S3 E7: Colin Harper on Bitcoin Journalism and Marxism
Bitcoin Magazine journalist Colin Harper is a university graduate with a degree in English. In his spare time, he takes a lot of interest in politics, enjoys reading studies on various social sciences, and holds the rather unconventional belief that Bitcoin should also be interesting for left-wingers (Marxists and social democrats alike).
Throughout this 80-minute interview, we discuss various experiences from the field of journalism, why Bitcoin Magazine is THE ivory tower in terms of high demands and rigor, and which political issues Bitcoin might be able to solve.
We agree that stateless, uncensorable, and unconfiscatable money should be a tool for all peope regardless of their political views, and then go on to talk about boomers and their views on Bitcoin.
The images that you see in the YouTube version are from the 1948 Leslie Brooks film noir, “Blonde Ice”. It’s an artistic direction that I’ve been meaning to take, since I consider black and white cinematography to be one of the most underrated forms of art. The motion picture is part of the public domain. Find out more details from the Wikipedia page.
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