Stacy Herbert, Max Keiser Bitcoin Lifestyle
Stacy Herbert met Max Keiser in a French web café in 2003. To that time, her media profession had been primarily spent behind the scenes as a script advisor and “development girl” in Hollywood and the tales Keiser was telling her about banking and finance, in addition to the vitality with which this former Manhattan-based standup comic regaled her, impressed her to hitch forces with him.
“I’ve always been the intermediary between the audience and the talent, the movie stars, the TV stars, the comedic writers and stuff like that,” Herbert informed Bitcoin Magazine. “Our conversations there were like, how to get the stories Max is telling me onto the screen, how to get it onto a podcast, back in 2003, before there were really podcasts.”
Since then, the pair has produced tv content material for the BBC and BBC World (a platform Herbert referred to as “very oppressive,” but in addition the one which first introduced her in entrance of the digicam with Keiser), Al-Jazeera, the Iranian state-owned information community Press TV and Russian state-controlled community RT. This content material has all the time pertained to the monetary world, framing Wall Street banks because the antagonists and the system as rigged towards the bulk, but it surely wasn’t till Bitcoin got here alongside that the pair discovered their protagonist, their “superhero,” as Herbert described it.
Bitcoin’s First Couple
In addition to working collectively, Herbert and Keiser are married. Anecdotally, I’ve not often seen one with out the opposite sharing a stage or shut by. Keiser is definitely the extra colourful character of the 2 (he was referred to as “crypto Willy Wonka” by “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah after a manically-energetic look at Bitcoin 2021), whereas Herbert considers herself his “operating system” (she was the one to substantiate our interview appointment and seize Keiser when it was scheduled to start).
“I always think of our relationship as a gang of two,” Keiser informed Bitcoin Magazine. “It’s a very small gang, there’s only two people in the gang, but that’s how we approach our work and our life. We’re out there traveling the world, pushing the Bitcoin maximalist message and we look out for each other, as gang members do, and we trust eachother like we’re in the gang. We have an oath that we took, called ‘marriage,’ like you find in a gang, and we love the gang lifestyle.”
Today, along with RT’s “The Keiser Report” and different tasks, the couple produce the “Orange Pill Podcast,” which simply reached its one-year anniversary and receives 500,000 to 1 million downloads and views per thirty days, according to Herbert. I spoke with them as they ready for the Phoenix, AZ leg of their “F*ck Elon Tour,” dwell nights of Herbert interviewing Bitcoin thought leaders and Keiser performing standup routines wherein he impersonates central bankers in skimpy clothes.
Since taking part within the first-ever Bitcoin convention in 2011, Keiser has turn out to be Bitcoin’s most reliably-outrageous maximalist, somebody who can elevate the vitality in a room like few others who’ve as a lot information and dedication to what’s finally an open-source software program mission.
“I’m just channeling the energy of the audience and the audience wants to release, the audience wants to have kind of a Bitcoin orgasm and I can feel it in the air,” Keiser explains of his dwell stage persona. “And I’m assisting in their, essentially in their coming, simultaneously with this massive Bitcoin orgasm. I’m just there to help that orgasm happen, so I can just feel it in the air and let it happen.”
Herbert stated that her course of is extra research-focused and centered on juxtaposing worldwide headlines with historic priority, and he or she definitely appears to focus Keiser’s messages after they share a platform.
Between the 2 of them, it’s clear that their media merchandise are impacting people across the globe. As Alex Gladstein just lately reported for Bitcoin Magazine, the “Keiser Report” serves as a “Trojan horse of sorts, reaching a large number of Cubans and Venezuelans through state programming and onboarding them into the new Bitcoin economy.”
Living The Bitcoin Lifestyle
In some ways, the couple supply a residing definition of the Bitcoin life-style — touring the world, frequently speaking about and actively making an attempt to transform others to Bitcoin adoption, and primarily viewing each part of life by the lens of this transformative expertise. Promoting that life-style seems to be the widespread thread by their podcast, broadcast work and dwell productions, and so they’re optimistic about its energy as a cultural pressure.
“We’re at a point where the Bitcoin lifestyle becomes more the dominant zeitgeist,” Keiser stated. “We’ve lived through several periods of cultural revolution. I’ve been through a few, the internet and the ’90s was a cultural revolution… And then, going back to the ’60s, of course… I think Bitcoin is this next and best, final and ultimately the winner in terms of preserving that freedom revolution that we’ve experienced a few times before.”
With their distinctive mixture of outrageous and informative content material, supply of anti-fiat messages on state-sponsored platforms, and status as broadcast journalists obsessive about Bitcoin memes, Herbert and Keiser appear to embody the present state of hyperbitcoinization — the method by which Bitcoin grows into the world’s worth system. Some might foresee this course of as one which ends with Bitcoiners holed up in fortified citadels because the fiat-based world round them crumbles. But Herbert sees the method involving adoption by the powers that be because the fiat world steadily declines and Bitcoin permits extra egalitarianism.
“It’s going to be through orange pilling those powers because because hyperbitcoinization is happening right now, it’s in El Salvador, it’s in the ‘Orange Pill Podcast’ Telegram group,” she stated. “You saw it at Bitcoin 2021, when somebody like Chamath [Palihapitiya] who’s a billionaire comes in and says, ‘Hey, I’m a billionaire, I know what I’m talking about, listen to me.’ And the plebs go ‘fuck you’ and he’s off the stage. That’s remarkable.”
Keiser, as all the time, was a bit extra cosmic when discussing his imaginative and prescient for the Bitcoin future.
“Every block syncs up everything that’s ever happening in the past and gives us the possibility of there being a mysterious future, because you never know where the difficulty adjustment’s going to land,” he stated. “So, everything before us is mysterious, everything behind us is completely on the blockchain and unchangeable. And that gives us the ability to exist in the ever-present now, the infinite now. And now we’re entering that gravity well, we’ve crossed over the Bitcoin singularity, we’re heading now to that point of the face of God, as I like to call it. We’re about to find out why we’re here and that’s incredibly interesting.”
It is probably not sure precisely how hyperbitcoinization will proceed to unfold. But because it does, you’ll be able to depend on Herbert and Keiser to steer the march, holding arms the entire manner.