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Welcome to the audio podcasting home of Saifedean Ammous and The Bitcoin Standard.


When a pseudonymous programmer introduced “a new electronic cash system that's fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party” to a small Online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention. Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks. The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications. 


While bitcoin is a new invention of the digital age, the problem it purports to solve is as old as human society itself: transferring value across time and space. Ammous takes the listener on an engaging journey through the history of technologies performing the functions of money, from primitive systems of trading limestones and seashells, to metals, coins, the gold standard, and modern government debt. Exploring what gave these technologies their monetary role, and how most lost it, provides the listener with a good idea of what makes for sound money, and sets the stage for an economic discussion of its consequences for individual and societal future-orientation, capital accumulation, trade, peace, culture, and art. Compellingly, Ammous shows that it is no coincidence that the loftiest achievements of humanity have come in societies enjoying the benefits of sound monetary regimes, nor is it coincidental that monetary collapse has usually accompanied the collapse of a civilization. 


With this background in place, the book moves on to explain the operation of bitcoin in a functional and intuitive way. Bitcoin is a decentralized, distributed piece of software that converts electricity and processing power into indisputably accurate records, thus allowing its users to utilize the Internet to perform the traditional functions of money without having to rely on, or trust, any authorities or infrastructure in the physical world. Bitcoin is thus best understood as the first successfully implemented form of digital cash and digital hard money. With an automated and perfectly predictable monetary policy, and the ability to perform final settlement of large sums across the world in a matter of minutes, Bitcoin's real competitive edge might just be as a store of value and network for final settlement of large payments - a digital form of gold with a built-in settlement infrastructure.


Ammous' firm grasp of the technological possibilities as well as the historical realities of monetary evolution provides for a fascinating exploration of the ramifications of voluntary free market money. As it challenges the most sacred of government monopolies, bitcoin shifts the pendulum of sovereignty away from governments in favor of individuals, offering us the tantalizing possibility of a world where money is fully extricated from politics and unrestrained by borders.


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In this seminar we host Michael Goldstein, @bitstein, of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute. We discuss our two favorite topics: bitcoin and meat. Michael curated justmeat.co a page with very rich resources on meat, including the amazing story of Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson. We are also fortunate to have among our attendees in the seminar Timothy Allen, filmmaker, adventurer, and photographer who has spent years traveling with nomadic tribes in the Arctic and worked on the BBC's Human Planet documentary. We discuss the diet and health of meat-eating tribes as described in Stefansson's and Timothy's travels, the joys of moving reindeer across Siberia while eating raw frozen fish, and the arctic version of red wine. Links to the topics of this conversation are on saifedean.com/podcast
We are joined this week by Stephan Livera who moderates a debate between Saifedean and Alex Gladstein, of the Human Rights Foundation, on the question of whether bitcoin is a democratic technology.Alex has written on how bitcoin can protect free speech.https://quillette.com/2019/12/17/how-bitcoin-can-protect-free-speech-in-the-digital-age/Articles and Books mentioned in the episode:Hoppe: Democracy: The God That Failedhttp://library.lol/main/6E4C0C23B1ED8FA9AA79A575B5CCA072Why Monarchies Rule for standards of livinghttps://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/monarchies-good-economies/
After five years of eating nothing but meat, Saifedean explains everything he learned about how to grill a steak, and why to grill it. Being well-nourished with meat is the best way to avoid getting addicted to highly-addictive processed junk. In this week's seminar, Saifedean discusses the most important things he learned about sourcing and preparing meat to stay healthy, as well as some of the most relevant readings that have shaped his thinking on this topic, and the connection between fiat money and fiat food.Saifedean's guide to meat is on saifedean.com/meatLinks and readings are available on saifedean.com/podcast
The Bitcoin Standard Podcast Seminar 6 with Pierre RochardWe are joined this week by Pierre Rochard, of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute: https://nakamotoinstitute.org/, to talk about:The fixed supply of bitcoinHow bitcoin differs from other moneys The significance of having a supply that can be verified cheaplyThe importance of savingsThe difference between savings and investmentsBitcoinAcks.com: Pierre's new initiative for open source financing of bitcoin developmentSome of my favorite articles by Pierre:The Bitcoin Central Bank's Perfect Monetary Policyhttps://nakamotoinstitute.org/mempool/the-bitcoin-central-banks-perfect-monetary-policy/End the Fed, Hoard Bitcoinshttps://nakamotoinstitute.org/mempool/end-the-fed-hoard-bitcoins/Fractional Reserve Banking Is Obsoletehttps://nakamotoinstitute.org/mempool/fractional-reserve-banking-is-obsolete/Working and Saving are Revolutionary Actshttps://nakamotoinstitute.org/mempool/working-and-saving-are-revolutionary-acts/
Professor Saifedean Ammous, author of The Bitcoin Standard, is in the midst of writing a new textbook titled Principle of Economics. But he's writing it in open-source form: drafting, revising, and sharing the manuscript with his online students as the book is created. And unlike most lousy college economics textbooks, his offering is rooted in Austrian theory and contains numerous references to Menger, Böhm-Bawerk, Mises, Rothbard, and Hoppe. Academia is changing, and the way we learn is ripe for disruption. Dr. Ammous is at the fore of these changes, and you don't want to miss this show.Find more from Dr. Ammous at Saifedean.com
Join the Saifedean.com seminar as we host Michael Saylor, CEO of Microstrategy, the publicly traded company that announced it was making bitcoin its primary treasure reserve asset, and purchasing 38,250 BTC (~$425m). Saylor explains how this was a deliberate decision to put the company on a bitcoin standard.To stay informed of progress on Saifedean's upcoming book, The Fiat Standard, sign up on saifedean.com/emailSaifedean's paper Michael mentioned, on Bitcoin monetization scenario, and how banks are "fiat miners": https://saifedean.com/product/report-title-2/All of Saifedean's research papers written after The Bitcoin Standard can be found on saifedean.com/researchSaifedean's The Bitcoin Standard, out in 21 languages: saifedean.com/book
Saifedean Ammous is the author of The Bitcoin Standard. We talk about the university system, how money has made it highly inefficient and how the internet is routing around it. Saifedean also tells us about how government money has made colleges into ineffective research institutions, how PhD students are abused as cheap labor and how competition will ultimately help everyone.Visit Dr. Ammous' website for information on his economics courses and upcoming books.https://saifedean.com
Seminar 4 with Dr. Ammous for September 17, 2020Visit saifedean.com for information on Dr. Ammous' economics course offerings, and his upcoming books Principles of Economics & The Fiat Standard.
In this episode of Power Hour by Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, interviews Dr. Saifedean Ammous, economist and author of "The Bitcoin Standard."Alex and Dr. Ammous discuss a wide range of topics, including:How Ammous got interested in energy economics.What Ammous learned studying the economics of biofuels.Why it’s crucial to think of time as the most important resource.How energy relates to time.How economists tend to undervalue energy - and what Ammous is doing to address this.Additionally, they discuss several foundational issues in economics, such as the nature of money, economic calculation, the nature of value, and opportunity cost.Visit https://saifedean.com for more information on Dr. Ammous and his upcoming books.
The Bitcoin Standard Podcast Seminar 3, September 10, 2020In this seminar we discuss bitcoin's difficulty adjustment, what I view as the secret sauce that makes bitcoin work!Seminar notes and links available on saifedean.com/podcast.
Links to all the readings mentioned in this seminar can be found on saifedean.com/podcast.This seminar focuses on the economics of energy. How does the economic way of thinking help us understand the energy market, and recent events like the California blackouts. I discuss the content of the economics of energy chapter in my forthcoming textbook, Principles of Economics, and how marginal analysis can help us understand the limitations of unreliable energy sources, as well as the world's continued reliance on hydrocarbons for energy.
Saifedean Ammous is an economist and the author of The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, which has been translated into 20 languages. In this episode, he discusses:the basic tenets of Austrian economics and why it is the only school where Bitcoin is possiblehistorical examples of currencies and how they lost their monetary valuethe stock-to-flow model and how Bitcoin fits into that modelthe three functions, or descriptive properties, of money and why Bitcoin fulfills these functionsthe concept of sound moneythe idea of time preference in economics and why he believes it is so importantthe distinction between debt and money, and why they are not the samethe significance of difficulty adjustment and why he believes it is the crowning achievement of Bitcoinwhy he views Bitcoin as the best store of value humanity has ever inventedthe metrics he watches when assessing Bitcoinwhat he thinks is in store for Bitcoin in the future, and whether he still thinks central banks will buy Bitcoin as a reserve currencyhis thoughts on Ethereum and other digital currenciesand his predictions for Bitcoin in the next yearThank you to our sponsor! Crypto.com: https://crypto.com/Episode links: Saifedean Ammous: https://twitter.com/saifedeanSaifedean’s website: https://saifedean.comThe Bitcoin Standard: https://saifedean.com/book/Invest Like the Best episode with Saifedean: http://investorfieldguide.com/ammous/What Bitcoin Did episode with Saifedean: https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcas...Plan B’s stock-to-flow model applied to Bitcoin: https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/mo...https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/bi...Essay on why the stock-to-flow model is wrong: https://www.coindesk.com/why-the-stoc...
Starting this week, the Bitcoin Standard podcast will be releasing a recording of the weekly saifedean.com weekly discussion seminar. The seminar is open to anyone taking courses from saifedean.com, and focuses on discussing the material of the courses, as well as more broader discussion of Bitcoin, Austrian economics, and various current affairs. Notes and links can be found on saifedean.com/podcastMain points on Monarchy vs Democracy1.Time preference2.Security of property3.War4.Democracy has perverse selection5.Democracy legitimates government6.Kings don't owe anybody anything7.Rise of civilizations under monarchyRelevant quote from Hoppe: "Traditional monarchies only resemble dictatorships superficially. Instead, dictatorships are a regular outgrowth of mass democracy. Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, and Mao were distinctly democratic rulers as compared to the former Emperors of Russia, Germany, Austria, and China. Indeed, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, and Mao (and almost all of their smaller and lesser known successors) were outspoken in their hatred of everything monarchic and aristocratic. They knew that they owed their rise to democratic mass politics, and they employed democratic politics (elections, referenda, mass rallies, mass media propaganda, etc.) throughout their reign."Further Readings:Hoppe, Democracy: The God That Failed
Hoppe, Political Economy of Monarchy and DemocracyHoppe, The Myth of National DefenseErik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Monarchy and WarLeland Yeager, A Libertarian Case for MonarchyOn MicroStrategy's purchase of Bitcoin, see my recent email to my mailing list.Here is the wikipedia page of the founder of Harvard's nutrition department, which contains amazing insights into his and his universty's contributions to the promotion of industrial sludge as food.
From the Stephan Livera Podcasthttps://stephanlivera.com/Guest Saifedean Ammoushttps://saifedean.comhttps://twittercom/saifedean
SLP69 Saifedean Ammous – How governments could kill Bitcoin and Bitcoin scenariosFrom the Stephan Livera Podcasthttps://stephanlivera.com/Guest Saifedean Ammoushttps://saifedean.comhttps://twittercom/saifedean
Watch Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Delphi Digital, interview Saifedean Ammous, author of "The Bitcoin Standard" -- get even more interviews like these by visiting https://rvtv.io/CryptoGathering. The Crypto Gathering only lasts today and tomorrow, so join while you still have the chance!
Matthew interviews Dr. Saifedean Ammous, Austrian economist and author of The Bitcoin Standard.Saifedean comes back on the show for an in depth discussion on some classical principles of (Austrian) economics, of which he is currently lecturing online in his second Principles of Economics course, available now (link below).We cover what makes Austrianism different from mainstream Keynesianism, why Austrianism's common sense isn't so "common," what a true monopoly is (can you find one?), and some debates among Austrians in money and banking.We also cover the Bitcoin upcoming halvening (is it priced in?), mining centralization, and gold.Listen on to learn more.Links for more info:twitter.com/saifedeansaifedean.com/saifedean.com/academy/saifedean.com/book/mises.org/profile/saifedean-h-ammousmises.org/profile/juan-ram%C3%…3n-rallo-juli%C3%A1nShow Sponsor:hodlhodl.com/join/cryptovoicesHosts: Matthew Mežinskis, Fernando UlrichMusic: New Friend Music newfriendmusic.com/Site: cryptovoices.com/
Today's guest is none other than @Saifedean Ammous author of the Bitcoin Standard. Join us as we take a deep dive into the concept of time preference and #Bitcoin.Learn how @Saifedean views the world and what life experiences have helped him change and shape his thinking to a low time preference mindset.Co-host Lauren and twin brother Samuel return to ask a 9-year-old #Bitcoin related question to @Saifedean, which he answers with aplomb!Find out @Saifedean thoughts about the current University and #education system and why he now prefers to teach outside of mainstream academia.Finally, find out who @saifedean would like to read his book so that they could learn about #Bitcoin and low time preference in order to share the message with their huge audiences.Full List Of Shills and Mench's:https://saifedean.com/Lionel Messi - https://messi.com/@Cristiano Ronaldo @princey1976
www.saifedean.comaifedean's recent appearance on Tales From The Crypt"Join Marty as he sits down with Saifedean Ammous, author of The Bitcoin Standard, to discuss:- Academia- Bitcoinization might not play out how you think- The collective "We"- Building his Economics course- much more"
"Bitcoin is poorly suited to the purpose of becoming any nation's main medium of exchange."That was the topic of a public debate hosted by the Soho Forum in New York City on August 12, 2019. It featured George Selgin, director of the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives at the Cato Institute, and economist Saifedean Ammous, author of The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking (2018). Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein moderated.Welcome to the audio podcasting home of Saifedean Ammous and The Bitcoin Standard.When a pseudonymous programmer introduced “a new electronic cash system that's fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party” to a small Online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention. Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks. The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications. Ammous' firm grasp of the technological possibilities as well as the historical realities of monetary evolution provides for a fascinating exploration of the ramifications of voluntary free market money. As it challenges the most sacred of government monopolies, bitcoin shifts the pendulum of sovereignty away from governments in favor of individuals, offering us the tantalizing possibility of a world where money is fully extricated from politics and unrestrained by borders.The Bitcoin Standard is available now through Amazon. Click the link below to pick up your copy today.https://amzn.to/2mSafMrFor more information visit The Bitcoin Standard homepage,https://saifedean.com/Twitter - https://twitter.com/saifedeanInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/saifedean/Audio Podcast - http://bit.ly/thebitcoinstandardPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/saifedeanYou can read the original Bitcoin Whitepaper here,https://thebitcoinwhitepaper.com/
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Steve Z

Looking forward to the podcast! The book is a MUST read.

Jun 30th
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