This is a podcast about Bitcoin by Dean Florin Hilbay, a lawyer, professor at the UP College of Law and dean of the College of Law of Siliman University.

In This Episode

According to the video, a podcast about Bitcoin and government spending, inflation is caused by excessive government spending. Governments are incentivized to spend more money than they collect through taxes, and the gap is filled by printing more money. This printing of money weakens the value of the existing money in circulation, which is why prices rise over time (inflation).

The speaker proposes a solution: sound money. Sound money is a system where the total amount of money in circulation is predictable and cannot be easily manipulated. Bitcoin is presented as an example of sound money. Because there is a finite amount of Bitcoin that can ever be created, it is resistant to inflation.

The speaker concludes that if Bitcoin became the world reserve currency, governments would lose their power to print money and thus their ability to inflate the currency. This would force governments to be more disciplined in their spending.

The Podcaster

Florin T. Hilbay holds a degree in economics from the University of Santo Tomas, and in law from the University of the Philippines. He taught constitutional law and philosophy of law in the University of the Philippines and is the author of Unplugging the Constitution (2009). At 40, he was appointed Solicitor General of the Philippines. As Solgen, he represented the country in the arbitration over the West Philippine Sea in Philippines vs. China. He now serves as Dean of the College of Law of Silliman University, where he teaches a course on Money and State.

Book Review

“Hilbay’s book is a blueprint for a different kind of future, where the world operates on one digital currency standard, beyond the control of any one country or alliance of countries, where the most valuable and technologically advanced money is something that will be accessible to anyone: a refugee or a billionaire, equally. Where foreign lenders and dictators cannot simply ‘devalue’ a local currency to crack the whip on local workers, or where an empire cannot force their currency to be the only one that energy producers accept. If everyone is on the same footing, Hilbay explains, then the world gets a whole lot more equal.”

—Alex Gladstein, Human Rights Foundation

Try a little Bitcoin

If you are in the Philippines, the easiest way to see how bitcoin works is through Pouch or CoopPay. From your bank app, you can send a few pesos to Pouch and from there you can send to a Lightning wallet. For members of your cooperatives, you can simply ask your coop for a cash-in. Then once you have pesos in your CoopPay, same process.

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