Jun 16, 2021
Last week, El Salvador announced that Bitcoin would be accepted as Legal Tender. We bring on our favorite Bitcoiner Nic Carter to the State of the Nation to discuss this monumental historical event -- a nation-state officially recognizing Bitcoin as a currency.
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State of the Nation #50: El Salvador Adopting Bitcoin
Guest: Nic Carter
Nic Carter, recently verified on Twitter, is a partner at Castle Island and 4-time guest on Bankless. In 2021, Nic has spent much of his time dispelling the common myths frequently pointed at Bitcoin by the mainstream media, and he has been a general in the Green Energy war taking place around Bitcoin.
Last week, Nic started a Twitter Space to discuss El Salvador adopting Bitcoin as legal tender, a historic moment for crypto. Nayib Bukele, the President of El Salvador, joined the Space as the El Salvadorian congress ratified the bill. This twitter space ultimately garnered over 20,000 listeners, including some of the biggest names in crypto. Bukele showed himself to be savvy with both tech and social media, earning his label as a populist.
This is a pivotal time for cryptocurrency. The news from El Salvador bring up increasingly important questions like the relationship between nation-states and digital value. There are a variety of motives for El Salvador to adopt Bitcoin including lessening dependence on US monetary policy, as the Dollar was previously the sole currency of the country.
What does it mean for a country to adopt a cryptocurrency? Is Bitcoin being used for its 'intended purpose?' Is this a populist reprisal? Do these events represent a rejection of the Cantillon effect, and a move against the monetary hierarchy of capital gains taxes? In this State of the Nation, we cover these questions and more as we digest this monumental news and figure out what to make of it.
Nic on Twitter:
Nic's Podcast, On the Brink:
Crypto-Fiat Mutualistic or Parasitic:
8:30 Nic Carter, Global Diplomat
10:18 Does El Salvador Change Everything?
15:43 Capital Gains
20:24 President Nayib Bukele
26:04 Is this good for El Salvador?
34:55 Lightning Network
40:15 Custodial Bitcoin
43:10 Bitcoin's Biggest Test
52:13 The First Domino to Fall
58:01 Is This Freedom or Coercion?
1:03:27 Pumping their own Bags
1:09:23 Authoritarian Populism
1:15:03 Gateway to DeFi
1:18:30 Physical vs. Digital
1:23:54 Closing & Disclaimers
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