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The vaccine passports debacle in Northern Ireland has been a mess from start to finish. I’ve seen this debated on Twitter so much, but to explain why people are frustrated takes more than a few Tweets. So I am going to attempt to lay it out here. If vaccine passports/covid certifications are...
Greg Foss spent 32 yrs trading in the credit markets at a hedge fund before he left and found the wonders of Bitcoin. He believes that fiat currency is a Ponzi scheme, that it will continue to debase, and that the current system is simply borrowing future prosperity. We got into some really......
For some, the BBC has been dead since the 1980s or 1990s – even then it was pro-establishment as it always has been. For many, they lost their credibility during the Brexit process or during the chastisement of Jeremy Corbyn (who could forget the infamous “Russian” Newsnight image). The decli...
One of the things that I hear quite often is that we’re in need of a revolution. Journalist Steve Topple doesn’t think we’re capable of sparking a revolution and, even if we succeeded, most of us are too soft and we couldn’t survive the madness that comes along with revoluti...
I am delighted to have Peter McCormack, Bitcoin Maximalist and host of the What Bitcoin Did podcast on this episode of the show. I have been thinking a lot about the crumbling of the 20th-century institutions across the world, such as media, government, and finance, and wondering how we might achie...
This is going to be a fun one, I can tell! I’ve been doing a lot of serious podcasts so I wanted to do some fun ones as well. I watched Woke: The Movie a few weeks back and had my mind blown a little. It’s VERY off the wall, talks about Aliens,......
Dr Lee Jones is a Professor of Political Economy & International Relations at the Queen Mary University of London. Dr Jones and I had a great conversation about China, covid policy (namely vaccine passports), and making the best of Brexit. I’ve become increasingly concerned that a lot of...
Most people don’t claim to know who Satoshi Nakamoto is. I’ve seen people make all sorts of outrageous claims that the famed Bitcoin creator is folks like Elon Musk or Vitalik Buterin, all the way to theories stating that Satoshi is a psyop created by the CIA in order to prepare the wor...
Professor John Turner and Dr William Quinn of Queen’s University Belfast were my guests on today’s show. They are the authors of the recent book, Boom and Bust: A Global History of Financial Bubbles, which has been critically acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supp...
Have you ever wondered how a government budget works? How borrowing works? Whether the magic money tree really exists? Positive Money are a group hoping to educate people on how a sovereign government has the ability to create and spend money. Simon Youel is Head of Policy & Advocacy at Positiv...
Julian Winkler is the co-author of the paper “Reddit’s self-organised bull runs: Social contagion and asset prices” about the subreddit Wall Street Bets. The paper makes a “theoretical case for how ‘hype’ among retail investors can drive large asset fluctuations”. The paper...
I had Kirby Sommers back on my show to talk all about the Prince Andrew lawsuit vs Virginia Giuffre. She has sued him for sexual allegations dating back to the early 2000s when she was being held as a prisoner/slave for Jeffrey Epstein. We also spoke about the latest from the Ghislaine Maxwell......
Steve Topple is a journalist at the Canary who specialises in issues surrounding disability, health, housing, class, economics and government. ‘Mr Topple’ is also now making waves as an innovative music journalist, breaking the mould in terms of his approach to the industry. He regularly writes for...
Much of the work I’ve been studying and reading over the past few years has been focused on the corruption of our political and economic system. On both sides of the Atlantic, I see two systems of government that have become two of the most diverse and prosperous nations in the history of.......
Much of the work I’ve been studying and reading over the past few years has been focused on the corruption of our political and economic system. On both sides of the Atlantic, I see two systems of government that have become two of the most diverse and prosperous nations in the history of.......
Why do nations fail? It’s a question that many have wondered about. What causes nations to degrade into authoritarianism and their institutions to become corrupt? In what is possibly the best book I have read all year, Why Nations Fail, Professors James A. Robinson and Daron Acemoglu take the...
Joël Valenzuela has been living without a banked account (or “unbanked”) since 2016. Hes began with Bitcoin, but when that became too expensive he began transacting with Dash instead and now he actually works for the firm! Dash is part of the digital cash race, alongside Dogecoin, Bitco...
Why Nations Fail is one of the best books I have read all year. Authors Acemoglu and Robinson insist that “development differences across countries are exclusively due to differences in political and economic institutions, and reject other theories that attribute some of the differences to cu...
Why Nations Fail may be the best book I have read this year, so I was absolutely delighted when both of the authors agreed to speak to me on my podcast! This is the first of these interviews, with Professor James A. Robinson. The main idea that I took from the book was......
This article was originally posted here – https://brownstone.org/articles/the-truth-about-tyranny/ In the simple model of tyranny we learned as school kids, there is a bad guy on top, or perhaps several because he needs advisors, and then there is everyone else suffering under his yoke. The j...
This article was originally posted at – https://99-percent.org/time-to-change-track/ The UK is a rich country with a proud democratic tradition. We have produced some of the world’s greatest scientists and a number of world-leading companies. We are strong in the Arts and our sporting heroes...
Bitcoin surged to an all time high this week, just as the very first Bitcoin ETF was launched and in honor of this momentous occasion (and because they were already booked on my show) I had two guests this week on to talk about crypto currency. The civil war raging within the bitcoin......
Have you ever had a meme come true? The Simpsons became famous for predicting the future with things like Facetime, the budget crunch inherited from President Trump, the God particle, and the NSA snooping on Americans.  As the internet has grown and evolved, sites like the Onion and the Babylo...
The civil war raging within the bitcoin community is one that I first came across in my interview with Brad Mills. Kurt Wuckert Jr is a strong advocate for Bitcoin cash and has written extensively in support of BSV, in opposition to many Bitcoin Maximalists like Anthony Pompliano. So I wanted to ge...
The first Bitcoin Futures ETF to be approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began trading on Tuesday. It has become the fastest fund ever to reach $1 billion in assets under management (AUM). The previous record-holder was a gold-based ETF with the ticker GLD, which took 3 days to h...
It’s no secret that I have been exploring some of the ideas of crypto currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum on this show. North Korea is also a fascinating story to me, I’ve been thinking about it a lot since the string of interviews conducted by North Korean defector Yeon-mi Park. So wh...
Covid has caused massive upheaval and disruption around the world, but something I had not given a lot of thought to was the idea that disease shapes our political leanings. The concept of parasite stress is one that has been studied by my guest Dr Randy Thornhill for decades – it’s the...
A lot of the discussion about an inquiry into the covid response has been, in my view, poorly framed. There are massive lessons to be learned from this pandemic, but I believe that a huge segment of this is being ignored – what the cost of lockdowns will be and has already been.......
Throughout the entire GameStop saga, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the idea of a hive mind. I’ve dedicated an entire chapter in my forthcoming book to this idea and I wanted to get Tim’s perspective. I first came across his work on hive minds when I saw his Ted Talk,......
Magicman London was my guest on today’s show. David showed me some incredible tricks on camera – I cannot work out how he made this happen. He keeps finding my card!!! We spoke about counting cards in black jack, how he took handcuffs from a policewoman, and throwing cards through the w...
Today I am speaking to the Lawyer of the Apes about GameStop and the lawsuit against Citadel and Robinhood. We wanted to walk through the court case, the response from Citadel, and what we can expect to happen over the next few months! HELP ME CROWDFUND MY GAMESTOP BOOK. Go to https://wen-moon.com...