5 key takeaways from Glenn's special show on Bitcoin

If you've been listening to the show for the past week, one thing is abundantly clear: Glenn knows almost nothing about how Bitcoin works. And to be honest, neither do the rest of us on the team. So Glenn and his EP Tiffany put together a special show where experts explained exactly what Bitcoin was and how it works. Elizabeth Ploshay, a Bitcoin Foundation board member, Jeffrey Tucker of Liberty.me, and Kristov Atlas, the author of Anonymous Bitcoin, all joined Glenn for this special Bitcoin episode.

Before you get started, here is a quick Bitcoin tutorial:

So what were some of the key points from tonight's show?

1) Acceptance of Bitcoin is rapidly expanding

Bitcoin is now an acceptable form of payment at 60,000 merchants worldwide, 50,000 of those added in one year. Glenn said: "I will tell you I love the innovation of it. People are trying to find a way out of the mess politicians and the central banks have created. The free market always wins. Big government can rack their brains all day long, and they will never, ever, ever, be able to duplicate the innovative spirit of the collective American public. One guy has an idea, and it starts like a grass fire."

2) It’s both a currency and a payment system.

Jeffrey Tucker:  If you took away the payment system associated with Bitcoin, Bitcoin would be worth zero right now.  It’s the payment network that gives it value.  It’s both a currency and a payment system.  That’s a little strange.  We’re used to thinking of those things as separate.  You know, we think of like dollars, and then we think of like PayPal or something or Visa, MasterCard.  With Bitcoin, they’re both united.  Payment system and the currency are one single thing, and it’s the sheer efficacy and brilliance of the payment system that led Bitcoin to have value.

Bitcoin lived on the Internet for ten months at a zero price, and it was only once the payment system was tested and tested and tested again, the market said this is extremely cool, this is amazing.  You can transfer stuff from here to there, anywhere in the world, direct peer to peer.  That’s a valuable thing to have, and then it obtained value. 

3) You can actually use it to buy stuff in the real world

Elizabeth Ploshay: You can use Bitcoin for so many things.  You can use it to buy plane tickets.  You can buy food with it.  You can use it for charitable donations.  The best thing about it is you can reach people around the world.  There are 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have bank accounts.  You can send money to those individuals without a bank account, so practical things but also helping people in need.

4) There are no central banks like The Federal Reserve

Elizabeth Ploshay: Trustless peer-to-peer system, direct transfer of funds, no trust in one central point of failure.

Kristov Atlas: When it’s centralized, when we have the government or some company doing it, then things are easy.  They can mint the units of currency.  They can validate the transactions are not fraudulent.  When you have a peer-to-peer basis, then you have to make sure that enough honest people are able to do all the stuff that the system is going to work, and that’s the genius of Bitcoin is they figured out ways for people to validate these transactions and to mint the new coins in a fair way that everyone is going to agree on and that’s going to be predictable in the future.

5) It has a limited supply

Kristov:  There’s social and economic forces at play basically.  So if you wanted to change this limit, there’s about 21 million Bitcoins that are supposed to ever be in existence, and we’ll get to that point, we’ll be mined out of Bitcoins somewhere around the year 2140.  If you wanted to change that, you would have to convince all these people running Bitcoin software that they need to agree to this change, they need to run a new version of Bitcoin based on changing this $21 million limit. 

But we know that investors all value Bitcoins based on everyone agreeing that there is this $21 million limit.  If you try to extend that, it’s going to debase their investment.  Investors are going to dump their Bitcoins right away.  They want to get out of it.  Everyone knows this, and so there’s no way you’re going to convince people to switch over to this new version.

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Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.