Hour 1 - 3
Hour 1 -- Tone Vays (trader, risk analyst, blogger; Columnist @ BraveNewCoin) recaps recent conferences he has attended and/or spoken at; and upcoming conferences he will be speaking at, including Anarchapuclo
Hour 2 -- Tone Vays Cont'd
Hour 3 -- Darryl Perry (2016 Libertarian Candidate for President, author, publisher & radio/TV host) on his presidential run, Free Press Publications, and various liberty issues
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Tone has been working on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a risk analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the financial crisis. His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in Crypto Currencies in early 2013 he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology to people looking to better understand the current financial system. He is the Head or Research at BraveNewCoinwhere you can find his latest work after previously writing at CoinTelegraph. Tone still attempts to maintain his personal blog LibertyLifeTrail focused on sound economics, privacy, free-thinking and adventurous travel.
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Bitcoin Foundation and Blockchain Alliance. Here is an article that provides perspectives:
Controversy arises as new Blockchain Alliance engages with US law enforcement
by Luke Parker Date 24 October 2015, 11am NZDT - BraveNewCoin.Com
The Blockchain Alliance is a new, nonprofit organization founded by bitcoin advocacy groups the Chamber of Digital Commerce and Coin Center. It aims to serve as a "public-private forum," where members speak over a shared email group, in order to discuss bitcoin and blockchain related criminal activities, such as the dreaded Cryptolocker extortion scam.
"Today we announced the formation of the Blockchain Alliance, a forum for law enforcement and regulators to ask questions of each other and to share information, and for law enforcement and regulators to get technical assistance from industry on understanding the blockchain."
- Jerry Brito, Coin Center Executive Director
Advising the alliance is Dr. James Newsome, former chair of the CFTC, and legal counsel Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. Participants include a range of 16 bitcoin services.
MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative
"The companies participating in this initiative are not only good companies, but they are also good corporate citizens. For the blockchain to thrive, the industry must work together to correct the misperception of bitcoin as the 'currency of criminals'."
- Jason Weinstein, Blockchain Alliance Director and Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP
An obvious hurdle in the path of Bitcoin's mass adoption is the misconceived association of bitcoins with crime. It's of little mystery why so many upstanding pillars of the bitcoin community would want to create an organization that helps bury those associations.
"Like the Internet 20 years ago, blockchain is a technological phenomenon that opens many possibilities. Just like with the Internet, some have used this innovative technology in illegal ways. We fully understand the importance of combating the criminal activity around bitcoin blockchain. The Blockchain Alliance is an important initiative that will add transparency and help improve public perception of bitcoin blockchain."
- Valery Vavilov, BitFury CEO
Across the table, the Blockchain Alliance is engaged with seven U.S. agencies.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (DHS)
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The U.S. Secret Service (SS)
The U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
There are also plans to engage with other U.S. and foreign agencies in the future. "It's no secret that Bitcoin has perception issues, which is a roadblock to mainstream adoption. Having an open dialogue with law enforcement and policymakers will help reduce anxiety about this transformative technology," states Perianne Boring, Chamber of Digital Commerce President.
With so many U.S. law enforcement departments, many of which have a history with the Bitcoin community, it should be no surprise that opinions are divided about the new alliance, in the libertarian-leaning bitcoin community.
Perhaps the most vocal opponent, Bruce Fenton, is the current Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation and Founder of Atlantic Financial. Fenton has been posting across a range of social media outlets, detailing his disappointment in the move.
"I pointed it out when the Lawsky fiasco began and my message was not heard widely enough. I'm telling you again: this will be a bad thing for Bitcoin"
Fenton laid out his concerns for the Blockchain Alliance, stating "I can see that this will also be a massive train wreck that will again harm the industry I care so much about."
"Today's Blockchain Alliance announcement is one of the most sad and discouraging things I've seen in ?#Bitcoin? -- an alliance of tech companies with the DHS/ TSA, ICE and the same FBI who seeks Snowden ....all led by the DOJ prosecutor poster child for Fast & Furious? How could anyone think this is a good idea?"
Jason Weinstein is the "poster child" Fenton referred to, he will serve as Director of the newly formed Blockchain Alliance, and is currently Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. "Fast & Furious," was a DOJ scandal where more than 2,000 US-purchased guns were sold to drug cartels by US agents.
Weinstein resigned when the Justice Department inspector general's report on the operation was released. "[Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein] was the most senior person in the Department in April and May 2010 who was in a position to identify the similarity between the inappropriate tactics used in Operations Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious," states the report.
While believing in good engagement with law enforcement, Fenton was quick to point out that these particular are not lawmakers or regulators, just enforcers. "no amount of convincing will get them to relax, consider or change policy."
"Meanwhile, derivatives scams, penny stock pumping schemes, dishonest bond underwriting, conflicts of interest, corrupt rating services, fraudulent marketing and outright frauds run rampant."
Although less vocal, one of the first venture capital investors in bitcoin, Roger Ver, appears to agree with Fentons opposition, stating that "regulators aren't adept at catching bad actors, but are far more adept at creating hurdles for legitimate business."
There have been many others weighing in on forums and social media, questioning the possibility of backdoors being built into bitcoin service provider platforms. Legally mandated backdoors for data access have been an ongoing topic of discussion in the US.
The Obama Administration recently said that it won't support legislation forcing firms to decode encrypted messages. But this didn't provide much solace for privacy advocates, the administration says it will pursue other means to get people's data.
This means that the federal government won't be forcing companies to build backdoor access into their services and devices any time soon, a measure that many intelligence agencies have been asking for.
Instead of pushing for formal legislation mandating backdoors, the administration has decided that it will continue its efforts to informally pressure companies into creating a way for the government to look at people's data when they are under investigation.
"The administration has decided not to seek a legislative remedy now, but it makes sense to continue the conversations with industry."
- FBI Director James B. Comey
Jerry Brito reiterated this point, "The Blockchain Alliance is not a backdoor for the government to get information about companies or their customers."
"The protection of privacy and civil liberties is paramount. The discussions between industry and government through the Blockchain Alliance will not be about particular investigations or targets. Rather, they will be higher-level discussions about typologies, trends, and technical issues. The participating companies would not share information about their customers/users except as required by law."
Ver disagrees, "It's also important to remember that the biggest danger in this world isn't from evil people. It is from good people who blindly obey the orders of evil people because they imagine them to have "authority." Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and other evil people wouldn't have been able to accomplish anything if it wasn't for the basically good people who blindly followed their orders."
Core Developer Gavin Andresen, who is the Bitcoin Foundation's Chief Scientist, doesn't agree with Ver in this case, and believes that engaging with law enforcement will help bitcoin grow. "I still think engaging is the best strategy."
"Yes, there will be more failures like the BitLicense, but overall I think every positive interaction with law enforcement or regulators helps move opinions from 'Bitcoin is Evil and must be eliminated' towards 'Bitcoin is an innovative technology that should be allowed to grow'."
- Gavin Andresen
No one appears to doubt that the Alliance members' intentions are sincere, but it is clear that experts in the bitcoin space are divided on whether the endeavour will be useful or damaging. Perhaps Andreas Antonopoulos provided the most persuasive argument, when he stated the alliance is a "terrible idea."
"Spend money fighting poverty, not phantom threats used as excuses to fund war and surveillance... If you want to help law enforcement, blow the whistle on a fat cat banker."
- Andreas Antonopoulos
Hour 2 -- Tone Vays (trader, risk analyst, blogger; Columnist @ BraveNewCoin) recaps recent conferences he has attended and/or spoken at; and upcoming conferences he will be speaking at, including Anarchapuclo; Also, The History of Bitcoin...
Tone Vays - Cont'd
This is the complete 1999 interview with Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman conducted by NTU/F. Friedman covers the history and tenuous effectiveness of anti-trust rulings, and offers some interesting predictions and insight into the internet and fiscal freedom.
Hour 3 -- Darryl Perry (2016 Libertarian Candidate for President, author, publisher & radio/TV host) on his presidential run, Free Press Publications, and various liberty issues
Darryl W. Perry was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding area; graduating from Hewitt-Trussville High School in 1996. Darryl attended Jefferson State Community College on a Scholarship with the Speech Team (Forensics Team), and later on a Management Scholarship with WJSR-FM, the college radio station, of which Darryl was Station Manager from Summer of 1997 until he graduated in 1998.
Darryl has spent most of his adult life as an advocate & activist for peace and liberty.
Darryl is an award winning author, publisher & radio/TV host. He is a regular contributor to several weekly and monthly newspapers. He hosts the daily newscast FPPRadioNews, the podcast Peace, Love, Liberty Radio, the weekly news podcast FPP Freedom Minute, and is a regular co-host on Free Talk Live.
Darryl is a co-founder and co-chair of the NH Liberty Party, and was on the National Committee of the Boston Tea Party from 2008-2012. He was the longest serving member of the National Committee, and was twice elected Chair. The BTP dissolved in July 2012 after Perry resigned as Chair.
Darryl is the Owner/Managing Editor of Free Press Publications, a business he started in June, 2009 with the purpose of ensuring a FREE PRESS for the FREEDOM MOVEMENT. Since then FPP has republished several libertarian/anarch classics as well as new books, both fiction and non-fiction, many of which have won awards and other recognition.
The goal of the Darryl W. Perry for President campaign is to run the most libertarian presidential campaign in history, to promote the ideas of liberty as boldly and as often as possible, and to give as many people the chance to vote for an actual libertarian in November 2016!
Darryl talks about his 2016 Libertarian Presidential Run; Free Press Publications, and various liberty issues...
2016 Presidential Campaign Platform
Statement of Principles:
…that all coercive forms of taxation should be eliminated, and government programs should be funded voluntarily.
…that people should be allowed to travel freely without government interference; this includes the right of individuals to choose where they decide to live.
…in the right of self-determination; that is the right of "determination by the people of a territorial unit of their own future political status."
…that every person and/or group of people should be allowed to decide for themselves if and/or how they will be governed.
…that men do not need leaders, we are all capable of leading ourselves. Governments only get in the way of allowing this to happen.
…that the United States government, as it exists today, should be abolished!
CIVIL LIBERTY AND CIVIL ORDER
I oppose abortion for moral reasons, however I do not believe it should be illegal.
I do not believe that any tax-payer funding should fund abortion, nor do I believe that any tax-payer money should fund organizations that offer "abortion alternatives" (i.e. organizations that encourage adoption). Government created barriers to adoption should also be eliminated.
I would like to see more anti-abortion advocates focus on education as a way to reduce the number of babies that are aborted. Additionally, just as a mother can waive parental rights upon birth by putting the child up for adoption, the father of the child should likewise have the legal option of either waiving parental rights, or having the first opportunity to adopt the child if placed for adoption.
Copyright & Intellectual Property
Current copyright and patent laws are imbalanced, and must be repealed to respect the free flow of information. When you use information to guide your action or configure your own property, the originator of the idea still has the idea.
All peaceful prisoners should be released, so long as their offense does not have a victim. Police should no longer arrest or ticket people for offenses with no victim, and such crimes should be eliminated from federal statutes, state statutes and local ordinances.
DC Voting Rights
The residential areas of Washington, D.C. should be retro-ceded to so that all residents are in Maryland. The only land left within the District should be Government Offices, Museums and Parks.
The "War on Drugs" costs the federal government over $15 billion per year, State and local governments spend an additional $25 billion each year. These costs include the incarceration of nearly 1 million people for drug offenses; the vast majority of these individuals have harmed no one.
Individuals with drug addictions should be treated medically for these addictions, they should not be treated as criminals.
There were no federal drug laws until the early 20th Century. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was ruled Unconstitutional in 1969. In 1970, however,President Nixon was successful in getting Congress to pass the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, and States were forced to adopt the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. These sets of laws are a blatant violation of the 9th and 10th Amendments.
ALL laws regulating the production, distribution and/or use of any substance should be repealed.
The Federal Department of Education should be abolished, and all voucher programs should be abolished. Parents should take a more active role in the education of their children, something as important as education should not be handed over to a government.
Equal Protection Under the Law
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by any government entity on account of race, creed, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Freedom of Association
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association and that no one may be compelled to belong to an association. This freedom of association includes the right of business owners to refuse service to any person for any reason; however no business owner should be compelled by law to deny service.
Freedom of Speech, and of the Press
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. I oppose all forms of censorship, whatever the medium involved; this includes laws and/or regulations that stifle the expression of ideas, especially ideas that are dissenting or political in nature, regardless if the person expressing the idea is doing so on their own accord, as part of a group, or as a member of the media.
Governments should be transparent and free of corruption. I believe the Downsize DC Agenda is one methods for bringing about this reform.
Further, all individuals have the god-given right to life, liberty & pursuit of happiness, whenever governments become destructive of these rights, the people have the right to alter or abolish it. The federal government has been destroying rights since 1791, therefore I believe that the federal government should be abolished!
I believe that people should be allowed to travel freely without government interference. This includes the right of individuals to choose where they decide to live.
Current federal immigration laws are convoluted and give preferential treatment to individuals from certain countries. The current system also relies on quotas, hosts and in some cases an immigration lottery, as well as preferred treatment to athletes and refugees. This must change, and there should be one uniform immigration law. I believe the best model law is the "wet foot, dry foot rule" in place for people fleeing Cuba. Under this rule, anyone from Cuba who makes it safely into the United States, is allowed to stay; however, the aspect of this rule that I would end is that the Coast Guard patrols the waters looking for people with "wet feet" in order to redirect them back to Cuba. The immigration policy of the United States of America should once again resemble the words written on the Statue of Liberty
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
An aside: most of the people who argue against eased immigration standards point to the "abuse" of the welfare system. That is actually an argument against welfare, not an argument against immigration!
Encroachments on privacy by government should be eliminated so far as it is possible to do so. Electronic and other covert government surveillance of citizens should be restricted to activity which can be shown beforehand, under high standards of probable cause, to be criminal and to present immediate and grave danger to other citizens. The national census and other government compilations of data on citizens should be conducted on a strictly voluntary basis, and the census should only ask the question: "How many people live at this address?".
Secession and Self-Determination
I fully support the right of self-determination; that is the right of "determination by the people of a territorial unit of their own future political status." Though there are no established guidelines regarding how a group of people exercise their right of self-determination. During the 1860's several States attempted to leave the United States of America, several counties in these States took secession one step further and seceded from their seceding State. It was this act of self-determination that allowed West Virginia to become a State, it also led to several "Free State's" throughout the Confederacy.
The United States of America was founded on the principles of self-determination. Not only has the U.S. government violated the self-determination rights of the Native Americans, but also the people of Hawai'i, Guam, Puerto Rico and many other people who have become dependent on the U.S. government. I believe that every person and/or group of people should be allowed to decide for themselves if and/or how they will be governed.
As a Life Member of the Second Amendment Foundation, I support the right to privately own and possess firearms or any other weapon deemed appropriate for self-defense.
TRADE AND THE ECONOMY
Budget & Economy
I fully support abolishing the Federal Reserve, IRS and all unconstitutional spending. I support a free-market system with honest money and competing commodity-backed currencies.
I oppose all governmental subsidies and bailouts, direct or indirect, to business, labor, or any other special interest; a business should be allowed to succeed or fail without governmental interference.
Energy & Oil
I support the use of alternative energy sources. While energy is needed to fuel a modern society, government should not be subsidizing any particular form of energy. I oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and/or production.
I share the opinion of Dr. Mary Ruwart "The environment would benefit immensely from the elimination of sovereign immunity coupled with the privatization of land and beast. The third and final step in the libertarian program to save the environment is the use of restitution both as a deterrent and a restorative."
I support the existence of free-market certifications and believe such certifications are helpful to those looking for qualified health care.
I believe that individuals should be free to choose the medical care they believe is best for themselves. This includes the freedom to seek alternative forms of treatment, such as holistic, homeopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture, shaman, or any other form of treatment they choose. Governments should not mandate what qualifies someone to give medical treatment, nor should any government use force, or the threat of force, to prevent an individual from seeking treatment from an "unqualified" practitioner.
I support the repeal/abolition of the FDA, Medicare, Medicaid, forced vaccination, mandatory health insurance laws, and any other governmental dictate that interferes with than individuals right to choose the medical care the wish to seek.
Infrastructure & Technology
Government should not be involved in this area, this is an issue best left to private industry.
It is not the job of any government to create jobs. This is an issue best left to private industry, without interference from government.
Social Security is nothing more than a Ponzi-scheme, whereby a fraudulent investment operation pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation.
Every individual should be responsible for his/her own retirement. Therefore, everyone should be allowed to opt-out of the Social Security system. Those who decide to opt-in to Social Security should have their contributions placed into a private account, such as a 401k or Money Market Account, which they control.
I wish to phase-out the system altogether to remove the coercion of government from an individuals retirement.
I support abolishing the IRS and all forms of coercive taxation (this includes tariffs, excise taxes, payroll taxes, etc), and government programs should be funded voluntarily.
Welfare & Poverty
Tax-payer funding for welfare should be phased out as quickly as possible. Dr. Mary Ruwart explains, "A voluntary society would more efficiently provide aid and actually give the poor an opportunity to become rich."
There is a saying "If goods don't cross border, armies will." I believe American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Peace will never be achieved through force. Libertarians seek the withdrawal of troops from the 900+ military bases in over 130 nations around the world.
I support an end to tax-payer funded foreign aid.
Free Trade does not require a treaty, rather a lack of government involvement. I support real free-trade (not the bureaucratic version of "free trade" that exists under NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, etc). To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, I support peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
I support abolishing the Department of Homeland Security. Constitutionally, the military is responsible for protecting the country; however, I do not support a standing army, rather I support calling up a military only in times of declared war or in cases of imminent defense.
I support the immediate withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations.
War & Peace
I am opposed to war for moral and philosophical reasons, not for political reasons. Force is only justified in defense of person or property, pre-emptive use of force is always wrong.
The foundation of libertarianism is mutual respect. It is a principle that extends to our relationships with people throughout the world.
All American troops currently stationed around the world, excepting those troops who are protecting embassies, should be brought home immediately.
My silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or machination should not be construed to imply approval.