Igniting the Crypto Spark at the Young Americans for Liberty Conference [Video]

What up Vigilantes? You know I’m all about education and helping to onboard people into the crypto mindset…

I recently spoke with Bex at the Young Americans for Liberty Conference and got to do just that. Our discussion sparked an exhilarating exchange of ideas and highlights the importance of open-mindedness, particularly for those unfamiliar with cryptocurrency, as well as the responsibility of seasoned crypto enthusiasts to guide newcomers in the right direction.

We explore the fundamentals of the world of Bitcoin, investigating its nature as a digital asset protected by unreplicable cryptographic signatures and triple-entry accounting. I emphasized the importance of understanding Bitcoin's limited supply and inflation-proof characteristics in light of the critical need to protect private keys and wallets. Of course, I had to blow Bex’s mind by recounting the legendary Bitcoin civil war. 

If you happen to be new to crypto, the Bitcoin civil war was a fascinating chapter in the history of cryptocurrency, as it showcases the passionate debate and ideological differences within the Bitcoin community. This conflict centered around the scalability and future direction of the Bitcoin network, particularly focusing on the size of blocks in the blockchain. The outcome of this contentious period led to the creation of Bitcoin Cash, a hard fork that split the original Bitcoin network. This event highlighted the significance of consensus, decentralization, and the challenges of balancing technology, politics, and economics within the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrencies.

I explained to Bex how scaling Bitcoin is primarily accomplished through a layered approach these days, such as the Lightning Network, which enables seamless person-to-person transactions. That said, there is still a contingent of big blockers like myself that believe in building entirely on-chain as Satoshi intended. 

You know how passionate I get about this topic.  Watch the interview and drop us a comment so you can be a part of the conversation…

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We also discussed the Monero privacy coin and the importance of privacy in the ever-changing crypto space. To get started on their crypto journey, we recommend the open-source multi-coin wallet, Edge app.

As we know it, cryptocurrency is divided into two types: open and transparent coins and privacy coins. Solar punks advocate for openness and transparency, whereas lunar punks prioritize privacy above all else. Decentralized finance and financial instruments have their own set of protocols and compliance requirements, but there are privacy protocols and exchanges that allow for anonymous buying and selling for those looking to invest without the interference of the government.

The most important takeaway from our conversation was the recognition of cryptocurrency as a powerful tool that is available to everyone. It is, however, critical to educate oneself on proper usage and compliance. Bex and I came to the conclusion that whether you're looking for short-term transactions or long-term investments, all you need is an app and a trading community.

It is our responsibility as crypto enthusiasts to pique the interest of others and guide those looking to enter this revolutionary financial frontier. Let us work together to empower more people and create a world where financial freedom is a reality for all.

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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.