Bob Murphy & Rob Viglione – The Tatiana Show Ep. 152

Topics include:

  • New branding for Zencash, now Horizen
  • The upcoming Contra Cruise, October 21-28
  • Universal basic income, pros and cons
  • P3D,, and FOMO3D

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In this episode, entrepreneur Rob Viglione discusses new branding for his company, Horizen (formerly Zencash). The coin name and ticker remains “ZEN,” and users of zencash don’t need to change anything! The new branding reflects their broader vision to build a full digital economy, including investments, new wallets, and liquid democracy with an on-chain voting system. See their website and exciting new projects at

Next, we feature Bob Murphy, an economist at Texas Tech University, the Institute for Energy Research, the Fraser Institute, and The Independent Institute. He’s also a co-host of Contra Krugman, a weekly podcast in which he addresses The New York Times economist Paul Krugman.  

Relatedly, I’ll be joining Bob Murphy on the upcoming Contra Cruise, October 21-28, sailing from San Diego along the Mexican coast with like-minded libertarians, economists, and fun people. At various stops, people can enjoy beaches and touring local cities. While sailing, the cruise features sessions in the morning on history, economics, and more.  

Bob Murphy discusses how he became interested in cryptocurrency and how he brought his knowledge of monetary theory to understanding the new technology, eventually releasing a book online, Understanding Bitcoin.

I also recently did an episode of The Tatiana Show on P3D,, and FOMO3D.

Bob assesses their models along with ideas about universal basic income and existing solutions to certain economic problems, such as Sam’s Club. Do you think P3D or similar projects represent brilliant new economic models? Do you support a universal basic income policy? Comment below or ping me on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Guests:

Robert Murphy is a research assistant professor at the Free Market Institute.

Dr. Murphy earned his B.A. in economics from Hillsdale College and his Ph.D. in economics from New York University. Prior to joining Texas Tech University, he was a visiting assistant professor at Hillsdale College, a visiting scholar at New York University, a research analyst at Laffer Associates, and a senior fellow with the Pacific Research Institute.

He is currently Senior Economist at the Institute for Energy Research, where he writes a frequent column on the economics of climate change. Dr. Murphy also serves as a senior fellow with the Fraser Institute, an associated scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and a research fellow at the Independent Institute.

He has authored numerous scholarly articles and energy policy studies, over 100 popular publications for lay audiences, and multiple books. His most recent book is Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Institute, 2015).

He and best-selling author Tom Woods also host a weekly podcast, Contra Krugman, in which they critique the New York Times column of economist Paul Krugman from alternative economic perspectives.

Rob Viglione is co-founder of ZenCash, a decentralized blockchain-based platform for private transactions, communication, and document publishing. He’s also a Board advisor for ETHlend and HeroEngine World. As a PhD candidate in finance, Viglione is an expert in crypto-finance, asset pricing, and crypto-related innovations, and teaches university courses about Bitcoin and blockchain applications.

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