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This is episode 160 of You, Me, and BTC – your liberty and Bitcoin podcast!
Today’s episode is all about an absolutely amazing message we received from one of our biggest fans. We called for feedback last week, and Mathew O’Keefe came in clutch. He asked three specific questions that will guide this entire episode.
First up, we’ll chat about Satoshi Nakamoto. Way, way back in episode 98, we considered the possibility that Satoshi could win a Nobel Prize in Economics. Mathew wants to know if Bitcoin’s creator gets enough credit, so we’ll share our thoughts.
Then after that, we’ll discuss Andreas Antonopoulos, an extremely respected man in the Bitcoin space. He’s one of our biggest role models, but should we worry that he’ll one day use his influence to negatively affect Bitcoin?
And to wrap things up, we’ll get to one of the most important topics in YMB history: the government. Mathew is from Australia and says that his neighbors respect the government way more than people do in America. So to explain our political skepticism, we’ll share our own, personal stories about how we came to believe in true liberty.
Your hosts this week are Daniel Brown, Tim Baker, and John Stuart. Tune in to hear the deepest, darkest secrets about our history in anarchy!
Leave a comment and tell us if you think Satoshi Nakamoto deserves a Nobel Prize!
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  • What role (if any) should the gov’t play in the continued funding of cutting-edge scientific research? According to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development), approximately 10% of all R&D conducted globally is directly funded by governments, with approximately 60% done by private industry and 20% by educational institutions. Granted, this number probably doesn’t take into account indirect gov’t funding through tax subsidies and incentives. That 10% goes towards projects on the cutting edge of science, such as NASAs various space ventures and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (funded through the governments of the member states). Proponents of big gov’t science, such as Neil Degrasse Tyson, have stated in the past that projects like these are unlikely to be privately funded due to their high risk, high cost, and lack of return on investment. Gov’t, claims Tyson, is required to make the initial step and take all the risk so that private firms can follow in its wake with a clear picture of the requirements of such endeavours. TAM 2011: Our Future in Space Would such high risk, high cost projects be possible without gov’t backing?

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  • Silsal, as the venture is titled, utilizes an electronic blockchain record framework to give full load perceivability and streamline exchange streams and supply chains. Whenever tried effectively, the Silsal blockchain task hopes to mechanize the trade, ID, and affirmation of load reports between Abu Dhabi ports and Belgium’s Port of Antwerp. Every partner demonstrations like a hub of a blockchain organize who gets the chance to get to and recognize the ongoing store network of the transported things. Abu Dhabi Ports has collaborated with its Belgian partner to start a blockchain-fueled production network pilot venture. News Source: TheCoinRepublic

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  •   Weixing Chen and Yang Jun, the two Chinese entrepreneurs are pairing up to launch a blockchain based ride hailing app. However, the plan is to offer different life-style services that include ride hailing and deliveries. Read news here: Blockchain Based Ride Hailing App

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  • It can be a challenge to keep up with all the taxes one needs to pay throughout the year, and than to deal with all the paperwork that needs to be filed can be frustrating. What would be a good way to simplify the Tax Code? Below is a list of some of the taxes that we the people need to pay, or at least we experience their effects at one time or another. -Medicare, Medicare, Social Security, Federal Inocme Tax, State tax, Local Tax, Corporate tax, Sales Tax, Property Tax, estate tax, alcohol tax, tobacco tax, gift tax, tariffs on imports and exports, etc. Would a simple flat or consumption tax do the trick?

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  • Venezuela has the highest violent crime rate in the world. Though it is not moral or justified, people choose violence over starvation when there are no alternatives. Of course, “we” libertarians all know that this situation was created by government/s coercion’s consequences, but so few among the greater population seem to recognize that. It seems like a similar fate faces the whole world.

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