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A podcast by The Blockchain Socialist (@TBSocialist) giving a platform for those at the intersection of blockchain and Left politics.

The Blockchain Socialist The Blockchain Socialist

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A podcast by The Blockchain Socialist (@TBSocialist) giving a platform for those at the intersection of blockchain and Left politics.

    The heterodox politics of the internet of blockchains and sustainability existentialism

    The heterodox politics of the internet of blockchains and sustainability existentialism

    For this week's episode I spoke with Ethan Buchman (@buchmanster), the founder of Cosmos and the CEO of  Informal Systems, a worker-owned cooperative helping build the infrastructure of the Cosmos Network. Cosmos is a particular blockchain with the goal of creating the internet of blockchains by creating a layer that facilitates interoperability between different blockchains.
     
    During the interview we talk about Ethan's own heterodox political views, synthesizing the works of the Austrian school and Karl Polanyi among others for creating what he calls "sustainability existentialism." We also talk about how these politics influenced the creation of Cosmos, his fears of the current state of the crypto ecosystem, and  the difference between DeFi degens and regens.

    Here are some more sources to learn more about Ethan's heterodox political views:
    Reconsidering the Factors of ProductionThread on AustriansDistributed StateIf you liked the podcast be sure to give it a review on your preferred podcast platform. If you find content like this important consider donating to my Patreon starting at just $3 per month. It takes quite a lot of my time and resources so any amount helps. Follow me on Twitter (@TBSocialist) and join the r/CryptoLeftists subreddit and Discord to join the discussion.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Bitcoin is the New Data is the New Oil

    Bitcoin is the New Data is the New Oil

    For this episode I spoke with Maryam Monalisa Gharavi (@wcncnd), an Iranian-American artist, writer, and theorist whose work explores the interplay between aesthetic and political valences in the public domain.. She conceived of the Oil Research Group, a one woman collective exploring the relationship between oil, data, and bitcoin.

    "Data is the new oil" was coined by the British mathematician Clive Humby in 2006 and since then has become a bit of a cliché phrase in the business world. While there may be some ways the metaphor works, there are clearly some big differences, like oil being a finite source and data being seemingly an infinite one. However, the digital scarcity introduced by bitcoin potentially changes this dynamic. During the interview Monalisa and I talk about the goals of the Oil Research Group, the pros and cons of frictionlessness, and the preciousness of data.

    “Every new technology necessitates a new war” - Marshall McLuhan.

    If you liked the podcast be sure to give it a review on your preferred podcast platform. If you find content like this important consider donating to my Patreon starting at just $3 per month. It takes quite a lot of my time and resources so any amount helps. Follow me on Twitter (@TBSocialist) and join the r/CryptoLeftists subreddit and Discord to join the discussion.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theblockchainsocialist)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Original Cryptoartist was also the Original Cryptoleftist

    The Original Cryptoartist was also the Original Cryptoleftist

    For this interview I spoke with Rhea Myers (@rheaplex),  an artist, hacker and writer originally from the UK now based in Vancouver. Her work places technology and culture in mutual interrogation to produce new ways of seeing the world as it unfolds around us. She’s been involved in the blockchain art world probably for as long as it has existed and has had her art recently featured in Sotheby’s first NFT auction sale.

    What I've found incredible about her work is how prescient it was around art and includes the first writings attempting to synthesize blockchain with left politics. For example, her piece Crypto 2.0 and DAWCs: Dawn of Decentralized Autonomous Workers Councils  was published in 2015, right at the start of the discourse around DAOs, and already she had the foresight to see the implications this could have for left organizing.

    She is also a longtime collaborator with Furtherfield, a not-for-profit international community hub for arts, technology and social change in London, and you can find much of her work with them here.  She is one of the authors who contributed to the Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain book published by Furtherfield which is a must read for anyone, not only artists, who want to rethink blockchain. I previously also interviewed Ruth Catlow, one of the founders of Furtherfield on the podcast if you want more context.

    If you liked the podcast be sure to give it a review on your preferred podcast platform. If you find content like this important consider donating to my Patreon starting at just $3 per month. It takes quite a lot of my time and resources so any amount helps. Follow me on Twitter (@TBSocialist) and join the r/CryptoLeftists subreddit and Discord to join the discussion.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theblockchainsocialist)

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Bail Bloc: A Cryptocurrency Scheme Against Bail

    Bail Bloc: A Cryptocurrency Scheme Against Bail

    Bailbloc is a cryptocurrency scheme against bail through The New Inquiry, in which you can  download the app and a small portion of your computer's unused processing power is redirected toward mining Monero. At the end of every month, Bailbloc exchanges the Monero for US dollars and donates the earnings to one of the bail funds in the National Bail Fund Network on a rotational basis. Due to changes in the US legal system around bail, the project is in the process of being phased out, however all of the code is open source and can potentially be used for other purposes.
    For this interview I spoke to Grayson Earle (@graysonearle). He is an artist in residence at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Center for Art and Urbanistics) in Berlin and one of the creators of Bail Bloc. During the interview we talk about how an why he created Bailbloc, the lessons learned from it, and his suggestions for people who would want to do something similar. We also talk a little bit about Breadchain and the similarities it has with how Bailbloc approached cryptocurrency to collectivize gains for good.

    If you liked the podcast be sure to give it a review on your preferred podcast platform. If you find content like this important consider donating to my Patreon starting at just $3 per month. It takes quite a lot of my time and resources so any amount helps. Follow me on Twitter (@TBSocialist) and join the r/CryptoLeftists subreddit and Discord to join the discussion.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theblockchainsocialist)

    • 59 min
    Teaser - The Connection between Blockchain, Cooperatives, and DAOs

    Teaser - The Connection between Blockchain, Cooperatives, and DAOs

    This is a teaser of a patreon exclusive episode. As a patron you have the ability to vote on the topic / question of a monthly patreon exclusive podcast. For this month the topic voted on was about the connection between blockchain and cooperatives.

    Get the full version on Patreon.

    If you liked the podcast be sure to give it a review on your preferred podcast platform. If you find content like this important consider donating to my Patreon starting at just $3 per month. It takes quite a lot of my time and resources so any amount helps. Follow me on Twitter (@TBSocialist) and join the r/CryptoLeftists subreddit and Discord to join the discussion.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theblockchainsocialist)

    • 2 min
    The Drivers Cooperative: Go Where Workers Are and Organize With Them

    The Drivers Cooperative: Go Where Workers Are and Organize With Them

    The Drivers Cooperative is a ride-hailing platform similar to Uber except owned by the workers not venture capital starting in NYC. They are currently having a fundraiser here where you can invest in and support the workers' movement in the US directly while receiving potentially a 2.5x return.

    For this interview, I spoke with Jason Prado (@jasonpjason), an ex-Silicon Valley developer and startup founder who left the Silicon Valley dream to  assist the 2020 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and current Chief Technologist of The Drivers Cooperative. He also has a Substack called Venture Commune.

    During the interview we discuss his journey from techno-utopian thinking to socialism and his thesis for how tech workers should be helping other workers build power. Hint: go where workers are and organize with them rather than try to build tech in a vacuum.  We also talk about some potential future ideas for leveraging crypto for The Drivers Cooperative similar to a DAO.

    If you're interested in joining the Drivers Coop  as a software developer, they are hiring! You can find open positions here.

    If you liked the podcast be sure to give it a review on your preferred podcast platform. If you find content like this important consider donating to my Patreon starting at just $3 per month. It takes quite a lot of my time and resources so any amount helps. Follow me on Twitter (@TBSocialist) and join the r/CryptoLeftists subreddit and Discord to join the discussion.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theblockchainsocialist)

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

heroman2021 ,

blockchain socialist is a great podcast

Very good intrviews and I learned alot about crypto for socialist and criticism of Austrian conomics.

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