Every once in a while you listen to a podcast that blows your mind. You have to listen to it again. That's what happened on the recent Peter Thiel interview on the Rubin Report.
Here are a few highlights:
1a. Eric Weinstein, head of the "intellectual dark web" was an advocate for Bernie, Thiel for Trump. Weinstein works for Thiel.
A company where the leaders publicly share their differing political opinions. That is uncommon. Peter and Eric are comfortable sharing these opinions which are not directly part of the company's mission, allowing for freedom of thought.
1b. Maybe this freedom stems from embracing uncertainty. Peter sees his peers in Silicon Valley as very sure of their ideas - thinking we have reached the "top" of innovation here in 2018.
Peter is less sure in all beliefs generally. Therefore having conflicting views is healthy as they try to figure things out.
Companies should embrace that as they learn and grow. Bitcoin and crypto are a PERFECT EXAMPLE of this.
Weaker opinions, more fluidity as you learn. Understand your confidence level in beliefs. e.g: The earth is a sphere vs "only a few blockchains will survive" or "store of value can't work with out medium of exchange".
2. Crypto vs A.I. is Libertarian (freedom) vs Communism (authoritarian) .. No wonder China favors A.I. over crypto. They want a few people up top that control everyone.
In this collectivist equality movement, communism is less offensive and threatening than liberty.
3a. Re: Gawker case - Gawker focused on laws - freedom of speech. In reality it was on the 4th amendment, freedom of privacy, not the 1st.
Thiel he focused on the facts: Hulk Hogan was in a sex tape recorded secretly and unknown to him. It was stolen, he was blackmailed, and the tape was released to the media.
3b. Thiel, the ultimate contrarian, pays a price for having his thoughts on the world that aren't in line with the mainstream leftist views of Silicon Valley. If you don't tow the accepted line like Thiel, then yes Gawker and other press vehicles targets you. This recently happened with the WSJ and their highly inaccurate "hit piece" on ShapeShift.
4. Multicultural vs Diversity... do the PC leftist protesters want multiculturalism? Are they saying "Hey we need to learn Mandarin and expose ourself to Ethiopian culture!" Nope they want us to include people of different nationalities in our homogenous belief system of the mainstream left.
5a. The Seasteading Institute - what an exciting project. Check out their first projects In French Polynesia. It's so interesting because you are creating more "Countries" "States" or "Nations"
5b. The 1980's (when we were born) look pretty similar to 2018 in the Western world. 100 year old subway system in New York ... the way it looks and feels.
Our phones distract us from the reality that our environment hasn't changed that much. Could we have more innovation and how?
Well maybe it has to do with lack of competition. Have more nations, more competition between governments, better "gov't services" for the goal of "serving the people".
It breaks things up into more pieces of pie. Split that pie more, via Seasteading and other micro-nation concepts, more people get to participate and have these resources. More places to incorporate, to innovate.
Any chance to listen to Peter, do it! I hope to bring him on the bitcoin.com podcast network soon to talk about his understated involvement in the world of Bitcoin and blockchain.