✨ DEBRIEF ✨ | Ryan & David’s Unfiltered Thoughts on the Episode
https://shows.banklesshq.com/p/114-vitalik-debrief

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Vitalik returns to Bankless once again—this time to defend Bitcoin Maximalism of all things. On April Fools Day this year, Vitalik posted an article to his blog titled ‘In Defense of Bitcoin Maximalism,’ but instead of being a pure troll, the Ethereum Founder approached the piece with truth and crafted a salient & compelling argument.

By steel-manning maximalism, Vitalik lays out a very reasonable case for the merits intolerance and toxicity. Philosophical and contrarian episodes like these help us understand the industry better, encouraging empathy for all sides of the debate.

We explore this in context of Ethereum maximalism as well, and Vitalik offers some sage advice to Bankless. This conversation is far more philosophy-based than tech-based, but as we’ve seen, Vitalik is as comfortable in this setting as he is discussing the latest EIPs or protocol upgrades.

Also, Vitalik spills the tea on Twitter’s new favorite drink—the VB.

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Topics Covered:

0:00 Intro
8:30 Green Tea and Twitter Hate
15:47 The April Fools Article
22:35 Crypto Grifters and Security
29:22 Taking Responsibility
37:19 Performative Weirdness
43:33 The Culture Stack
49:14 Value Tradeoffs
53:40 Lessons from BTC Maximalism
57:45 Why Maximalism is Good
1:02:30 Why Maximalism is Ridiculous
1:12:16 The Best of Both Worlds
1:16:10 Bored Weird Vitalik NFTs
1:23:05 Spotlights vs Insults
1:29:30 ETH Maximalism
1:39:41 Advice for Bankless
1:45:15 Composability & Onboarding
1:53:00 The Middle Path

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Resources:

Vitalik on Twitter:

Vitalik’s Blog Post:
https://vitalik.ca/general/2022/04/01/maximalist.html

Time Magazine:
https://time.com/6158182/vitalik-buterin-ethereum-profile/

Survive, Thrive Theory of the Political Spectrum: https://slatestarcodex.com/2013/03/04/a-thrivesurvive-theory-of-the-political-spectrum/

Bored Weird Vitalik Club:
https://weirdvitalik.com/

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