Jimmy Song: A Philosophical Approach to Bitcoin

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Crypto Wednesday: Ash Bennington, Real Vision senior crypto editor, hosts Bitcoin developer, educator, and entrepreneur Jimmy Song to discuss how his thoughts on Bitcoin have been evolving over the last year, its future, alt-season, and the path to decentralization. Song states that value is not intrinsic, but rather subjective, and is the utility an individual can derive out of it. He explains that scarcity also factors into value, particularly money, and in that regard, Bitcoin is the ultimate store of value. As the current monetary system has a constant flow of money pushed through the economy at a high velocity, thereby creating wealth, Song explores how any form of solitary money would lose value in this system and how long-term stores of value such as real estate, stocks, and gold have power consolidated among only a few, which makes this system flawed. On the other hand, Bitcoin does not have any of these problems.

Recorded on May 10th, 2021.

Key Learnings: Song states Bitcoin is a savings technology, one that can be used over a long period of time. This, in turn, allows societies to focus on improving the future. Within the current monetary system, continual currency debasement, re-investment, and losses due to transactional fees can burden individuals too heavily in retaining the value of their money and can prevent society from bringing new goods and services to the market. Song believes Bitcoin is a civilization building technology, which can enable society to flourish in new and exciting ways.

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