Giving Bitcoin to a City with Mayor Jayson Stewart
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As someone whose political agenda involves righting past wrongs and enabling citizens to have freedom, Bitcoin perfectly fits all of Jayson’s Stewart’s objectives. Jayson is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and as of 2020, he is the mayor of Cool Valley, Missouri. You may have heard of him: He went viral when he announced he would AirDrop all Cool Valley citizens $500 of Bitcoin. In this episode, Jayson shares why he felt called to run for mayor in his birthplace and the fascinating projects he has implemented thus far, including exposing everyone to some Bitcoin. Jayson explains what went on behind the scenes and the logistics around giving over 1,000 people access to Bitcoin. For Jayson, the most important piece is ensuring Bitcoin is tied to a pursuit of social change and improving their community, uplifting people along the way. Our wide-ranging conversation also touches on the problems with governmental power at the moment, why Bitcoin is fundamentally American, and how other cities in Missouri are reacting to Jayson’s idea. Tune in to hear it all!

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