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Will Wall Street Ruin Bitcoin? Featuring Ben Hunt and Alex Gladstein

As traditional financial institutions line up to get into bitcoin, a debate on whether it can stay permissionless and censorship resistant.

Dec 15, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:43 a.m. UTC

As traditional financial institutions line up to get into bitcoin, a debate on whether it can stay permissionless and censorship resistant.

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This episode is sponsored by Crypto.com and Nexo.io.

Ben Hunt is the founder of Second Foundation Partners and lead author of Epsilon Theory. Alex Gladstein is the chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation. 

In this conversation, they discuss one of the most important burgeoning topics of the year: In a world where bitcoin goes mainstream with traditional financial institutions, can it keep its more renegade spirit? More important, can it keep its more renegade features such as permissionless access and censorship resistance? 

Ben and Alex join for a good faith, spirited discussion of whether the bitcoin we know today will be preserved or whether it is doomed to be co-opted by the financial powers that be.

Find our guests on social:
Ben: @EpsilonTheory
Alex: @Gladstein

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