Bitcoin Q&A: Politics and counter-economics

[AUDIENCE] From a perspective of
defending and increasing freedom, should we even care about politics,
or just focus on counter-economics? Live on and buy bitcoin, etc. What do you think?
Do politics matter? Why or why not? [ANDREAS] The question was, should we care about
politics or should we focus on building [alternatives]. That is politics. What I am doing here is about politics.
Politics is a conversation about how to organize society. It is not a conversation you can only have as an elected
official, or only participate in once every four years. It is not a conversation you can only participate in
by wearing blue or red colored pins, though… that is what they want us to think politics is. They want us to think politics is the dirty business of
deciding between two terrible choices every four years.. so they can mess up the life of our neighbor, who we
didn’t like anyway and supported the wrong candidate. That is not politics, that is tribalism
played out in governance. We don’t need that. Politics is a society having a conversation
about governance. We are doing that right here. We didn’t cast any votes. I certainly
wasn’t elected, but this is politics. We are engaging in politics every day.
Local organization, creating community… that is valuable to other people, and helping each
other is the most powerful form of politics we have. Don’t vote, code. [Laughter]

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