In this review, The Guns ‘N’ Bitcoin promotes liberty via the dissemination of free speech and financial freedom. It’s something I have longed to write about for quite some time and I will continue to write about in future blog posts.
Preface: The Cybernaut Sentinel
In my experience, having loved and lost, I have begun to appreciate the philosophy of creating independent wealth, security, and sustenance. It means freedom to many, but for me, it’s a bit more than that. It’s about recovery, resolution, and revolution. The phrase, “It’s better to have loved and lost than never loved at all,” means more than just some wild summer fling with a girl at summer camp. It’s the dream of wealth, prosperity, being proud of who you are, and finding the path to independence again.
In my opinion, self-reliance is the purest form of independence any individual can hope to achieve. While many of us rely (heavily) on systems of dependence, there have been near-miraculous events over the last ten years that have shaped the technology we use while also defining a rise in the power of individualism. These events couldn’t have happened at a better time and place in recent history. We’ll visit these events and their impeccable timing throughout my blog as it progresses. Today I want to focus on the loved and lost and what it means to think and do for yourself.
When I refer to the loved and the lost, I find myself all too often referring to bygone eras of human society. The loved are ideas of liberty, independence, and human rights all but lost to unhealthy and even dangerous substitutes of interdependence and reliance on services, goods, infrastructure, and government. Some examples of past but romanticized times in our history are the Civil Rights era, The Reagan and Late Cold War Era, and the eventual fall of the USSR. These eras heed clairvoyance to the power of human beings who value liberty and rights over subjectivism. There are more that I will touch on in subsequent posts, but I want to focus on the review here and what this podcast meant to me as a late Generation X / Proto Millenial man growing up.
So what am I getting at?
Enter Guns ‘N’ Bitcoin. The podcast is written and produced by Ragnar Lifthrasir and Chanel Li. I have listened to all of their podcasts since their inception, and one thing that sticks out to me the most is their beliefs on self-preservation through independence. If you’ve even had the smallest interaction at all with Ragnar Lifthrasir, you’ll notice right off that he’s methodical and calculated, yet a warm and genuinely friendly person. It makes the podcast flow. The questions poised are from a place of curiosity, but with substance behind them. It seems like Ragnar spends his time researching the subject before each podcast so that the conversation with each guest is balanced. I like this. It keeps things engaging. I’ll share my thoughts on the two recent episodes, which I find interesting, but also consider to be the flagship episodes and the stride of things to come from Ragnar and Chanel.
3D Guns: Speak Softly and Carry A Big Printer
This particular episode (episode 18) features an acquaintance of mine from the Deterrence Dispensed Keybase group, Incarbonite. Incarbonite is one of today’s top minds when it comes to the unique fabrication of firearms. An excerpt from Guns ‘N’ Bitcoin’s website promoting this episode is as follows.
“We continue to defy what’s possible with 3D gun printing”. 3D gun printing is hard work, and our guest today is one of the hardest working gun printers. Incarbonite has built or tested just about every 3D printed gun and the part that the Deterrence Dispensed team has produced since its inception. In this episode, we discuss Incarbonite’s experience, starting from building DIY firearms at home as a kid to today’s most modern and cutting edge 3D printed creations.”
Incarbonite: The Workhorse of 3D Gun Printing
Incarbonite and I met on Twitter before he was banned back in mid-2019. Like many in the community of gun printing, Incarbonite identifies himself using a nickname to protect his identity. It’s acceptable in the community considering the toxicity of the anti-gun mob who will stop at nothing to expose and shun anyone who is pro-gun, especially when you’re making them and sharing the information freely online.
Incarbonite comes off as a chill dude with a massive capacity for gun knowledge. Ragnar brings out the best in him by asking questions that are inciteful and lead to resolution; the kinds of questions interviewers of today have forgotten how to ask. At the beginning of the podcast, there is some familiarity with Incarbonite’s voice and story. He’s naturally a tinkerer and is passionate about his craft. Everything in his account of growing up as a curious child then-teenager taking things apart to see how they work and making things resonates with me. There’s no err of arrogance in his voice, although he stands out against the status quo. He’s just calm and very diligent in his delivery.
Throughout the podcast, Ragnar asks Incarbonite to explain the hurdles and achievements throughout his career, and the response is proud but modest. He gives credit to the community and relies on the shared knowledge it brings. Incarbonite and Ragnar go on to discuss the health of the community despite the attempts of the cancel culture mob to stop the flow of ideas. It is refreshing to hear when you pay attention to the things that are going on in the big tech space around Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and other companies that broker human knowledge with a seemingly near-monopoly grip.
The two compare notes on the LoPoint, FGC-9, and Ghetto Blaster projects noting the caveats of gun control laws and how 3D printing preserves the rights and liberties of individuals regardless of infringing or unconstitutional legislation. The subject entertains the idea that there is, at the very least, a proof of burden when it comes to criminalizing and enforcing bans on firearm parts, primarily with laws written to ban the import of or trade of parts. At what point does plastic and spring steel become illegal to possess?
Liberty Through Bitcoin: Defeating The Financial Censorship Trinity
The focus of Episode 17 is directly on using bitcoin as a tool for financial freedom and security as an individual. Still, the surgical strike here is a blow to censorship of Big Tech, The mob, and private enterprise through financial services. An excerpt from the Guns ‘N’ Bitcoin episode page is as follows.
“Financial censorship is a powerful new tool to suppress free speech by threatening and sometimes ruining people’s financial lives. While governments have varying restraints on censoring speech, private enterprises and outrage mobs do not. When two of these three groups work together to silence dissidents, individuals have few defenses. In this episode, we speak with Preston Byrne; an attorney focused on cryptocurrency and tech, who has written and spoken on this trinity of financial censorship.”
Preston Byrne opens with a response to Ragnar’s inquiry regarding hate speech and free speech. Right off the bat, you know you’re listening to someone who has studied free speech and censorship extensively. The contrast between this episode and episode 18 is evident in tone. The tone of the podcast is very positive; however, Preston is an attorney and comes across with slightly more conviction than Incarbonite did in Episode 18. This contrast isn’t a bad thing. It shows the breadth of knowledge and personalities involved with the podcast as a whole. Ragnar seems to enjoy the lessons Preston is giving and uses the direction of Preston’s message to steer the podcast.
The direction of this podcast is what interests me the most and is one of the very reasons I got into bitcoin way back in 2011. Ragnar and Preston take this podcast through the known limits of financial restrictions and pass into the realm of unknown but untapped potential that Bitcoin possesses when it comes to financial freedom. They really hone in on the ability to use Bitcoin as a means to keep information unrestricted and nearly invulnerable to state-sponsored or corporate sponsored censorship.
The removal of accounts from Twitter, iTunes, GoDaddy, Facebook, YouTube, and many other Big Tech platforms has become the norm for those in power that are either in control or cave to the demands of mob outrage. Examples include Gab.com, GhostGunner.net, and Alex Jones, among others.
Preston makes many good points as the podcast rolls on that the embrace of Bitcoin by publishers isn’t just something that’s easily dismissed anymore. Content producers and individuals are starting to rally around the idea that being de-platformed may be inevitable sooner or later. There is a genuine solution to hosting bitcoin nodes yourself. You do have options, and better yet, control. After all, he who controls the spice controls the universe, right? At least this time, it’s your spice.
As a kid growing up in the 1980’s and 1990’s I remember the elements of the fall of the USSR and the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. I was young, but I was told at a very young age that the people of these places were brave and sought freedom. I never really knew what it meant then, but I remember being taught that fighting for freedom was the highest form of honor and distinction that a person could achieve. I watched as the Gulf War unfolded on television through the commentary of Bernard Shaw on CNN. My Dad rarely shielded me from world affairs and often took moments like these to describe what was happening to the people who were being oppressed. It’s something that stuck with me since I was a child. On top of these things, I grew up on a rice and soybean farm with my Dad and Granddad doing the best they could to keep our family stable. My Granddad was a veteran of the Pacific Theater in World War Two. The two of them were men of principle. They were also very gifted with the ability to repair, tinker, and build things.
As a child, I was fascinated with building things as well as fixing things. My Dad and Granddad were fond of firearms and hunting. I received my first shotgun at the age of six or seven and I don’t remember a time in my life that I wasn’t shooting targets or hunting small game. We were always building any number of things from homemade fireworks to barbecue grills. Hearing Incarbonite talk about his experiences building guns, potato cannons, and other weapons reminded me of similar experiences I had growing up. It’s in our nature to build, innovate, and destroy.
Freedom of information and fighting for rights is something I value very much. Hearing experiences from people all over this great country of ours share their stories with Ragnar makes it more worthwhile.
Guns ‘N’ Bitcoin Promotes Liberty
I look forward to more interviews with the 3D gun printing community as well as the Bitcoin Fintech community and suggest that you check out the entirety of the Guns ‘N’ Bitcoin catalog when you get a chance. Share the message with others. These two episodes are reflective of the information Ragnar and Chanel are bringing to the masses and, to me, are the staples of their future episodes. With the focus on liberty around the individual to harden themselves against the cancel culture mob, censorship, the state, and personal security, the message is one that I want to hear more. I encourage anyone who values their individualism, freedom, rights, and liberty to subscribe to the Guns N Bitcoin podcast.
- Keybase, LBRY.io, Spee.ch, are all robust platforms against censorship of speech.
- Bitcoin, when used, is challenging in opposition to extra-judicial mob justice.
- 3D-printing a firearm is the epitome of individual liberty.