Episode #77: Collective Governance
Our guest today is Greg Slepak, Software developer of Espionage 3 & founder of the okTurtles Foundation, who talked about the bitcoin block size debate as surfacing “politics” in the bitcoin ecosystem. Resident podcast guest Steven McKie joins us to add ‘basic income’ to the mix. Lots of tangents here as important protocol and software development projects require people of disparate views and plans to come together over common standards and code. Good behavior is good politics because it builds credibility. The politics are intense, there are ways that bitcoin governance is like government, and proposals to fork the software are kind of like constitutional amendments. After Greg talked to us, I’m increasingly comfortable thinking of bitcoin governance as a market phenomenon. Greg also delves into the gritty details regarding the recent Ethereum/Ethereum Classic hardfork shenanigans.