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Sharia Goldbugs: How ISIS Created a Currency for World Domination

Sharia Goldbugs: How ISIS Created a Currency for World Domination


Article by Coindesk: Rachel Rose O’Leary
As Islamic State (ISIS) sought to dominate large parts of Syria and Iraq, it used a subtle weapon to go with the car bombs and suicide attacks: money.
The self-declared caliphate aimed to unify the world under a militant interpretation of Islam. It created a highly efficient, hyper-violent society inside Iraq and Syria, coupled with an economic experiment — what I call “ISIS-coin.”
Consisting of 10 coins ranging in value from nearly a thousand dollars to pennies, ISIS sought to replace U.S., Iraqi and Syrian banknotes with purpose-built coins backed by the gold, silver and copper standard.
At the time, ISIS was sitting on 34,000 square miles of oil-rich territory. By trading oil using its own currency, the dinar, ISIS planned to destabilize the U.S. economy by forcibly decoupling the dollar from the oil business (the petro-dollar system, which ISIS refers to as America’s “Achilles heel”).
The dinar was modeled on coinage from a medieval Islamic empire named the Umayyad Caliphate, the leader of which — a man named Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan — issued coins to economically connect Muslims who were scattered across the Middle East.
Silver dinars in 1 in 5 denominations, Qamishli, North Syria.
In 2015, the dinar was made compulsory for civilians living under ISIS control. At its peak, ISIS controlled 10 million people across Iraq and Syria — making the ISIS dinar among the most ambitious economic experiments in modern history.
While living in the autonomous Rojava, in northern Syria, I met with an ISIS prisoner, Mohammed Najjar, in a facility operated by the Syrian Democratic Forces in Northern Syria. Najjar refused to be photographed or filmed. He was nervous about my sound recorder, and asked me not to publish his name for fear of repercussions from the jihadist group (Mohammed Najjar is a pseudonym).
Najjar worked in oil: ISIS’s most lucrative export and the heart of the dinar experiment. He laughed as I placed a silver dirham down on the table in front of him. It’s a wide coin, about a centimeter in diameter. It is decorated with Arabic calligraphy — a verse from the Hadith that praises hard work and charity.
“In Islamic State, this was a failure,” he said, grinning, “It didn’t work.”
In a 2015 propaganda film announcing its release, called The Return of the Gold Dinar, ISIS’s monetary experiment is described as a sequel to the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center — and a new weapon in an all-out war against the US economy.
“You’ve seen the documentary, right?” Najjar asks with a twinkle in his eye, adding:
“The plan was to destroy the global economy.”

The sales pitch

Najjar joined ISIS in October 2013, months after its formation.
With a background in petroleum studies, he spent his days working among oil fields, the heart of ISIS’s economic strategy.
Controlling many oil-rich areas in Iraq and Syria, ISIS had a lucrative business in selling oil to neighboring clients, including Damascus, the Iraqi government, and Turkish-backed rebels, which, according to my source, would then smuggle the oil into Turkey.
“It was the boom,” Najjar said, “Islamic State was making about $60 million a month.”
The problem for ISIS was that all that trade was executed in U.S. dollars. So in spite of the group’s declared war on U.S. hegemony, its economy was actually facilitating U.S. dollar dominance.
Enter the dinar — or, as ISIS propaganda describes it: “The return of the ultimate measure of wealth for the world: gold — as the [caliphate] surges into the financial sphere.”
First, it was introduced in the oil sector — ISIS’s most lucrative export. To buy oil from ISIS, countries had to exchange their dollars for dinar.
ISIS then introduced the dinar to civilians within the Islamic State, slowly at first, with merchants giving change in the new dinar as opposed to banknotes.
By late 2015, the currency became compulsory. Said Najjar:
“It was prohibited to use the Syrian government currency. It was prohibited to use anything other than the ISIS dinar in all the Islamic State areas.”
The Islamic State was littered with exchanges, he explained, which would swap ISIS dinar for dollars and other currencies, allowing people and businesses to trade with one another.
This came with other advantages for the Islamic State.
While the market price for a 4.25-gram gold dinar was around $160, according to Najjar, it could retail locally at $190. That meant a profit of $30 per dinar for ISIS: a colossal sum when its oil trade was peaking at 150,000 barrels a day.
ISIS member shows gold dinar to a shopkeeper.

Goldbugs

The ISIS dinar wasn’t just a money grab.
It was also an attempt to create an economy based on Islamic principles. And that’s because, in Sharia law — the religious legal code underpinning Islam — certain kinds of economic practices are forbidden.
Sharia puts a ban on interest — what is called riba — which, according to some interpretations, rules out many conventional banking practices. Certain kinds of debt are also forbidden, because transactions must be backed by an underlying asset, like gold.
The dinar experiment had its roots in the teachings of Islamic scholars such as Sayyid Abdil A’la Mawdudi, who proposed a middle-ground alternative to capitalism and communism and emphasized the importance of zakat, or charity. ISIS’s unique interpretation of zakat allowed the group to fund much of its state-building efforts through the contributions of civilians.
The New York Times reported that this tax formed the basis of the ISIS economy, stating that profit from zakat far outweighed oil sales.
But Najjar vehemently denied this point, calling it “lies” and stating that the people in ISIS-occupied territories were too poor to contribute in any meaningful way.
That’s notable because, in propaganda, ISIS describes conventional banking practices as “satanic,” and proposes the dinar as an antidote to the “fraudulent and riba-based financial system of enslavement orchestrated by the Federal Reserve in America.”
U.S. thinkers, such as noted goldbug Mike Maloney, conspiracy theorist Edward Griffin and libertarian politician Ron Paul are quoted directly in ISIS propaganda. In rhetoric not unfamiliar to bitcoin enthusiasts, the thinkers criticize the inflation of the U.S. dollar, the abandonment of the gold standard, and the dominance of the dollar globally.
“The U.S. is playing a game in controlling the world by using the dollars,” Najjar said, adding:
“Oil you have to buy using dollars. Internationally you have to buy everything using dollars. The dinar was more Islamic. Dinar has a real value, gold has a real value.”

Why it failed

Despite the successful launch of the dinar, ISIS remained vulnerable to economic attacks. When, in 2016, the U.S. began a bombing campaign against ISIS’s oil fields, the so-called state began to crumble because it was cut off from its most lucrative resources.
Najjar says the dinar worked better as a means of exchange in the oil industry than an everyday currency for ISIS residents and businesses.
“We used to get it in dollars. Then they changed it to the dinar and that’s when the problems started,” he said. “Traders stopped bringing in products because they noticed the dinar was not working, so they started retreating from it.”
With demand non-existent outside of the Islamic State, the currency began to exchange for less than it cost to produce.
“The problem was always in buying products. The value of the silver dinar, in particular, was so low. So when you go to a trader to buy anything they won’t accept this, they say, ‘Ah, we’re not accepting this.’ Or he put the price higher,” Najjar said.
Because of its weight — the largest coin is worth nearly a thousand dollars at the time of writing — the gold dinar was coveted by traders and was often melted down or resold on the market, effectively draining out the gold-based economy.
Gold dinars.

Not quite bitcoin

Given the restrictions of a Sharia-compliant financial system, including the prohibition on riba, cryptocurrencies have been touted as potential alternatives.
CoinDesk recently reported that the Ethereum Foundation, the non-profit that oversees the management of the ethereum platform, was courting investors from Wahhabist Saudi Arabia, for example.
But Najjar said that, while he had “heard of bitcoin,” he never heard of it being used by ISIS.
An SDF intelligence official confirmed that ISIS was dependent on the U.S. dollar for international trade. Other terror organizations have experimented extensively with crypto.
ISIS lost its last territory to U.S.-backed SDF forces in May. At the time, U.S. forces are said to have collected some $2.1 billion worth of gold — and intelligence officials are hoping to discover more.
“Whenever I go to an interview like this they ask me, ‘Where is the gold? Where is ISIS hiding it?’” Najjar laughed.
In North Syria, the dinar has fallen out of circulation. Some are passed around between SDF fighters as war trophies. These are mostly copper and silver — the more expensive currencies like the gold dinar have largely been melted down. Reselling the currency is illegal and those in circulation are seized by authorities, aside from a handful kept as souvenirs.
According to Najjar, the failure of the dinar — and Islamic State more broadly — was because it failed to implement Sharia correctly.
“Islam says take from the rich and give it to the poor,” he said, adding:
“It was not properly done. It was not implemented properly, it wouldn’t fall. I see it like this.”
Dinar images via “Return of the Gold Dinar” propaganda video
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"The Big Picture" - Dollar Vigilante November Newsletter

It has been an interesting week for me.
First, I was invited to speak at World Crypto CON in Las Vegas and then shortly before the event they told me I couldn’t speak. At the same time they told most of my other anarchist friends they also couldn’t speak and/or they were banned from the event, including Ben Swann, Luke Rudkowski and Josh Sigurdson of World Alternative Media.
I was already in Texas for the Texas Bitcoin Conference and I mostly just wanted to play in their crypto poker tournament anyway so I went to Vegas.
All manner of strange people seemed to be coming up to me, including one woman speaking in tongues. And, a weird energy surrounded the event... so much so that my body was shaking the entire time.
Then they also didn’t allow me to play in the poker event! I paid one guy some BTC to buy his chips and they threatened to call the police on me! I know what happens next when that happens so I left the premises.
Later that night, Josh Sigurdson was poisoned and barely survived. Other anarchists I knew who were there were being accosted, having their phones stolen and other aggressions.
I should mention this all occurred on Halloween. Day of the dead. Whatever happened, karma struck instantly and no one showed up! I then got a message from my wife that she wanted me to come home immediately and I was happy to do so.
She told me that God told her that we had to tell everyone to repent immediately before it was too late and she went into two days of screaming, crying and became delirious after three days without eating or sleeping.
Eventually we had to get her to the hospital to get her calmed down. I’ve spent the last two days with her there and we just returned home as they gave her a number of things to relax her.
Is something strange going on? It sure feels like it. In any case, as I stated in the last newsletter, no matter what happens I am just going to continue on with my work (although spending more time with my family is also a priority) helping people to wake up... that’s all I can do.
Current Events
As I write it is the midterm selections in the USSA. Yet another, “most important election in our lifetime.” All fear propaganda to try to make believe that voting will fix this evil system of slavery. It won’t. But, when they say this is the "election of our lifetimes" they are right on one thing. Politics, central banks and government are very close to destroying the entire world.
Elect to walk away from it all now before it is too late. I know I don’t have to tell TDVers that but it is worth reiterating.
And, the results are in. Anarchy won like it has every single selection.
And the wars continue killing or destroying the lives of millions of innocents, Americans continue to get extorted for trillions of dollars per year, millions of innocents remain in cages in rape camps and the Federal Reserve continues to impoverish and steal from everyone.
Meanwhile, in things that actually matter, the battle over bitcoin has hastened dramatically. But, you wouldn’t know it from the price action.
The complete lack of volatility has only gotten worse (or better if you are in the “volatility is bad for bitcoin” camp).
Here is a chart of bitcoin on October 27th.
For a 24 hour period it traded within a $15 band! It’s like the whole world is just waiting to see what happens next.
And, what will happen next? I am still expecting a panic sell-off along with all worldwide markets followed by a price explosion.
We did make it through October without that happening, but I have pointed out November is also a prime month for it to occur. If nothing major occurs in November then I may have to reassess.
The US stock markets continue to hang in there but really only propped up by a minority of stocks as this tweet from early October points out.
Bank stocks, which are probably one of the most important to watch are off 17% from January of this year.
Meanwhile, crypto exchange Binance made more profit than Deutsche Bank in the second quarter of this year!
As I said last issue, things really couldn’t be going better for the cryptospace, right as it appears that bank stocks and the market as a whole is on the verge of collapse.
On October 26th, the CEO of Visa, Al Kelly, said that he “certainly” does not view cryptocurrencies as a threat to his business right now, but added that “if we have to go there, we’ll go there.”
You’ll have to go there Kelly... better start working on your resume. Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is about to release its first blockchain-powered handset in cryptocurrencies, making it the first big name in the industry to accept only digital currencies as payment.
Exodus 1, the first version of HTC’s blockchain phone, is priced at 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH, which in current trading equates to about US$960.
HTC first announced the Exodus phone in May, which features a built-in digital wallet that will enable users to store and trade cryptocurrencies.
But, the game changing news is that ICE, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, has announced they will launch their new digital asset platform, Baakt, on December 12th. This will enable traditional institutional investors to easily invest into the bitcoin market.
The total bitcoin market right now is about a $110 billion market cap.
Total value of financial asset worldwide is estimated to be over $300 trillion. Which means bitcoin is only 0.03% of total financial assets held in the world.
If, say, only 1% of that $300 trillion were to go into bitcoin, that would mean $3 trillion would be trying to enter a market worth $100 billion.
In other words, if you don’t own bitcoin and other cryptos by December 12th... don’t do that. And, don’t forget precious metals either.
FinIst analyst Denis Lisitsyn recently said on RT, “The aggressive US policy in recent years has forced some countries to look for an alternative to the dollar and replenish their gold reserves. Worries about the future growth of global economy are an additional incentive for purchases. Many question Donald Trump’s protectionism.”
Sounds like he has been listening to TDV’s Ed Bugos!
In the same article, Vladimir Rojankovsky, LIFA, expert at the International Financial Center said that Hungary, Poland, Russia, China, India, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are all hoarding gold.
This, after Russian ownership of US Treasury bonds dropped from $96.1 billion in March to an 11-year low of $14.9 billion in May.
The writing is on the wall. And almost the entire public has no idea what is happening.
Luckily you do, so stick with us here as we give you are best guidance on how to survive and prosper during and after the dollar collapse.
And get right with your family and God. I’ve had a few moments in the last week where I thought it might be all over and each time I felt despondent knowing I still haven’t done enough. Don’t wait too long.
Coming Events
Due to my wife being in the hospital recently I cancelled going to Steemfest in Poland. I was also going to go to Iran and Iraq on that trip. But, I’ve decided family has to come before work in this respect.
Which means, really, my next major events are close to home with the TDV Summit on February 12-13th and Anarchapulco/Cryptopulco from February 14-17th.
I couldn’t help notice that World Crypto Con, which seemed to be out to kill all of us anarchists, was on October 31st and Anarchapulco starts on Valentine’s Day. Because it is really all about love.
If you haven’t checked out the TDV Summit page lately, check it out. We’ve added a number of great speakers and I still have a few surprises to announce. It is two full days this year and I am able to focus on it fully for the first time as we have a professional management team running Anarchapulco now. And, included in the price is a gala dinner to be held on the evening of February 12th.
And, Anarchapulco just released its main stage speaker list (there will be 5 stages this year). It’s quite the list! Jeffrey Tucker - Anarchapulco Master of Ceremonies
Ron Paul Former - Congressman, Author of 'End the Fed'
Andrew Napolitano - Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News
David Icke - Ground breaking Author & Public Speaker
Doug Casey - Founder of Casey Research
Cynthia McKinney - Activist, Former US Representative
Jeff Berwick - Founder of Anarchapulco, The Dollar Vigilante, and Anarchast
Dayna Martin - Author, Speaker, Midwife, Unschooling & Peaceful Parenting Advocate
Derrick Broze - Creator, The Conscious Resistance Network
Luke Rudkowski - Journalist, Founder of WeAreChange.org
Max Igan - Host of The Crowhouse
G. Edward Griffin - Author of 'Creature from Jekyll Island'
Mark Passio - Independent Researcher
Sasha Daygame - Author, Men’s Coach, Spiritual Adventurer
Ole Dammegard - Truth Seeker, Code Breaker, and Peace Maker
Thaddeus Russell - Historian, Podcaster, Founder of Renegade University
Anil Gupta - Author of 'Immediate Happiness'
Brien Foerster - Author of 'Lost Ancient Technology'
Eric July - Frontman of BackWordz, Co-founder of Being Libertarian
Matt Phillips - Past President of Free State Project, Ambassador, Activist, Entrepreneur - Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
Physician Entrepreneur & Vaccine Activist
Vit Jedlicka - President of Liberland
Joe Quirk - President of The Seasteading Institute
Becca Tzigany - Activist & Author, Venus and Her Lover
Joel Bowman - International Man
Jonny Dupre - Psycho-Social Coach & Trainer - The International Man
Vin Armani - CryptoSavage
Avens O'Brien - 2nd Generation Liberty Activist
Tim Moen - Leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada
Gina Carr - Blockchain Company Leader, Author, Emerging Technology Expert
Tata Meche, José Merced Velazquez Pañeda Tata - Town Elder, Cheran, Michoacan
There are even more announcements soon, including Larken Rose and many more. And, we haven’t announced the Cryptopulco speaker list yet. It should come out in the next week. You won’t want to miss it.
Anarchapulco will likely sell out by January. And all 1,000 rooms in the Princess Hotel are already close to sold out, so if you want to stay on premises, make sure to book your room now. If you miss it, don’t worry, we’ll likely be filling up a hotel nearby down the beach too!
And, don’t worry about what might happen in the future. Live in the present. Own some precious metals and cryptocurrency. Work on yourself, physically, mentally and spiritually. And spend more time with your loved ones.
Everything else will work itself out.
Now, I’m going to go watch Lord of the Rings with my wife and kids. “Hey kids, did you know that ring of power is an allegory for central banks and government?”
Thank you, as always, for being a subscriber!
Jeff Berwick
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"The Big Picture" - Dollar Vigilante November Newsletter

It has been an interesting week for me.
First, I was invited to speak at World Crypto CON in Las Vegas and then shortly before the event they told me I couldn’t speak. At the same time they told most of my other anarchist friends they also couldn’t speak and/or they were banned from the event, including Ben Swann, Luke Rudkowski and Josh Sigurdson of World Alternative Media.
I was already in Texas for the Texas Bitcoin Conference and I mostly just wanted to play in their crypto poker tournament anyway so I went to Vegas.
All manner of strange people seemed to be coming up to me, including one woman speaking in tongues. And, a weird energy surrounded the event... so much so that my body was shaking the entire time.
Then they also didn’t allow me to play in the poker event! I paid one guy some BTC to buy his chips and they threatened to call the police on me! I know what happens next when that happens so I left the premises.
Later that night, Josh Sigurdson was poisoned and barely survived. Other anarchists I knew who were there were being accosted, having their phones stolen and other aggressions.
I should mention this all occurred on Halloween. Day of the dead. Whatever happened, karma struck instantly and no one showed up! I then got a message from my wife that she wanted me to come home immediately and I was happy to do so.
She told me that God told her that we had to tell everyone to repent immediately before it was too late and she went into two days of screaming, crying and became delirious after three days without eating or sleeping.
Eventually we had to get her to the hospital to get her calmed down. I’ve spent the last two days with her there and we just returned home as they gave her a number of things to relax her.
Is something strange going on? It sure feels like it. In any case, as I stated in the last newsletter, no matter what happens I am just going to continue on with my work (although spending more time with my family is also a priority) helping people to wake up... that’s all I can do.
Current Events
As I write it is the midterm selections in the USSA. Yet another, “most important election in our lifetime.” All fear propaganda to try to make believe that voting will fix this evil system of slavery. It won’t. But, when they say this is the "election of our lifetimes" they are right on one thing. Politics, central banks and government are very close to destroying the entire world.
Elect to walk away from it all now before it is too late. I know I don’t have to tell TDVers that but it is worth reiterating.
And, the results are in. Anarchy won like it has every single selection.
And the wars continue killing or destroying the lives of millions of innocents, Americans continue to get extorted for trillions of dollars per year, millions of innocents remain in cages in rape camps and the Federal Reserve continues to impoverish and steal from everyone.
Meanwhile, in things that actually matter, the battle over bitcoin has hastened dramatically. But, you wouldn’t know it from the price action.
The complete lack of volatility has only gotten worse (or better if you are in the “volatility is bad for bitcoin” camp).
Here is a chart of bitcoin on October 27th.
For a 24 hour period it traded within a $15 band! It’s like the whole world is just waiting to see what happens next.
And, what will happen next? I am still expecting a panic sell-off along with all worldwide markets followed by a price explosion.
We did make it through October without that happening, but I have pointed out November is also a prime month for it to occur. If nothing major occurs in November then I may have to reassess.
The US stock markets continue to hang in there but really only propped up by a minority of stocks as this tweet from early October points out.
Bank stocks, which are probably one of the most important to watch are off 17% from January of this year.
Meanwhile, crypto exchange Binance made more profit than Deutsche Bank in the second quarter of this year!
As I said last issue, things really couldn’t be going better for the cryptospace, right as it appears that bank stocks and the market as a whole is on the verge of collapse.
On October 26th, the CEO of Visa, Al Kelly, said that he “certainly” does not view cryptocurrencies as a threat to his business right now, but added that “if we have to go there, we’ll go there.”
You’ll have to go there Kelly... better start working on your resume. Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is about to release its first blockchain-powered handset in cryptocurrencies, making it the first big name in the industry to accept only digital currencies as payment.
Exodus 1, the first version of HTC’s blockchain phone, is priced at 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH, which in current trading equates to about US$960.
HTC first announced the Exodus phone in May, which features a built-in digital wallet that will enable users to store and trade cryptocurrencies.
But, the game changing news is that ICE, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, has announced they will launch their new digital asset platform, Baakt, on December 12th. This will enable traditional institutional investors to easily invest into the bitcoin market.
The total bitcoin market right now is about a $110 billion market cap.
Total value of financial asset worldwide is estimated to be over $300 trillion. Which means bitcoin is only 0.03% of total financial assets held in the world.
If, say, only 1% of that $300 trillion were to go into bitcoin, that would mean $3 trillion would be trying to enter a market worth $100 billion.
In other words, if you don’t own bitcoin and other cryptos by December 12th... don’t do that. And, don’t forget precious metals either.
FinIst analyst Denis Lisitsyn recently said on RT, “The aggressive US policy in recent years has forced some countries to look for an alternative to the dollar and replenish their gold reserves. Worries about the future growth of global economy are an additional incentive for purchases. Many question Donald Trump’s protectionism.”
Sounds like he has been listening to TDV’s Ed Bugos!
In the same article, Vladimir Rojankovsky, LIFA, expert at the International Financial Center said that Hungary, Poland, Russia, China, India, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are all hoarding gold.
This, after Russian ownership of US Treasury bonds dropped from $96.1 billion in March to an 11-year low of $14.9 billion in May.
The writing is on the wall. And almost the entire public has no idea what is happening.
Luckily you do, so stick with us here as we give you are best guidance on how to survive and prosper during and after the dollar collapse.
And get right with your family and God. I’ve had a few moments in the last week where I thought it might be all over and each time I felt despondent knowing I still haven’t done enough. Don’t wait too long.
Coming Events
Due to my wife being in the hospital recently I cancelled going to Steemfest in Poland. I was also going to go to Iran and Iraq on that trip. But, I’ve decided family has to come before work in this respect.
Which means, really, my next major events are close to home with the TDV Summit on February 12-13th and Anarchapulco/Cryptopulco from February 14-17th.
I couldn’t help notice that World Crypto Con, which seemed to be out to kill all of us anarchists, was on October 31st and Anarchapulco starts on Valentine’s Day. Because it is really all about love.
If you haven’t checked out the TDV Summit page lately, check it out. We’ve added a number of great speakers and I still have a few surprises to announce. It is two full days this year and I am able to focus on it fully for the first time as we have a professional management team running Anarchapulco now. And, included in the price is a gala dinner to be held on the evening of February 12th.
And, Anarchapulco just released its main stage speaker list (there will be 5 stages this year). It’s quite the list! Jeffrey Tucker - Anarchapulco Master of Ceremonies
Ron Paul Former - Congressman, Author of 'End the Fed'
Andrew Napolitano - Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News
David Icke - Ground breaking Author & Public Speaker
Doug Casey - Founder of Casey Research
Cynthia McKinney - Activist, Former US Representative
Jeff Berwick - Founder of Anarchapulco, The Dollar Vigilante, and Anarchast
Dayna Martin - Author, Speaker, Midwife, Unschooling & Peaceful Parenting Advocate
Derrick Broze - Creator, The Conscious Resistance Network
Luke Rudkowski - Journalist, Founder of WeAreChange.org
Max Igan - Host of The Crowhouse
G. Edward Griffin - Author of 'Creature from Jekyll Island'
Mark Passio - Independent Researcher
Sasha Daygame - Author, Men’s Coach, Spiritual Adventurer
Ole Dammegard - Truth Seeker, Code Breaker, and Peace Maker
Thaddeus Russell - Historian, Podcaster, Founder of Renegade University
Anil Gupta - Author of 'Immediate Happiness'
Brien Foerster - Author of 'Lost Ancient Technology'
Eric July - Frontman of BackWordz, Co-founder of Being Libertarian
Matt Phillips - Past President of Free State Project, Ambassador, Activist, Entrepreneur - Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
Physician Entrepreneur & Vaccine Activist
Vit Jedlicka - President of Liberland
Joe Quirk - President of The Seasteading Institute
Becca Tzigany - Activist & Author, Venus and Her Lover
Joel Bowman - International Man
Jonny Dupre - Psycho-Social Coach & Trainer - The International Man
Vin Armani - CryptoSavage
Avens O'Brien - 2nd Generation Liberty Activist
Tim Moen - Leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada
Gina Carr - Blockchain Company Leader, Author, Emerging Technology Expert
Tata Meche, José Merced Velazquez Pañeda Tata - Town Elder, Cheran, Michoacan
There are even more announcements soon, including Larken Rose and many more. And, we haven’t announced the Cryptopulco speaker list yet. It should come out in the next week. You won’t want to miss it.
Anarchapulco will likely sell out by January. And all 1,000 rooms in the Princess Hotel are already close to sold out, so if you want to stay on premises, make sure to book your room now. If you miss it, don’t worry, we’ll likely be filling up a hotel nearby down the beach too!
And, don’t worry about what might happen in the future. Live in the present. Own some precious metals and cryptocurrency. Work on yourself, physically, mentally and spiritually. And spend more time with your loved ones.
Everything else will work itself out.
Now, I’m going to go watch Lord of the Rings with my wife and kids. “Hey kids, did you know that ring of power is an allegory for central banks and government?”
Thank you, as always, for being a subscriber!
Jeff Berwick
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"Then they fight you..."

Disclaimer: This post represents my personal opinions based on the evidence that I have studied over the last few months. Feel free to attack me if you truly have absolutely nothing better to do with your time, but my belief is that in a free society, we should all be allowed to speak our opinions.
Mahatma Gandhi's famous quote: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
It is my personal opinion that we have officially entered the "then they fight you" phase of Bitcoin.
But here's the thing: many people don't realize that the "fighting" phase doesn't always involve restrictive government regulations, weapons, gunfire, chaos, deaths, militarized police bashing down your door in the middle of the night, tasers, drones, prison sentences, loud sirens, and news coverage.
Instead, the "fighting" phase is usually quiet & subtle & understated. The "fighting" phase almost always involves censorship/disinformation, and it almost always involves money. For example, this is how Big Pharma took over all the medical schools in America 100 years ago -- they simply gave millions of dollars to each medical school in exchange for a seat on the Board of Directors to "make sure that their money was being well spent." Eventually, that turned into "we just want to help guide the agenda here". Which eventually turned into, "This is the ONLY accepted agenda, and we will sue you/censor you/discredit you if you dare speak otherwise." This is covered extensively in the 9-part documentary series "The Truth About Cancer".
In my opinion, Bitcoin is one of the most important freedom revolutions in all of human civilization, so our opponents are not going to sit back idly and watch it happen. As I mentioned above, one of the key tactics used by governments, banks, and other entities who wish to control people's freedoms is extremely simple & quietly effective: simply give enormous amounts of money to the people who are leading the revolution towards freedom... in exchange for control over the agenda.
So, $21 million to the "core developers" via Blockstream here, another several million to the "core developers" via MIT over there... and before you know it, the entire freedom revolution has been completely derailed. G. Edward Griffin talks about this age-old tactic (which has been used for hundreds of years) around the 26 minute mark in this video on freedom: https://vimeo.com/122392195
So the fighting against Bitcoin is being done as "quietly" as possible:
Satoshi's original vision was stated right in the title of his white paper: "A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System." I know that the vast majority of us are here today (and are super-excited about Bitcoin) because of that vision. I, for one, would NEVER have gotten involved in Bitcoin AT ALL if that white paper was entitled "A Bank-to-Bank Electronic Settlement System".
And Satoshi was smart enough to allow for the protocol to evolve in a decentralized way, perhaps because he recognized that the protocol might try to be "hijacked by pirates" (to use G. Edward Griffin's words from his excellent video on freedom -- around the 10:13 mark). And it is my personal belief & opinion that the "core" protocol has currently been "hijacked by pirates".
The good news is that Satoshi gave us a way to take back control from the pirates. Satoshi envisioned that there would be many different implementations of the Bitcoin protocol, and that the ecosystem would "vote" on the implementation that they believe is best suited for them.
But, as G. Edward Griffin says in his video, we cannot "gain control of the ship again" by pleading with the pirates to respect our wishes, by politely asking the pirates to be fair, by requesting that the pirates reveal their funding sources, by going on a letter-writing campaign to the pirates to ask them if they would please change their direction, by taking the pirates to court, or by begging the pirates to listen to reason and come to a consensus that benefits all of human society. We also cannot gain control of the ship again by doing nothing & waiting for someone else to solve the problem.
The pirates are ALREADY IN CHARGE and they will NOT STEP DOWN. The hijacking has ALREADY taken place IN THE PAST. The hijacking is complete.
No, the only way that we can regain control of the ship again is by (drum roll please) recapturing control of the ship again!! So how do we do that?? In the exact same way that it was captured from us in the first place: through cooperation, coding, information, and voting with our software. The pirates have cooperated together to code a vandalized/bastardized version of Bitcoin, and they have controlled the information sources to get the ecosystem to vote against their own interests with their software.
So now, we must all come together and cooperate together to continue coding a version of Bitcoin (XT??) that sticks to the true vision of Bitcoin. And we must all cooperate together to spread honest information out there through the most powerful voices out there who can further spread the information as far as possible on our behalf (e.g. Coinbase). And then, the entire ecosystem will finally be educated enough to vote FOR their interests instead of AGAINST their interests.
Yes, it was a bad decision for Gavin to hand over his keys to the current pirates, but if Bitcoin can't survive this first batch of pirates, then it can't survive future pirates that might be even stronger than this ragtag bunch of vandals.
Satoshi gave us the power to bring freedom and liberty to all... may we all work together to hopefully see his vision come to fruition.
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How might legacy financial institutions respond to or attempt to subvert Ethereum?

TLDR; I'm imagining what the conflict might look like when industries are faced with "porting" themselves to Ethereum or other block chain technologies vs. going out of business. Many industries which already deal in virtual assets seem vulnerable to this threat in the fairly short term, and banking seems like the one with the best tools for fighting back by attempting to subvert and control the behavior of crypto currencies.
I've been thinking this evening about the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and some of the corporations involved in it - particularly JP Morgan.
Having recently read G. Edward Griffin's "The Creature from Jekyll Island" - an excellently researched history of the Federal Reserve system in the United States and the involvement of J Pierpont Morgan and some of Europe's most influential bankers in both its creation and its manipulation of the political landscape to the financial advantage its owners, I have to confess that I am a bit concerned about their participation this early in the growth of the Ethereum network.
Why, you might ask? After all, even if they buy in to the platform, that doesn't mean they can dictate how it behaves, does it? I think they might have an incentive to try.
But before we talk about that, let's talk about why they would want to dictate how the network behaves.
Since the invention of banking, bankers have competed with and cooperated with corporations and political figures to reserve the best role in the world economy for themselves. They own the money store. And since the advent of fractional reserve banking, that essentially means they have a license to print and sell imaginary credits in exchange for loan collateral - real things of value.
So they trade an inherently worthless set of numbers (not even cash or coin these days - just numbers invented by selling debt to a government) for fees paid in the same scrip which only has value because people don't really understand how the game works. And then they also have the chance to acquire fabulous prizes both by spending the large fees they make for administering the scheme during the good times and by picking up assets at fire sale prices after the debt they issue crashes the system and the only ones left with money are... the ones who can print it at will.
And even better, if you can convince politicians to set things up so that even the members of the cartel who get caught standing when the debt bomb explosion ends the game of financial musical chairs don't get hurt because the taxpayers who suffer the most due to the monetary debasement the system uses to reward its elite are forced to pick up the tab.
Good work if you can get it - and they spent a lot of time and effort getting it. They don't want to give it up. But Ethereum is a technology which lets people build more efficient and more trustworthy versions of banking, governance, and corporate services. The global socio-economic network of central banking and the politicians and corporations who serve and benefit from that network were built on horse and buggy era collaboration technology. By comparison, blockchain technology is the automobile.
These aren't stupid people (well, not all of them). Some of them understand this. They realize that not porting their business to the blockchain isn't any more of a realistic option than not porting to the web was fifteen or twenty years ago. If you don't do it, then someone else in your industry will, and the capabilities and economies of the platform will allow them to take your market share away completely - eventually.
The rules of the game are port or be "Amazoned," or in this case, "Ethereumized." The platform capabilities it provides adopters are too disruptive to compete against in a marketplace of services. For service providers, it's a case of evolve or die.
So smarter bankers should realize that:
1 - The legacy system they have benefited from for so long is showing its age and is now a house of cards, ready to fall under the increasing stress of the debt load we are piling on top of it.
2 - An industry of "horse and carriage drivers" doesn't have a profitable skill set to offer in the age of the automobile. In other words, when everyone can trust their bank because they are their own bank, and we don't need 3rd parties (especially ones who have abused their position in the legacy economy to disproportionately benefit themselves) sitting in the middle of transactions to make sure strangers don't cheat each other - then why do we need bankers?
After all, banks don't really need to manipulate anything tangible in order to function. In the age of electronic fiat money, they already exist in virtual space - it's just a private virtual space in which they control the rules - the primary ones being the rules that allow them to invent new credit into existence.
So if another platform can manage that virtual space in a provably fair way, without the overhead of paying a bunch of bankers, then all you need is the right set of deployed smart contract code to completely virtualize the industry and to free it from the private "reserve" the bankers colluded with government regulators to create as their engine of profit.
Uber's business model is also at risk for the same reason. Though Uber does manage capital assets - the cars their drivers use to transport customers to and fro, those assets are provided at no cost to Uber by their labor force. Again, nice work if you can get it.
But Uber exists in the legacy economy. It's a .com, not a .eth. So it spends a lot of money trying to not get sued. There's an address and named ownership which can be censored because the organization is centralized, and so it spends lots and lots of investor money trying to survive and spread into tightly regulated markets.
Decentralized ride sharing won't have that problem. Once you finish virtualizing the industry into code and allowing the providers of the labor and capital - the drivers - to maximize their earning by running the best ride sharing code on the blockchain, and you offer customers the most convenient service technology can deliver at the best price, then why do you need an Uber anymore?
See the trend here? Any company which deals in a market artificially protected by regulation (including governance itself) is extremely vulnerable to decentralized virtualization because the Dapp version of that service should be strongly preferred by rational consumers. Industries which do manage tangible capital assets may be able to resist "porting" for longer than their 'protected virtual' comrades, but eventually crowd-funded Dapp's will accumulate the capital required to "Ethereumize" those industries too.
So there are a lot of industries that are facing an existential decision right now, and I suspect that many of them know it, because the people running those industries didn't get to where they are by being stupid. So what is the strategy a rational, survival and profit seeking corporation would choose?
For those industries which can "port" themselves onto Ethereum, I think the optimal strategy is to get there first. Companies in industries which aren't yet easily automated via smart contract and robotics will be able to operate with tremendously more efficiency when their ledgers and supply chains are managed via smart contracts, and the ones who make that transition first and are well managed will have a great chance of dominating their industry and benefiting from its eventual monopolization and commoditization via automation and virtualization.
But banks and governments and some corporations are already done for from an evolutionary standpoint right now. Any day, the "right" Dapp might get uploaded and transform their segment of the economy so radically and so rapidly that the legacy versions of those industries simply disappear. What if you opened a bank and no one showed up to ask for a fiat loan? What if you threw an election and no one voted because the institution was no longer relevant? For those entities, the rational decision might be to fight. And how would they fight? By attempting to control and then subvert the network.
Here's where proof of stake comes in. The market capitalization of all crypto currencies are, in early May of 2017, still minuscule compared to the cash reserves of some of the world's largest corporations, not to mention the fiat resources central banks could bring to the fight if they decided to, which we might imagine (or to be safe, should imagine) they would.
How could they deploy that capital to disrupt and gain control over crypto currencies? In the case of a proof of work network, they might try to bribe or more subtly influence developers, miners, or users to support courses of action which could stall development or make the network vulnerable to takeover.
I'm not saying that AXA is doing this to Bitcoin via Blockstream, because I think Hanlon's razor may be sufficient to explain the impasse in Bitcoin's improvement. But then again, if that were what were happening, I also wouldn't be surprised, because what sort of future does a multinational insurance company see for itself in a blockchain based economy? Like banking and ride-sharing, insurance is another industry which is almost completely virtualized already. Decentralized prediction markets can and hopefully will quickly become the "automobile" to the insurance industry's "horse and buggy." So who knows? I certainly don't.
Once Ethereum has transitioned to proof of stake, what concerns me a bit is that banks and governments might at some point be tempted to offer insane amounts of fiat money to secure enough stake in the network to subvert or censor it. The amount of money they have available vs. the amount of money which would cause the head of just about every crypto investor to swoon with the thoughts of the windfall profits they could make by selling for fiat seems to balance in favor of bribery for control being a viable option.
If a central bank were to initiate buys of Ethereum starting tomorrow with sufficient volume to drive the price of each coin to $1000 or $10,000, I don't know about you, but I would personally have a hard time 'hodling' my entire stack. If $10,000 per token were a high enough fiat price to gain a controlling interest in the stake - perhaps a central bank (or a cartel of them) would be willing to throw a little less than a trillion dollars at the problem.
Or maybe not. Of course, bankers might realize that this strategy won't work, because as soon as they try to censor the network or stall its development, the community could just fork away. But that also might be disruptive, so I'm wondering if there might not be a way to allow the protocol to exploit a would be 51% attacking coalition's mutual distrust among its members.
I haven't really though through the game theory of how that might work, but I think it's something interesting to contemplate.
Oh, and incidentally, since the ability to fork makes a hostile takeover of the Ethereum blockchain by banking interests a strategy not likely to succeed, what is the optimal strategy for the financial elite at this point, one might ask?
My best guess is this: for the wealthy and powerful members of the legacy economy the best strategy for preserving their wealth in the next economy is to buy in early, heavily, with their personal assets - then buy in via the commercial, financial, and political organizations they control.
Just relax and let this happen. More thoughtful management is taking over. Thanks for getting us this far, warts and all, but we've got it from here. Resist if you'd like, but by doing that, you won't just end up on the wrong side of history, more importantly, you'll end up on the wrong side of the fork.
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51% Attack and Defense in Proof of Stake

TLDR; I'm imagining what the conflict might look like when industries are faced with "porting" themselves to Ethereum or other block chain technologies vs. going out of business. Many industries which already deal in virtual assets seem vulnerable to this threat in the fairly short term, and banking seems like the one with the best tools for fighting back by attempting to subvert and control the behavior of crypto currencies.
I've been thinking this evening about the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and some of the corporations involved in it - particularly JP Morgan.
Having recently read G. Edward Griffin's "The Creature from Jekyll Island" - an excellently researched history of the Federal Reserve system in the United States and the involvement of J Pierpont Morgan and some of Europe's most influential bankers in both its creation and its manipulation of the political landscape to the financial advantage its owners, I have to confess that I am a bit concerned about their participation this early in the growth of the Ethereum network.
Why, you might ask? After all, even if they buy in to the platform, that doesn't mean they can dictate how it behaves, does it? I think they might have an incentive to try.
But before we talk about that, let's talk about why they would want to dictate how the network behaves.
Since the invention of banking, bankers have competed with and cooperated with corporations and political figures to reserve the best role in the world economy for themselves. They own the money store. And since the advent of fractional reserve banking, that essentially means they have a license to print and sell imaginary credits in exchange for loan collateral - real things of value.
So they trade an inherently worthless set of numbers (not even cash or coin these days - just numbers invented by selling debt to a government) for fees paid in the same scrip which only has value because people don't really understand how the game works. And then they also have the chance to acquire fabulous prizes both by spending the large fees they make for administering the scheme during the good times and by picking up assets at fire sale prices after the debt they issue crashes the system and the only ones left with money are... the ones who can print it at will.
And even better, if you can convince politicians to set things up so that even the members of the cartel who get caught standing when the debt bomb explosion ends the game of financial musical chairs don't get hurt because the taxpayers who suffer the most due to the monetary debasement the system uses to reward its elite are forced to pick up the tab.
Good work if you can get it - and they spent a lot of time and effort getting it. They don't want to give it up. But Ethereum is a technology which lets people build more efficient and more trustworthy versions of banking, governance, and corporate services. The global socio-economic network of central banking and the politicians and corporations who serve and benefit from that network were built on horse and buggy era collaboration technology. By comparison, blockchain technology is the automobile. These aren't stupid people (well, not all of them).
Some of them understand this. They realize that not porting their business to the blockchain isn't any more of a realistic option than not porting to the web was fifteen or twenty years ago. If you don't do it, then someone else in your industry will, and the capabilities and economies of the platform will allow them to take your market share away completely - eventually.
The rules of the game are port or be "Amazoned," or in this case, "Ethereumized." The platform capabilities it provides adopters are too disruptive to compete against in a marketplace of services. For service providers, it's a case of evolve or die.
So smarter bankers should realize that:
1 - The legacy system they have benefited from for so long is showing its age and is now a house of cards, ready to fall under the increasing stress of the debt load we are piling on top of it.
2 - An industry of "horse and carriage drivers" doesn't have a profitable skill set to offer in the age of the automobile. In other words, when everyone can trust their bank because they are their own bank, and we don't need 3rd parties (especially ones who have abused their position in the legacy economy to disproportionately benefit themselves) sitting in the middle of transactions to make sure strangers don't cheat each other - then why do we need bankers?
After all, banks don't really need to manipulate anything tangible in order to function. In the age of electronic fiat money, they already exist in virtual space - it's just a private virtual space in which they control the rules - the primary ones being the rules that allow them to invent new credit into existence.
So if another platform can manage that virtual space in a provably fair way, without the overhead of paying a bunch of bankers, then all you need is the right set of deployed smart contract code to completely virtualize the industry and to free it from the private "reserve" the bankers colluded with government regulators to create as their engine of profit.
Uber's business model is also at risk for the same reason. Though Uber does manage capital assets - the cars their drivers use to transport customers to and fro, those assets are provided at no cost to Uber by their labor force. Again, nice work if you can get it.
But Uber exists in the legacy economy. It's a .com, not a .eth. So it spends a lot of money trying to not get sued. There's an address and named ownership which can be censored because the organization is centralized, and so it spends lots and lots of investor money trying to survive and spread into tightly regulated markets.
Decentralized ride sharing won't have that problem. Once you finish virtualizing the industry into code and allowing the providers of the labor and capital - the drivers - to maximize their earning by running the best ride sharing code on the blockchain, and you offer customers the most convenient service technology can deliver at the best price, then why do you need an Uber anymore?
See the trend here? Any company which deals in a market artificially protected by regulation (including governance itself) is extremely vulnerable to decentralized virtualization because the Dapp version of that service should be strongly preferred by rational consumers. Industries which do manage tangible capital assets may be able to resist "porting" for longer than their 'protected virtual' comrades, but eventually crowd-funded Dapp's will accumulate the capital required to "Ethereumize" those industries too.
So there are a lot of industries that are facing an existential decision right now, and I suspect that many of them know it, because the people running those industries didn't get to where they are by being stupid. So what is the strategy a rational, survival and profit seeking corporation would choose?
For those industries which can "port" themselves onto Ethereum, I think the optimal strategy is to get there first. Companies in industries which aren't yet easily automated via smart contract and robotics will be able to operate with tremendously more efficiency when their ledgers and supply chains are managed via smart contracts, and the ones who make that transition first and are well managed will have a great chance of dominating their industry and benefiting from its eventual monopolization and commoditization via automation and virtualization.
But banks and governments and some corporations are already done for from an evolutionary standpoint right now. Any day, the "right" Dapp might get uploaded and transform their segment of the economy so radically and so rapidly that the legacy versions of those industries simply disappear. What if you opened a bank and no one showed up to ask for a fiat loan? What if you threw an election and no one voted because the institution was no longer relevant? For those entities, the rational decision might be to fight. And how would they fight? By attempting to control and then subvert the network.
Here's where proof of stake comes in. The market capitalization of all crypto currencies are, in early May of 2017, still minuscule compared to the cash reserves of some of the world's largest corporations, not to mention the fiat resources central banks could bring to the fight if they decided to, which we might imagine (or to be safe, should imagine) they would.
How could they deploy that capital to disrupt and gain control over crypto currencies? In the case of a proof of work network, they might try to bribe or more subtly influence developers, miners, or users to support courses of action which could stall development or make the network vulnerable to takeover.
I'm not saying that AXA is doing this to Bitcoin via Blockstream, because I think Hanlon's razor may be sufficient to explain the impasse in Bitcoin's improvement. But then again, if that were what were happening, I also wouldn't be surprised, because what sort of future does a multinational insurance company see for itself in a blockchain based economy? Like banking and ride-sharing, insurance is another industry which is almost completely virtualized already. Decentralized prediction markets can and hopefully will quickly become the "automobile" to the insurance industry's "horse and buggy." So who knows? I certainly don't.
Once Ethereum has transitioned to proof of stake, what concerns me a bit is that banks and governments might at some point be tempted to offer insane amounts of fiat money to secure enough stake in the network to subvert or censor it. The amount of money they have available vs. the amount of money which would cause the head of just about every crypto investor to swoon with the thoughts of the windfall profits they could make by selling for fiat seems to balance in favor of bribery for control being a viable option.
If a central bank were to initiate buys of Ethereum starting tomorrow with sufficient volume to drive the price of each coin to $1000 or $10,000, I don't know about you, but I would personally have a hard time 'hodling' my entire stack. If $10,000 per token were a high enough fiat price to gain a controlling interest in the stake - perhaps a central bank (or a cartel of them) would be willing to throw a little less than a trillion dollars at the problem.
Or maybe not. Of course, bankers might realize that this strategy won't work, because as soon as they try to censor the network or stall its development, the community could just fork away. But that also might be disruptive, so I'm wondering if there might not be a way to allow the protocol to exploit a would be 51% attacking coalition's mutual distrust among its members.
I haven't really though through the game theory of how that might work, but I think it's something interesting to contemplate.
Edit: Oh, and incidentally, since the ability to fork makes a hostile takeover of the Ethereum blockchain by banking interests a strategy not likely to succeed, what is the optimal strategy for the financial elite at this point, one might ask?
My best guess is this: for the wealthy and powerful members of the legacy economy the best strategy for preserving their wealth in the next economy is to buy in early, heavily, with their personal assets - then buy in via the commercial, financial, and political organizations they control.
Just relax and let this happen. More thoughtful management is taking over. Thanks for getting us this far, warts and all, but we've got it from here. Resist if you'd like, but by doing that, you won't just end up on the wrong side of history, more importantly, you'll end up on the wrong side of the fork.
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