Bitcoin’s Social Contract with Robert Breedlove

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My guest today is Robert Breedlove, a Bitcoin-focused entrepreneur, writer, and philosopher. Robert is the host of the “What Is Money?” podcast. Through his writing and media work, Robert aims to elucidate the importance of freedom and self-sovereignty across all spheres of human action. To him, Bitcoin is fundamentally a humanitarian movement exposing the greatest con in human history: central banking. By learning about the connection between honest money, entrepreneurship, and civilization, we are renewing hope for the future of humanity. To this end, Robert's mission is to restore freedom, truth, and virtue in our world by tenaciously asking the question: "What is Money?” He was raised in Tennessee attending Southern Baptist Churches but spent most of his life spiritual yet agnostic. Through his explorations down the proverbial “Bitcoin rabbit hole,” Robert found himself becoming reacquainted with Christiantity at the age of 33. He was particularly inspired by Austrian economics and the teachings of Jordan Peterson, which helped him reconcile his purely objective outlook on reality with its more subjective dimensions of valuation, morality, and meaning. Robert considers himself a Freedom Maximalist and believes he has found his life’s work in the Bitcoin space as a contributor to the separation of money and state. In our conversation we discuss Bitcoin, the importance of private property, the connection between Bitcoin and Christianity, the emergence of mass psychosis throughout society, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing Robert’s personal spiritual journey and how Bitcoin helped him reconnect with Christianity. We discuss the connection between Bitcoin and Western Philosophy. Robert does an excellent job at explaining how the writings of Jordan Peterson and Austrian Economists helped lay the groundwork for his understanding of Bitcoin and strengthen his belief in Christianity. We dive deep into the connections between moral virtues exalted in the Bible and how those are mirrored by the rules governing Bitcoin. Our conversation transitions to a discussion about the importance of property rights for the success of a society. Robert did an excellent job at explaining why strong property eighths are necessary for a society to function properly. We go to discuss how our current economic doctrine is at odds with the natural law which may be causing the societal rifts currently facing Western Civilization. This naturally leads to the discussion of how our society is facing an epidemic of mass psychosis. We discuss the importance of independent thinking and the fight for rational thought. Another major discussion point in our conversation was the social contract Bitcoin creates for society. We discuss how the social contract created by Bitcoin is the culmination of Western Philosophy by hard coding unalienable property rights for everyone. We discuss the positive externalities of unalienable property rights will have on society. The last portion of our discussion centered around the moral case for Bitcoin and the applications of a truly sovereign monetary system from the state. This conversation will make you think about the hard questions facing our society. If you are interested in the intersection of money, politics, economics and society, you’re not gonna wanna miss this conversation. Please enjoy my discussion with Robert Breedlove.

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