Can Monero (XMR) Help Us Avoid a Dystopian Future? [VIDEO]

Is Bitcoin (BTC) sustainable?

I always strive for intellectual honesty while maintaining a skeptical mentality in all that I do. 

I was pleased to have the opportunity to be joined backstage at MoneroTopia 2022 by Luke Smith, a well-known privacy and FOSS advocate, after his presentation on Why Monero (XMR) Is Crypto for Dystopia Avoidance. 

“FOSS stands for Free Open-Source Software. In the 80s and 90s, there was the free software movement which is still around today. It is arguably much more important than cryptocurrency because I look at crypto as a subset of it,” said Smith.  “There is less overlap than there should be.” 

Luke continued: 

“We have to use computers with editable source code because it takes only one line of private source code that you can’t see to send your private data to some server.”

What I like most about Luke Smith, aside from the fact that he walks the talk, is that he embraces skepticism while remaining optimistic. 

Luke and I dove deep into everything from Monero’s tail emission and El Salvador’s Bitcoin disaster to Linux, Ubuntu, and getting trustless systems into tyrannical societies.

In the interview below, we discussed zk-SNARKs, Pirate Chain (ARRR), and more broad topics like the UNIX philosophy and FOSS ethos. 

Check out the full interview here: 

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During my sit-down with Smith, I learned some unique insights from his perspective on ideology, Bitcoin and Monero conservatism, and privacy. 

We also talked about System76, crypto usability, and vulnerabilities.  Plus, Luke explained exactly how Bitcoin mass adoption has become a poison pill

You can explore Luke Smith’s website and follow Luke on GitHub to see the public programs and scripts he maintains. 

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Rafael LaVerde

Rafael LaVerde has a background in private equity and venture capital. He discovered Bitcoin in 2012 while volunteering on Ron Paul's presidential campaign. He served as board member of a Libertarian Super PAC while doing post-graduate work in economics, and was also a member of the University of Texas’ Mises Circle. His formal education includes graduate degrees in continental philosophy and psychology. He has been a Bitcoin miner since 2014. Rafael also managed investor relations for the BitAngels Network, which helped finance the vast majority of early Bitcoin startups, and was also part of the DApps Fund team that revolutionized funding structures that eventually became known as ICOs and STOs. He was also the founding partner of what became one of the very first Bitcoin venture capital funds.