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S3 E9: Ragnar Lifthrasir on Bitcoin and Mental Health

Ragnar Lifthrasir has been involved in the Bitcoin space since 2011 and is best known for as an advocate for gun ownership. As a way of defying expectations and generating a fresh discussions, we mutually agreed to have an hour-long conversation which completely avoids the topic of guns – instead, we talked about the reasons why Ragnar got into Bitcoin, the development of the network overtime, and some issues related to the community that Satoshi’s invention can fix.

Most interestingly, we approached the topic of mental health and how there are instances when the hardcore libertarian mindset might be detrimental for an individual’s happiness. Our conclusion is that no matter how much BTC you own or aspire to own, it’s important to have friends and family members with whom you can share experiences and exchange opinions. Sound money is great, saving is an excellent idea, but spending some quality time with people who care about you is also an essential part of living a good life.

When the conversation isn’t so deep, it concerns some technical and ideological aspects regarding the Lightning Network, Blockstream’s Liquid federated sidechain, and the narrative of Bitcoin.

The episode is available on Spotify and iTunes.

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