Decentralization Philosophy Part 1 – From Buddha to the Conquistadors

Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss decentralization in blockchain projects and the historical context of decentralized organizations.

AccessTimeIconJan 19, 2020 at 3:06 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 12:09 p.m. UTC

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss decentralization in blockchain projects, the historical context of decentralized organizations, the robustness it conveys but also the difficulties it engenders.

On today's podcast, we apply concepts and stories from The Spider and the Starfish: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, a formational book on pre-blockchain decentralization written in the early 2000s, as the centralized U.S. military struggled to effectively dispatch a much smaller decentralized force in Afghanistan.

While the battlefield is different, the insight is perhaps even more relevant to the world of blockchain projects, with their decentralized origins and ambitions.

Later, we discuss the similarities between decentralized organizations and the Buddha's concept of self.

Credits for LTB#423This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by and eToro.comOriginal Photo by Ubaidhulla Adam on UnsplashThis episode featured Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy and Jonathan MohanMusic for today's episode was provided by Jared Rubens, and general fuzz, with editing by Jonas  Would you like to Sponsor a future episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show? Do you have any questions or comments? Email


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