Apr 16 • 1HR 38M

114 - In Defense of Bitcoin Maximalism | Vitalik Buterin

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Vitalik Buterin 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, crafting a salient & compelling argument.

By steel-manning maximalism, Vitalik lays out a surprisingly reasonable case for the merits of 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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