In this episode of Bitcoin Magazine“Meet The Taco Plebs” was accompanied by homie Ben Carman. I’ve interacted with Carman on Bitcoin Twitter for the past few years and he’s someone I even met in person through a conference. Carman has contributed a lot to the development of Bitcoin by working on Bitcoin Core, Wasabi Wallet and now as a developer at Suredbits.
In this podcast, we discussed how Carman got into Bitcoin and fell into the rabbit hole after hearing about Bitcoin a few times in the past. We discussed what he was involved in before Bitcoin and what type of work he did and how this helped him transition into development in this area. We then looked at what he’s working on at Suredbits.
Carman went through his past and what his beliefs were about life before Bitcoin and how much they have changed. We discussed the problems that are in society today and why they exist. We have come to the conclusion that the Federal Reserve and fiat money are at the core of all of our problems and Bitcoin is fixing that.
Below are some of Carman’s best thoughts that were shared during the interview. See the full episode for more information.
How did you find Bitcoin and fall into the rabbit hole?
“I came to Bitcoin in November 2017. I had heard of Bitcoin many times before and was told it was the future of money, but I never investigated why that is and what makes it important and a necessary upgrade.
“During the 2017 bull market, I heard about the price, bought a little and started watching some Andreas videos. I quickly fell into the rabbit hole and took the orange-red pill in one go. At first, the technology was really interesting to me, but I was interested in finding the economic side.
“Before I came to Bitcoin, I was a total Bernie Bro and always assumed that all the world’s economic problems should be solved through more taxes and donations to the poor. After reading and listening to countless pieces of content about the Austrian School, I became convinced that the centrally planned economy is the real problem and solid money is the best way to solve this and Bitcoin is the best way to achieve this goal. “
How did Bitcoin change your life?
“Bitcoin has changed my life drastically. I took 180 of my political and economic views into account and committed my life and career to them. I was in computer science college when I discovered it but had no real plan in life. I spent most of my free time with League of Legends and would never save money. After college, all I wanted to do was get a desk job and collect a paycheck. After getting into Bitcoin, I spent almost all of my free time learning about Bitcoin and then contributing to open source projects. “
What do you think is the most amazing thing about Bitcoin?
“What amazes me about Bitcoin is how smart some people are on the project. Satoshi had the ingenious tendency to create the system and then all these amazing minds from around the world came together to make sure this project was successful. I spend most of my time doing Bitcoin things and there is so much I don’t know and even if I catch up there will always be new things to learn. “
How would you advise someone to learn about Bitcoin? What are your favorite podcasts, articles, and books?
“There is so much good content for Bitcoin. I learn more auditory and listen to countless podcasts. I would say that the best intro content exists on “Tales From The Crypt” and Stephan Livera. You have hundreds of hours of content to spend on your rabbit hole trip. There are also many good books out there. Saifedeans “The Bitcoin Standard” opened my eyes and really convinced me how important Bitcoin is and what it means for the world. “
What’s your best bitcoin pitch?
“My favorite way to toss bitcoin is just to say it’s fairer money. Put simply, bitcoin is the fairest money ever made and will solve many of the social problems we have in the world think 2020 was a great place to place bitcoin and you can just pull up a chart of any currency in the world and see how much has been printed. “