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‘Be Your Own Bank’ and the ‘Luxury of Apathy’

Adam B. Levine

A recap of one of the most significant weeks in recent American political history.

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This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Ciphertrace.

The Breakdown Weekly Recap looks at the key themes that shaped the week. On this week’s episode, NLW discusses:

  • The modern significance of Tiananmen Square, and why this week’s U.S. protests show why the tools of surveillance need to be applied to states, not citizens.
  • The importance of “narrative violations,” or fighting to see things without falling into popular but often wrong conventional wisdoms.
  • The need to resist attempts from both the left and the right to fit today’s unrest into convenient culture-war frameworks that perpetuate each group’s power.

See also: Decentralization and What Section 230 Really Means for Freedom of Speech

This week on The Breakdown

Monday’s Breakdown | The Power and Peril of the ‘Bitcoin Fixes This’ Meme 

  • A look at what role, if any, bitcoin has to play in remaking the world that is being protested around the U.S. (and world) this week.

Tuesday’s Breakdown | Bitcoin, Cellphones and the Citizen Tools of Anti-Authoritarianism, Feat. Alex Gladstein

  • A look at the anti-authoritarian technology stack, including where non-state money like bitcoin fits in.

Related: The Revolution Will Be Retweeted: The Breakdown Weekly Recap

Wednesday’s Breakdown | 5 Numbers That Tell the Story of Markets Right Now

  • From the number of U.S. flights from Chinese carriers to S&P 500 growth in the tumultuous year of 1968, these (unexpected) numbers tell the story of today’s markets.

Thursday’s Breakdown | The Mirage of the Money Printer: Why the Fed Is More PR Than Policy, Feat. Jeffrey P. Snider

  • An argument that the Fed is actually highly ineffectual due to the presence of the eurodollar shadow-banking system.

Friday’s Breakdown | The Biggest Realignment in the US-China Relationship Since Nixon, Feat. Graham Webster

  • A 101-level primer on the history of the U.S.-China relationship, and why today’s bluster represents a fundamental shift. 

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