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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.

    SBF proves we live in post post post-modernism (clown world)

    SBF proves we live in post post post-modernism (clown world)

    I'm sure most reading this probably have heard the news about the collapse of FTX and the ensuing crypto financial contagion it's caused. A lot of strange and bad analyses are being spread around crypto Twitter and elsewhere so Ben Basche (@basche42) and I try to describe a more reasonable account of the situation that doesn't flirt with fascism.

    During the interview we review and contextualize the series of events, the strange literalness of everything, and what the next steps are. We also discuss Ben's article on the road ahead for crypto which you can find on his Mirror page.

    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) or Mastodon (@theblockchainsocialist@social.coop) and join the r/CryptoLeftists subreddit and Discord to join the discussion.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Techno-Utopianism vs Class Struggle Technologism

    Techno-Utopianism vs Class Struggle Technologism

    For this interview I spoke to Izzy Meckler (@izmeckler), the Chief Science Officer of 0(1) Labs which is currently building the Mina Protocol. Mina is a blockchain that utilizes zero-knowledge proofs to be as light and scalable as possible. Izzy is also an active member of East Bay DSA and has a blog called Parametricity.

    During the interview we spoke about his journey from making a startup to becoming a socialist and converting it to a worker-owned cooperative, how zero-knowledge proofs work, and the political implications of these technologies.

    Mentioned Sources
    On Moralism
    On Techno-Utopianism
    Mina Protocol Documentation
    snarkyJS Github

    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) or Mastodon (@theblockchainsocialist@social.coop) and join the r/CryptoLeftists subreddit and Discord to join the discussion.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Talking Politics with Vitalik Buterin (Part 2)

    Talking Politics with Vitalik Buterin (Part 2)

    I interviewed Vitalik Buterin about his thoughts on the political aspects of crypto. It was a candid discussion about his book "Proof of Stake", the evolution of Ethereum, and the dangers of the far right.
    Although our discussion happened just before the current scandal with FTX, there were many relevant threads. History has shown that similar types of events can create openings for radicalization and it's important that we make the appropriate moves to tamp down the fascistic tendencies in this space. 


    This is the second half of the full 2.5 hour long discussion we had. Although you don't have to, I'd recommend listening to the first half of the interview which you should be able to find it on whichever platform you're listening to this episode.


    Very big thank you to alritedi for helping produce this episode . You can hear his music throughout the episode and find his music through his linktree.


    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) or Mastodon (@theblockchainsocialist@social.coop) and join the r/CryptoLeftists subreddit and Discord to join the discussion.
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Talking Politics with Vitalik Buterin (Part 1)

    Talking Politics with Vitalik Buterin (Part 1)

    I interviewed Vitalik Buterin about his thoughts on the political aspects of crypto. It was a candid discussion about his book "Proof of Stake", the evolution of Ethereum, and the dangers of the far right.
    Although our discussion happened just before the current scandal with FTX, there were many relevant threads. History has shown that similar types of events can create openings for radicalization and it's important that we make the appropriate moves to tamp down the fascistic tendencies in this space. 


    This is just the first half of the full 2.5 hour long discussion we had. The second half of the interview will be released next week, or if you can't wait that long, you can listen to the full interview already through Patreon, or the crypto native way via Unlock Protocol on my website. To do this you will need to buy a Membership NFT with BREAD tokens on the Polygon network. You can get the tokens with DAI here and learn more about the application here. 


    The NFT works similar to Patreon in that it allows a monthly recurring payment of 10 BREAD, but will give access to all future paid content directly on this website. You only need to pay 10 BREAD for access to this interview and continuously only if you want to support and get access to future bonus content.


    If in the past you have purchased an NFT on Mirror from a Breadchain Cooperative article, you've also been airdropped a membership NFT to the same wallet and should be able to access the full interview without paying.

    Very big thank you to alritedi for helping produce this episode . You can hear his music throughout the episode and find his music through his linktree.


    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) or Mastodon (@theblockchainsocialist@social.coop) and join the r/CryptoLeftists subreddit and Discord to join the discussion.
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Participatory Budgeting, Real Public Goods, and why Bernie would've won with quadratic funding

    Participatory Budgeting, Real Public Goods, and why Bernie would've won with quadratic funding

    For this interview I spoke to Eli Zeger (@ezeger16), a  writer, editor, and musician. He is also a worker-owner at Ampled and a member of the Exit to Community Collective.  He recently published a piece for the Zora Zine titled Appetite for Redistribution: Budgeting for All  talking about how blockchains and quadratic funding could be used to facilitate and scale participatory budgeting .

    During the interview we spoke about the history of public campaign fund matching  in NYC, how the local NYC election system used to be more democratic until the Cold War, and how adding quadratic funding mechanisms could be a powerful tool for democracy.  
     
    More from Eli
    Ranked Choice Voting in NYC
    Public Matching Funds in NYC
    How to make voting more truly representative
    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.
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    • 53 min
    Why Socialists should NOT cede crypto to the Right

    Why Socialists should NOT cede crypto to the Right

    For this interview I spoke to Joshua Citarella (@JoshuaCitarella on social media), an artist, researcher, and Twitch streamer who studies niche online communities. He authored the book the Politigram and the Post-Left exploring esoteric online political beliefs. He has done a lot of work exploring various "e-deologies" and the very online young people who create and subscribe to them.

    During the interview we discussed the pros and cons of e-deologies, how gamer guilds practice market socialism, and the need to contest spaces, even if they are aestheticized as being right wing. We also spoke about the current problems facing leftwing media and how we have so far settled with allowing platforms like Patreon to essentially be our shared infrastructure rather than creating our own.

    “E-deology” is an internet slang term used to describe the overuse of prefixes and suffixes to generate complex ideological labels. These hyper-specific categories serve as a gamified form of identity play and niche personal branding in the chaotic landscape of online politics.

    More from Joshua Citarella
    DKP is Market Socialism Video
    Yung Chomsky on Physical Fitness and the Left Podcast
    Joshua Citarella's 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

    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

TravCrypto ,

Excellent Podcast Host

I was honored to be apart of the most recent TBS podcast regarding Idena. Thanks for being a great host and clearly communicating, keep up the great work!

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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