PODCAST: Josh Brown on Why Bitcoin Is Like the 1800s Railroad Boom

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That's the analogy Brown sees with the bitcoin bubble of 2017, as explained in a recent episode of Bitcoin Macro, a pop-up podcast series featuring speakers from CoinDesk's upcoming Invest: NYC conference on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

No longer written off as some ignorable niche, increasingly people are asking: Is bitcoin a macro asset? Is it a safe-haven asset? How will it perform in the next recession?

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What can we say about bitcoin that's even close to being comparable? In the month of October, I think it's a world record of people around the world involved in various protests, whether we're talking about Santiago, or we're talking about what's going on in Hong Kong.

If we're worried about disinflation and we say that maybe people, if they're scared of their own currency, there'll be this huge rush into bitcoin.

So I would love to be able to answer in the affirmative and say, "Yes, bitcoin has now taken its place among the Pantheon of asset classes that people can use to express a macro view." But it just isn't, there's no evidence for that.

This is a fact, and then if we're saying, "Well, people are going to use bitcoin when they want to get out of the denomination of whatever their country is", or the jurisdiction.

So I know people don't have that much patience to wait 160 years to see their dreams come true, but I'm just pointing out, after the railroad bubble, there were probably a lot of people running around saying, "You see, it's all stupid." No, it wasn't all stupid.

Most of the people looking at this poster were like, "What the hell does that mean?" But some people know.

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