Silicon Valley investor breaks down what you need to know about Bitcoin

While in San Francisco last week, Glenn met with Naval Ravikant, co-founder AngelList, a platform for start-ups to connect with potential investors and recruit talent. Naval's at the heart of Silicon Valley, and has invested in Uber, Twitter, Postmates, and more. Glenn wants to bring the stories of future technology being developed in Silicon Valley to people all over the country, so he made sure to talk to Naval about one of the biggest tech inventions people need to know: Bitcoin and Blockchain.

Glenn: Talk to me a little bit about Blockchain. We’ve had a conversation in the past about how right now if you go across the border, are you carrying $10,000 in cash?

Naval: You can carry it in your head. So, what Bitcoin does is Bitcoin essentially says that money and speech are the same thing. Let me give you an example. A Swiss bank account, if I know the number and I know the password to that, that is money. That is as good as money, and I can cross borders with it. So, they obviously can’t stop you from crossing the border with money if you have a bank account somewhere remotely.

Think of Bitcoin as a bank account in the cloud, and it’s completely decentralized, not the Swiss government, not the American government. It’s all the participants in the network enforcing. So, the ledger, the distributed database, it’s called a Blockchain, is held in the cloud by all the parties involved. It can be broken by any of them. It’s cryptographically too strong. You would have to compromise the entire network to take over Bitcoin. Not even the NSA can do it, and the value of the Bitcoin is a bounty on the Bitcoin.

So, if the value of all the Bitcoin in the world today is $5 billion, that’s a $5 billion bounty. Any hacker who can go break that, can collect a lot of that money, but they can’t, so it shows you how strong it is. Even the NSA couldn’t break the Blockchain today…I don’t think so. But because of that, that means that Bitcoin is protected. The value is protected. The money is protected. But notice what I said at the beginning, money is speech. That means that speech is protected. That means I can publish things into Bitcoin that no one can take away. I can publish WikiLeaks, for example, tracks of information into there that are irrevocable.

Explain that. Slow down. Explain that.

Blockchain is a giant database. That database has a $5 billion bounty on it which is the value of all the Bitcoin.

So, that’s basically a $5 billion reward. Hack me, and you’ve got $5 billion.

Correct, or something close to it. You may not get it all out, but an approximation, that’s a reasonable assumption.

I’ll take half a billion.

Sure. So, that’s the bounty that protects the Blockchain, and the Blockchain is a distributed database and with an infinitesimal amount of Bitcoin, I can write anything into that database. I think long-term, Bitcoin is a currency of the Internet. So, even if humans don’t use it, routers will use it. Web browsers will use it. Web servers will use it.

So, let me bring this to the real world.

Machines will use it.

Sony would use this for all of the contracts to be able to stop what happened to them.

Sony would use Bitcoin grade encryption, so Bitcoin advances encryption. You and I may use Bitcoin for a transaction to lock our contract or our money into the cloud. Someone in China may use it for speech. They might use it to get a message out to the rest of the world anonymously in a way that it cannot be pulled back. So, China may censor YouTube. China may censor Twitter. They won’t be able to censor Bitcoin. There’s no central authority. There’s no one you can go to and say we’re going to turn Bitcoin off. Turning Bitcoin off is the same as turning the Internet off, so the moment the Internet became truly pervasive, it was inevitable that speech would become pervasive.

Why are there such, I mean, other than the obvious—

The great firewall of China will fall.

That’s amazing.

In our lifetimes.

Why is there such pushback on Bitcoin, other than it disrupts everything?

It disrupts everything. If it works, it will be the greatest transfer of wealth in human history. Even if it doesn’t work as advertised, it may still enable free speech and anonymous speech to a level that large states, totalitarian states, would be uncomfortable with.

So, in other words, with the Blockchain, somebody in North Korea can tell us what’s happening in the prison camps, and they can show us the videos and the pictures, and it can’t be traced back.

Well, they’d have to be careful about it, but if they’re careful about it, it can’t be traced. It can’t be pulled back. It can’t be stopped. You can’t turn off Bitcoin without turning off the Internet. That’s how it’s designed. People forget what the Internet did was it connected every human to every human, and so because of that, it reduced the power of the elites. It reduced the power of mass media. It reduced the power of controlled media. No one can control the message anymore.

 

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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