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Bitcoin's March to $1 Million with Samson Mow

Mar 12, 2024

Bitcoin's March to $1 Million with Samson Mow

Bitcoin's March to $1 Million with Samson Mow

Key Takeaways

This podcast episode delves into the nuances of Bitcoin sovereignty and the practicalities of UTXO (Unspent Transaction Output) management. The conversation pivots around the theme of self-sovereignty in the context of Bitcoin ownership and the ability to perform transactions on the main chain. It explores the economic impracticality of every individual holding a main chain UTXO due to the growing costs of transaction fees and the limited supply of Bitcoin, especially when contrasted with the global population.

The episode also discusses the emerging technologies like Liquid and Lightning Networks, which are layer-two solutions designed to alleviate the strain on the Bitcoin main chain. These technologies are weighed for their benefits and risks, with particular focus on the trust elements involved in federations and channel factories. The podcast outlines the challenges users face in managing their Bitcoin assets across multiple platforms, including hardware wallets, multisig setups, and layer-two solutions.

Furthermore, the episode touches upon the market dynamics and the potential for Bitcoin's price to increase significantly, spurred by factors such as ETFs drawing in large amounts of Bitcoin and the reduction in available supply due to the upcoming halving. The discussion also speculates on the impact of Bitcoin's adoption by nation-states and the potential for another contentious debate within the Bitcoin community, akin to the block size wars.

Best Quotes

  1. "Can you be self sovereign if you don't hold a UTXO? If the answer is no, cool, let's admit that. But that means we have to shift our narrative."
  2. "It's not economically practical at that point. But there are other things we can do... a UTXO on liquid, or a side chain that you fully control, or a virtual UTXO."
  3. "The majority of transactions I do are on layer two. But I still do base chain transactions. It's thousands of dollars... Most people will never hold a Utxo."
  4. "We need sound money, therefore we need a sound base layer that creates the framework that allows us to have money that can't be debased."
  5. "We might get to a stage in five years where Bitcoin is at $500,000 and people are buying a few hundred dollars of Bitcoin at a time, then there's going to be zero point buying UTXOs at that point."
  6. "The whole concept of UTXO management was really not considered."
  7. "Everything tends towards centralization for optimization, right? So most lightning hubs now are big players. You're almost like using a custodial service because they are the backbone of the network at this point."
  8. "I think the approach that most Bitcoin companies and Bitcoiners go out there with is bonk them on the head with a hammer and say, 'You use Bitcoin, use Lightning. Now, don't use a stablecoin.' But I don't believe that's a way to get them onboarded by just shouting at them."
  9. "How can [Bitcoin's price] not go up? If you think of Bitcoin, it's just a measuring stick with 21 million units on it. The reason why the number has to go up in fiat is because this thing is static and you printed a lot more of those numbers."
  10. "The next civil war...could make the previous one pale in's going to be ten X 100 X what it was before, because players are bigger, stakes are bigger."


In summing up the podcast episode, the discussion presents a thought-provoking perspective on Bitcoin's future, both in terms of technological infrastructure and its role as a global financial asset. The episode emphasizes the importance of understanding the trade-offs when it comes to achieving self-sovereignty with Bitcoin, and how layer-two solutions might serve the majority of users in the coming years.

The podcast also highlights the significance of the growing adoption of Bitcoin by larger institutional players, the influx of ETFs into the market, and the potential political and economic shifts that may arise as a result. The conversation ends with a sobering reminder of the challenges and debates that could emerge within the community as Bitcoin continues to evolve and attract a broader audience.

The overarching message is clear: Bitcoin is on the brink of a significant transformation, and while the future holds much promise, it is also laden with complexities that require careful consideration and education for new and existing members of the community. As the ecosystem grows, so too does the need for informed dialogue about the direction it should take, a topic that will undoubtedly spark further discussions in future episodes.


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