E14: Alex Gladstein on How Bitcoin Improves Freedom, Stablecoins, and Improving the Lightning Network
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Alex Gladstein is the Chief Strategy Officer of the Human Rights Foundation, where he has worked since 2007.

Alex and I spoke about how Bitcoin improves financial freedom, how Lightning extends Bitcoin’s functionality, and the ways in which Lightning still needs to improve for journalists, dissidents, and citizens under authoritarian rule.

→ The Human Rights Foundation: https://hrf.org

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Timestamps

00:00 - Intro

01:03 - Alex Gladstein Intro

04:22 - Integrating Bitcoin at the Human Rights Foundation

06:42 - How Bitcoin Improves Freedom

10:00 - What Can & Can’t Bitcoin Fix?

16:39 - Lightning’s Advantage over On-Chain Bitcoin

21:07 - Stabilized Lightning

32:32 - Who Wants Crypto Dollars?

36:17 - The Impact of Stablecoins on the US Dollar

42:48 - Exciting Bitcoin/Lightning Developments

46:25 - The Lightning Round

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