular guest on the show, Alek Svetski on something they discovered in their process of building a Bitcoin LLM (Spirit of Satoshi), and how it uncovered a value case for Nostr that may very well change the nature of what we can build. You do not want to miss this read and my take to follow, I promise. Let's dive in!

    Check out the original article at Reviewing Reviews (Link: https://tinyurl.com/4dxmvtes)


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    “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”

    ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    29 April 2024, 10:40 pm
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    Read_817 - The Bitcoin Renaissance: How Lightning Will Connect Everything

    "As we discussed in Entering the Bitcoin Renaissance, our last edition, Lightning Labs CEO and Co-Founder Elizabeth Stark told The Block, “a major narrative of the next cycle will be the bitcoin renaissance, and it has already begun in full swing.” Only a few months later, and that is proving to be quite prescient!"

    ~Ryan Gentry


    Today we dive into a piece from Lightning Labs, "The Bitcoin Renaissance: How Lightning Will Connect Everything" that details out the major advances in the ecosystem of layer 2's on Bitcoin, the surge in development excitement, the multitude of projects unveiled in the past few months, the increasing connection between lightning and Ai, and the projects to keep en eye on as we head into another Bitcoin cycle. If you want a picture into the Lightning ecosystem and the many projects solving problems and creating new value, this is the read to queue up.


    Check out the original article at The Bitcoin Renaissance Is in Full Swing: How Lightning Will Connect Everything Off-Chain. (Link: https://tinyurl.com/2wzjyc2b)


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    “You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”

    ~ Richard P. Feynman

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    27 April 2024, 1:26 am
  • 1 hour 22 minutes
    Chat_098 - Replacing Gold with Tuur Demeester

    "What are we actually about? It's to an extent an open question. It's not like the Cypherpunks knew at all. It's part of our job to continue to try and figure it out. In a way we've been given this Arthurian sword or something. This very powerful thing. And so it's like, what are we going to do with it? I think that's a big part of our homework."

    ~ Tuur Demeester


    Tuur Demeester joins us to day as we dig into Bitcoin's past halvings and market cycles and how they compare to today. With 12 years of perspective, where are we in reference to the larger trends and what may lie ahead in the coming future? Tuur is deeply knowledgeable on the macro landscape and in seeing how the pieces of the puzzle fit together, explains the differences that allow us to know that Bitcoin's destiny will not end up like gold's, and a worthy note, he is also incredibly bullish. The world is changing, and Bitcoin is changing it. Don't miss this excellent conversation with Tuur Demeester


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    24 April 2024, 2:58 pm
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
    Read_816 - Why I'm Still Not Buying Bitcoin

    "I'm a Bitcoin skeptic. I'm not buying Bitcoin in 2024, even if it goes back to its recent all-time highs, or higher. Here's why."

    ~ Ben Gran


    Ben breaks down his view of Bitcoin and why he cannot see or understand any reason it would go higher. Why he doesn't invest in things that don't produce anything, because this is antithetical to investment. Why he doesn't see how something that has no purpose could possibly continue increasing in value. And how something that people claim will be the most valuable asset in the world, will also be the dominant money, because (obviously) these two ideas are contradictory. It's important to refresh our understanding of the typical person's perspective of Bitcoin, in order to be able to relate to, and hopefully explain where their thinking is wrong. So that is what I hope to do in today's episode, reading "Why I'm Still Not Buying Bitcoin in 2024" from the Motley Fool...


    Check out the original article at Why I'm (Still) Not Buying Bitcoin in 2024. (Link: https://tinyurl.com/5xnxbe5x)


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    “I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy — and when he talks about a nonscientific matter, he will sound as naive as anyone untrained in the matter.”

    ~ Richard Feynman

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    23 April 2024, 4:32 pm
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