Going down with the Ship

This piece was originally published on the 16th June, 2022, with Bitcoin Magazine:

It’s times like this when a little written copium, blended with some philosophically infused hopium is just what the doctor ordered.

Svetski is here to deliver this cure for your sorrows and ailments.

This concoction is for my brothers and sisters in the recent classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021.


This is the moment where you earn your Bitcoin. Inheriting the world via first mover advantage on Bitcoin was never going to come easy, and each one of these episodes is an opportunity for you to not just stack some cheap sats, but truly build conviction.

The former is a nice perk, but the latter is what builds character.

In this short piece I shall endeavour to remind you why we are all here.

We are not the same.

Most freedom and wealth LARPing individuals will be running for the hills right about now, with their tails tucked between their legs. They shall be trading their energy-money for toilet paper, government or central bank issued funny money.

It’s an incredible sight to behold.

But…..Those who don’t, those of you who stick around, are going to be forged into something more powerful and profound.

I am writing this for for you, because myself and many others have walked this same path. We are still in the early stages of what shall be a multi-decade struggle in which the old empire of lies must be replaced with a timechain of truth. The world cannot go on as it is. The centre and the central planners cannot hold.

You are finally going to have an opportunity to become a Bitcoiner. Now is your chance to earn your way into the Bitcoin hall of fame, and I don’t mean some public record written on some wall. I mean the laying of a foundation for generational wealth.

We are still in the heat of the battle. What the world needs more of now is battle-hardened Bitcoiners with conviction, who will not, under any circumstance, yield to the enemy.

That enemy is multi-faceted. It includes the get rich quick schemes of the shitcoin space, the false gods of the fiat state and the fraudulent machinations of the central banking cartels. Each conspire to turn you into either a Battery, a Judas, an Ephialtes of Trachis or simply a mindless blob of grey goo to be moulded into whatever suits the hysteria of the moment.

Your job is to resist. The only question is; what will you choose to do?

The Intolerant Minority

Bitcoin is not going anywhere because you and I are not going anywhere.
Bitcoin is unyielding because you and I are unyielding.

If Bitcoin sinks, we transform it into a submarine and we keep going. We find a way to resurface.

There is no plan C.
To take the island, you burn the fucking boats.

None of this is novel, it’s just our generation’s version of the struggle. The psyche of the victor remains the same.

Nobody is going to devote their lives to the “printing of euro’s by the ECB”.

But many shall devote their lives to the establishment of a techno-sociological phenomenon that roots the scorecard for the product of our labour into the universal currency (energy).

That inherent advantage is what makes us different to both the lemmings and the parasites, the former who are oblivious to what’s going on, whilst the latter want to maintain the status quo because they get to pull the levers.

The intolerant minority wins, because they shall not yield. Time is always on our side. We may not have the numbers, but we have the advantage of the gravity of truth. The Empire of Lies has to fight entropy. As such, they will lose.

Lock up your Bitcoin, make it impossible to touch, and watch.

Earning it

When I wrote the 42 reasons to sell your Bitcoin in Jan 2022, I was very clear about what this year was going to look like.

I’m not even sure I consider what we’re going through a ‘bear market’. At worst it’s an intermittent phase within a broader up-cycle. Either way it is irrelevant, because it serves but one purpose; earning your Bitcoin.

Your focus right now should be on a few simple things:

  1. Earn. Increase Cashflow. Earn income. Use the excess to accumulate.
  2. Learn. Increase knowledge. Earn your conviction. Use it to accumulate.
  3. Develop thick skin. Every lemming, naysayer and Taleb-ass-licking loser is going to come out of the woodwork to tell you; “I told you so, it’s going to Zero”. This is the moment where you get to truly discover how much of an individual you are, and whether or not you would be the one standing on the side of truth and integrity when times get tough.

#3 is a direct corrollary to the question of whether or not you would’ve been a camp guard. As Peterson says, most people would have just ‘obeyed’ because it’s easier to go with the crowd or the prevailing narrative. Compliance and obedience is the mark of the masses.

The Remnant are those who cultivate and forge the monster within.

They are those who can say ‘no’ to the false narrative, and stand their ground not because someone told them to, but because it’s the right, honest and truthful thing to do.

In Closing

This is where identity is built, and as Tony Robbins would say:

The greatest force in the human psyche is the need to stay consistent with one’s identity.

Now is the time to forge the identity of the Bitcoiner. The Remnant. The intolerant minority. He or she who shall not yield.

It reminds me of the famous line by Kin Leonidas of The Spartans.
What is your profession”?

Who shall you choose to be?

Are you an Acadian, or a Spartan? It’s fine to be either, but now is the time to choose. Another quick excerpt from Why you should sell your Bitcoin:

This is your opportunity to viscerally learn that the ONLY monetary measure that counts is how much Bitcoin you have.

If you have more today than you did yesterday or last week, you are winning.

The ‘exchange rate’ between Bitcoin and other units of account is irrelevant, because each of those units are transient in nature. What matters is the absolute territory you can amass on the Bitcoin network and your proportion of the the total units of energy money available.

If you can master this mindset, your descendants will have a foundation upon which to build. If you do not, nobody can help you.

This is the greatest time in human history to be alive. Do not squander it. Revel in the pain. Embrace it. Let it forge you into something greater.

You are a Bitcoiner in the making.


Thankyou for reading, and I sincerely hope you found value in trading your time for it. There will be loads more to come.

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