Ambassador interview: Christoph Heuermann

 

Part three of our interview series with Bitnation’s international ambassadors, this time with Christoph Heuermann.

 

Erik: Hey Christoph, tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and what has caught your interest in crypto technology and liberty?

 

Christoph: Hi Erik! I was born in Westphalia, Herford, and got my Political Science degree in Constance, right next to the beautiful Lake Constance, but I prefer to spend my time in other coutnries than Germany. Therefore, I’m currently travelling all the way through Central America, having a good time on Isla Holbox, Mexico. Travelling is my path to freedom – I don’t believe in political or social group efforts to change society for the better.

Freedom is something personal and has a different definition for everyone, which is why one can only really achieve it on his own. Crypto technologies are really exciting as they allow every individual to enhance your personal freedom tremendously, without being dependent on centralized institutions. Blockchain services could become of great importance in the future for perpetual travellers like me. Read more about this and my new book (in German) on http://staatenlos.ch.

 

Erik: How did you get in touch with Bitnation for the very first time? What motivated you to become a Bitnation ambassador?

 

Christoph: I got to know about Bitnation for the very first time when I ran into my dear colleague Janina Lowisz AKA Blockchain Girl. After having owned and studied Bitcoin for some time, I tried to get more involved and gained more contacts in the Bitcoin scene. The idea inspired me immediately. I was a big fan of SeaSteading before – one of the other ways to create new states, which I still support. It could be combined with Bitnation in a wonderful way.

Bitnation became a real deal for me when I started to look deeper into it for my Bachelor Thesis. I’ve been searching for a topic for quite some time, until I suddenly remembered a book I’ve read before (Anarchy Unbound by Peter Leeson) and started to use it on the Bitcoin Blockchain. I’ve delved deeper into the fascinating Blockchain world and started contacting some Bitnation enthusiasts, started expressing my excitement through articles and automatically turned into a Bitnation ambassador. Bitnation is nothing less than a revolution – I’m happy to be a part of this!

 

Erik: You mentioned travelling as a path to freedom – What about those who do not enjoy the luxury of free movement, e.g. owners of “bad passports” ? (Passports with which you cannot visit any or most of the countries in the world)

 

Christoph: First of all, we need to remember that passports are a quite young invention. Just 100 years ago, around the breakout of the first World War, one could move freely around the world without having to worry about national entry requirements. Passports are by no means necessary. Unfortunately, today’s world is different and the global apartheid condemns millions of people to stay in their impoverished home countries.

Open borders are a crucial requirement of a free society, but not enforceable in the near future. But those suffering from bad passports still have a chance to position themselves more globally – to work for international partners through the internet, thereby earning much more than they would for domestic companies. This way, they might be able to buy new passports eventually. Expatriation is always a solution, even if it costs alot and has to go through several stages.

Admittedly, my hopes rest in the Bitnation platform, which possibly provides everyone in the world with a unique ID on the blockchain, which might eventually be recognized as official travel document by governments.

 

Erik: What inspired you to write a book?

 

Christoph: Writing has always been my passion. I’ve been writing tons of short articles in the past, but now I wanted to pack all my ideas into one book. Since reading is another passion of mine – I read about 1,500 pages a week – all these ideas just have to bubble out. Writing is like meditation for me, and besides I get to share my knowledge and experiences with others.

Nowadays even a 24-year-old like me can publish his own books, publishing houses are obsolete. The internet rewards the best writers according to quality and vigor. Self-publishing enables me to keep my rights, to avoid being subject to stupid rules, to take sales and distribution into your own hands and, finally, to reap most of the royalties yourself.

My book is a guide on how to achieve a stateless mentality. This way, anyone can start thinking borderless and live happily – freed from all sorts of artificial boundaries. You obtain the stateless mentality by becoming aware of 15 common freedom traps. Henceforward, you will try to avoid these traps and know how to free yourself from them once you’re stuck in them again. It is quite easy to stumble upon them and remain trapped, as a Bitnation ambassador I’d like to emphasize the government trap, group trap and the utopia trap at this point. If you want to know more about what these traps actually are – get the book and glean it yourself!

 

Erik: Thanks alot for your time Christoph, we hope to hear more from you soon!

 

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Erik Vollstädt

Bitnation Lead Ambassador and Community Director. Born 1993, aspiring entrepreneur and champion of voluntary societies & private property ethics. Proponent of counter-economics and competing market currencies, such as cryptocurrencies. Represented Bitnation as Lead Ambassador since 2015 at the Riga Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Meetup, the iBGEk basic income stage discussion in Klagenfurt (Austria), the Cointelegraph Blockchain Conference in Helsinki, the Zündfunk Netzkongress in Munich, at itnig for the Barcelona Bitcoin Community during the Mobile World Congress 2017 and at the Bitnation DevCon 2017 in Amsterdam. Author of the Bitnation blog. Media appearances include Shift (Deutsche Welle), Der Fehlende Part (RT Germany) and Zündfunk (BR2). Coordinates Bitnation's ambassador network globally and organizes meetups all over Europe. Graduated in Business Innovation & Technology Management (M.Sc.) in Girona (Catalunya, Spain). Wants to live an international lifestyle.

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