1/ In case some of you are wondering if I’ve completely lost my mind on this infrastructure bill, the answer is yes, but it happened a decade ago.

I genuinely believe crypto is the backbone for an effective and highly disruptive third party in America. 👇🏼
2/ I’ve recounted this story before on podcasts and panels but my first exposure to Bitcoin was during the 2011 “debt sequester” which saw Congress utterly fail at bipartisan budgeting. Following the debacle the credit ratings agencies cut US Debt rating to AA for the first time.
3/ I saw three ways to short Congress without emigrating (DC is terrible, but I love America so that was never an option): short treasuries, buy gold, buy BTC

I did 1 & 2 (wrong, wrong), avoided 3 because I wasn’t a dev and thought a BTC purchase in a cafe might send me to jail.
4/ Fast forward to 2013, BTC roars back (Fred Wilson backs Coinbase, Winklevii ETF, Silk Road shutdown) and I’m winding down my first startup.

Same frustration with our government / the country’s path, but now there’s a credible play to short DC, and BUILD the alternative. 🤟🏼
5/ Within weeks, I was all in on BTC. months later I met Vitalik (briefly) in Miami when he announced Ethereum. Then I built a sustainable network thanks to a silly newsletter, a throwaway Reddit pseudo, and one scoop (Mt Gox). I knew I’d ride crypto for life. (Its life or mine)
6/ From Day 1, I was turned off by charlatans & inspired by builders. I viewed the most prominent charlatans (regulators like @BenLawsky) with unconcealable contempt.

I viewed crypto as an opt out political alternative to the two parties & politicos as obstacles to stall/ avoid.
7/ I went on an all out crusade (many cringey moments in hindsight) vs Mt Gox and The Bitcoin Foundation. And I thought crypto would police itself more effectively than short term govt appointees with no understanding of the tech or the consequences to overburden some regulation.
8/ That has been a large part of what’s driven me ever since.

eg DCG acquired CoinDesk for its Consensus brand, and we wanted events to showcase crypto’s credibility.

eg Messari is a data company, but it started out of rage against the 2017 ICO mania & need to self-regulate.
9/ Running in the background we have:

+ Snowden revelations
+ Trump, Brexit
+ Record deficits & government waste
+ Increasing polarization (but always bigger government)
+ top to bottom institutional failure on COVID

Meanwhile building in crypto is rare forward progress.
10/ But 2020 marked a turning point in adoption & wagmi conviction:

+ the world woke up to inflation risk
+ people saw big tech censorship and data centralization problems
+ DeFi became a credible alternative to big banks
+ blockchains started to get scaleable

We’re close.

+ We’ve got well-functioning, resilient global markets that trade and process transactions 24/7
+ Alternatives to the tech and media monopolies
+ Emerging opt-in governance models and (soon) well populated metaverses

From scratch in just a decade.
12/ Now here’s the secret:

Crypto has made a lot of people wealthy, not at the expense of greater fools as many critics would have you believe, but at the expense and *in spite* of hindrances from incumbents.

The “now they fight you phase” is here.
13/ Crypto has created new financial primitives, governance standards, community ownership models, & computing platforms in just a decade.

It is *almost* unstoppable tech that can solve many of the problems of big gov, big bank, big tech largesse.

It’s the “exit” party.
14/ If government could solve healthcare, it would solve healthcare.

If government could solve financial inclusion, it would solve financial inclusion.

If government could solve education it would solve education.

15/ I won’t mince words. I’m very biased here because I despise DC. I have for a decade. For good reason!

Their results suck, and in any other industry, these pols would be fired for incompetence.

The American system of government works, but it was never meant to be this big.
16/ How to disrupt DC without destroying America: enter crypto.

We have now gotten big enough - as a voting block and economy - to effectively represent a new third party.

Younger, idealistic, anti-two party, capitalist, autonomous voters, who want to vote “other” have a home.
17/ Libertarians don’t win elections because you can’t win by running on a “I’ll do nothing” platform.

Crypto routes around DC, so you progressively opt out instead of play a rigged game.

First with money. Then with markets. Then computing. Etc.
18/ For a while, we’ve been happily toiling in the fringes with the occasional state driven nuisance.

Our own little virtual nerd metaverses connected by discord servers, telegram channels and signal chats, and populated by pepes, punks, and bored apes.

Then last week happened.
19/ DC punished us for not being part of their game, and used us for a “tax offset” in an “infrastructure” bill that otherwise ignores the highest growth sector of American tech.

They forced us into their political game at gunpoint. Not hyperbole: break a bad law, go to jail.
20/ What happens when 10s of millions of younger, tech savvy voters with anti-big gov, anti-big tech, anti-bank ethos get lumped together and forced to opt into a system rigged for DC, Wall Street, and Big Tech?

You get the backbone of a new, broadly bipartisan political party.
21/ Crypto and its innovators must be protected at all costs.

The energy from this week needs to be converted into a ruthlessly effective - and feared - political machine.

We didn’t choose this fight or its timing, but now that it’s here the only option is to win.

🎤 🎤 🎤
(End of thread. One note is that this is mostly stream of conscious on a nice long walk outside, so not as tight as my long form writing. Just wanted to get something raw out there.)

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