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From September 21-23 the Aspen Institute hosted the first Nexus Earth Conference, which focused on technology and currency disrupters, cryptocurrency and blockchain.
Almost 50 speakers in finance, technology, aerospace, blockchain, bitcoin, gold and silver, economics, philosophy, medical marijuana, music, data and hardware systems, including former presidential candidates Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, former Minnesota governor and political commentator Jesse Ventura, actor Ed Asner, well-known investor Peter Schiff and CEO of Vector Space Systems Jim Cantrell shared their viewpoints in various sessions and forums.
Chris Mullen, Senior Web Content Manager at GoldSeek.com, lives in Basalt and attended with an Aspen Entrepreneurs pass. “It was unique… fascinating at times, outlandish at others. What struck me most was the libertarian values that most, if not nearly all there, identified with: Liberty, freedom, decentralization and protecting the rights of the individual.”
Colin Cantrell, creator of the cryptocurrency Nexus, explained how Bitcoin is run by less than 10 mining pools that currently control the market, and how he is developing tech to break this control. Patrick Byrne, founder of Overstock and t zero, explained the world's first blockchain-based securities trading platform. A member of the campaign for Free and Equal Elections, Ed Asner hosted a session titled “An Independent Voice in the Entertainment Industry.” Author Doug Casey debated Ellen Brown, Jeff Berwick and Flip Flipkowski on “Universal Basic Income.” Another session gathered former Minnesota governor, now host of "The World According to Jesse," on RT America, Max Keiser, Stacy Herbert and Drew Phillips to discuss how cryptocurrency and blockchain might change America’s cold war mentality.
Three-time presidential candidate and libertarian icon Ron Paul drew a packed and diverse crowd—think everyone from young professionals to dreadlocked cannabis entrepreneurs—to Paepcke Auditorium on Saturday. Upon opening remarks, the audience erupted into chants of “End the Fed.” He spoke to the political environment needed for cryptocurrency to thrive, and criticized the inequity of our current monetary policy. He reminded the audience that the Constitution was set up to protect individual’s liberties.
“I thought I was going to learn about crypto and blockchain at this conference, and that I did, but what I really learned is that there is still a great hunger in the world to solve this problem of fiat money,” says Mullen. “Can crypto help wake up millions in the third world by simply getting them a smart phone? The short answer is ‘yes.’”
Ron Paul: Courtesy Nexus Earth Conference