Payment processors are known for being a thorn on the side of any collective that doesn’t tow the line of globo-homo gayplex. Libertarians, who defend the rights of corporations to clamp down against free speech with the ability to defund and deplatform anyone they don’t like, have nothing to fear. For the rest of us, it is a challenge to overcome. No alternative will be allowed to rise too strong before these corporations mobilize the state and legal system to shut it down, and the media to isolate and discredit it. The latest casualty of this that comes to mind is from The Right Stuff, a podcast site that does right-wing commentary, recently lost its payment processor, and this is not the first payment processor to do this to them. There is little reason to think that this will stop here and now. As time goes on, the boot of these corporations will increasingly stomp on the necks of anyone they find problematic until the blood stops circulating.
At this point, anyone who’s been around the internet has likely heard about crypto- currency. Magical internet money that is resistant to censorship. It’s easy to be discouraged by it if you are not familiar with the technology. This is especially true if you’re not familiar with computers and cryptography, which are subjects not everyone can really be expected to understand in depth without a lot of time and effort invested into research and maybe even working with the subject.
The purpose of this mini-guide is to give an introduction level understanding of crypto- currency, enough to own BitCoin safely, and be able to purchase from services that accept BitCoin. This includes a basic level understanding of how to use BitCoin anonymously, to the best of one’s ability, for the purpose of political dissidence or otherwise to support someone or a cause without exposing you to the dangers of being doxed. The focus will be to be brief and concise, to make getting started quickly and relatively easy after reading this article. The general idea is the same across most crypto-currencies, but BitCoin will be the focus due to the social proof it has.
How to Setup BitCoin
First, what do you store BitCoin 'in'? This is called a BitCoin wallet, but it might be easier to think of it like a debit card. You don’t store cash in your debit card. Rather, the value of your account is stored at a bank, and your card is one of the keys. The other part is any passwords you may have, such as a PIN number. In a similar vein, a BitCoin wallet actually is a part of a key to your BitCoin transaction history, which represents how much BitCoin you own to that account. Instead of storing cash at a bank, BitCoins are calculated solutions to math verified by other computers online in a very complex system known as the blockchain. BitCoin can’t be faked, as some might be concerned, because you cannot force 1 + 1 to equal anything but 2. The only way something can be ‘faked’ is by straight up stealing your wallet, or card, which is not a forgery but thievery. This is a gross simplification, but hopefully presents the idea.
There are multiple ways to own a BitCoin wallet. Here are the main ones, sorted by what may be considered best to worst for the purpose of security and flexibility:
Hardware wallets are physical devices that carry your crypto-currency’s account data. They typically do not store actual values, but just the information needed to approve transactions. These are typically the most secure because they often are designed to keep your private account data on the device itself. They are also most flexible since they often let you have multiple accounts (even multiple crypto-currency types) on a single device. However, they can be a little pricey, depending on the device you get. The main two brands I have seen are Trezor and Ledger. It is worth the investment to pick higher up model devices out if you intend on holding BitCoins. Often, these devices give you a series of words that serve as your backup code. If you lose your device, you can use a seed phrase to generate the private key that enables you to send money. This whole process is done without any need to have your code stored online. You should take every measure possible to ensure the safety and secrecy of the backup code, as it is effectively your true key to your BitCoin. Lastly, you should make sure to order a new hardware wallet and not a used one and ideally, order from the official site to ensure you get a legit device that hasn't been tampered with.
A desktop wallet is run from your computer and stored on your hard drive. It’s fairly simple as a concept and many applications exist to generate and work with these. If you ever have a hard drive failure or some other major technical issues, you risk losing access to your funds. Malware may also be able to intercept and fetch it if security is poor. Wasabi is a client that routes traffic through Tor and interfaces with some hardware wallets, but may be a bit advanced for a newcomer. It is also worth encrypting folders or drives that may have your BitCoin information stored on.
A mobile app for Android or iOS. I wouldn’t recommend this much. There is one exception, and that’s using an app to interface with a hardware wallet that your device can plug into. This way, you can use your hardware wallet’s securely on the go, and if you lose your mobile device, you won’t necessarily lose your BitCoins. Mycellium should get the job done as a simple Wallet manager, and can interact with some of the biggest hardware wallets.
Less common now, and probably best treated as a quick and disposable wallet. Paper wallets today often come from BitCoin ATMs or even printable from websites (see below), and not necessarily safe for long term use. There are nuances that may leave you at risk of losing the content of the wallet, too. Generally, you should avoid these, and never use it as a permanent wallet.
A website like Coinbase assigns you a wallet and account and hold the data on their servers. They own the private key and can take it at any time. Just don’t bother. This should be treated as the least safe option in every way.
Personally, my setup is the following and wasn’t too hard to set up from instructions:
- Trezor T hardware wallet It is a more expensive model than the Trezor One, but it supports many currencies, connects via USB-C which lets me connect to my tablet or PC, has a web browser interface, and has a touch screen to interact with for inputting sensitive data such as pins or passwords. You can also make more wallets than you will probably ever need to on one device. The device comes with a cable to plug into a normal USB slot, so you don’t have to worry about that.
- Android with Mycellium I haven’t checked out other BitCoin apps on Android, but Mycellium is decent and supports Trezor. With a USB-C connector, you can connect the T to it and view your currency and transactions at any time. Approving to send BitCoin to another user requires the Trezor to be plugged in, as all private data is not stored on the Android device itself. A custom, un-Googled Android device helps too, but that’s a whole book of things to explain and not relevant here. Note that you need a double-sided USB- C cable to do this.
How to Use BitCoin
The specific way you use BitCoin varies on what setup you go with. Generally though, you have a public key that is effectively a bank account. If you want to accept BitCoin, you give a person your public key, and then BitCoin appears in your account.
Sending BitCoin is a little more involved, but simple to understand. To send BitCoins, you obtain the other person’s public key, and use some sort of program that can post to the blockchain for it to be confirmed. A transaction will enter a state similar to a bank’s “pending” state. It will take a various amount of time, usually from hours to days, for the transaction to be confirmed by the blockchain and for the other person to officially “receive” the BitCoin value.
Additionally, a transaction fee usually is applied which goes to the computers that calculate and confirm your transaction, which are the BitCoin miners. The fees would be nightmarish to calculate and keep track of, but many services offer doing this automatically. Trezor, for example, will calculate your transaction fee before you approve. It also offers faster rates, letting you pay a higher fee to the miners in exchange for it getting confirmed faster.
One last note: BitCoin can be considered a commodity, like oil or precious metals. Their value in a sovereign currency like Euros or US Dollars fluctuates. BitCoin in particular is historically known for swings. This should be kept in mind when paying someone in BitCoin using such a currency as the basis. Some trackers may have slightly more or less USD value than others, and you should verify you're paying what's being requested, ideally in its BitCoin amount rather than another currency.
Anonymity and Warnings
It is important to note, especially in the case of political dissidence, that BitCoin is not inherently anonymous. The blockchain that confirms transactions are public for the sake of decentralization and allowing anyone to mine, which is what allows BitCoin to resist take-down and censorship. As a result, addresses and their values are possible to track by a user who may have access to corporations and outlets that collect information on their users. Most these organizations in the US will be compliant with Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) restrictions, especially if you try to cash out.
An example of a case that calls to question how this can happen is the case of the Daily Stormer’s BitCoin donation address. In 2017, BitCoin transaction handler Coinbase seized accounts for BitCoin addresses sending to Daily Stormer, refusing to cash out or push transactions into the blockchain. Coinbase also requires verified ID to withdraw currency. If a service like Coinbase chooses to, it can enact free market tyranny by handing your identification to the ADL or other hostile organizations to take further action. Open attacks and attempts to de-anonymize and defund pro-White advocates have been made and will likely get worse. These aren’t meant to discourage using crypto to support pro-White advocates. These notes are mostly here so you can take precautions and not get screwed over.
- Knowing a Guy The simplest thing is to have someone you trust exchange currencies for you. Naturally, care should be taken here. Some services allowed for exchanging face to face with other people, but strangers are always a risk.
- BitCoin ATM ATMs have started popping up in some areas. They often have fees, and some will require ID for high value transactions, but they may print a paper wallet with your given value that you can sweep into a more permanent wallet that you control. You can find BitCoin ATMs using a service like Coin ATM Radar.
- BitCoin Mixer Services Some services exist that will take BitCoins you send, mix them into a pile, and then send equivilant value back. The purpose is to mesh your BitCoin transactions with other peoples' BitCoins, obfusicating some of your tracked history. My Crypto Mixer is one such service that does this. Be sure to do research before picking a mixer, as a malicious mixer may swindle users' coins.
- Prepaid Cards If you are buying to send BitCoin, the typical grocery store prepaid card should be usable for buying from services that don't demand personal ID.
- P2P Exchanges Some programs and services offer the ability to do direct peer-to-peer (P2P) exchanges, such as Hodl Hodl or Bisq.
- Using new addresses BitCoin wallet addresses can be generated easily. You can create unique ones for certain transactions and even scrap them afterwards. This can make following breadcrumbs of where you direct BitCoins to less clear. This mostly works if you're not taking BitCoin under a public name or business, and have taken opsec measures.
Crypto-currency has a lot of details going on under the hood. I’ve explained a little bit above, and there’s far more in-depth explanations online, as well as more clear instructions on whatever specific tools you use to work with BitCoin. There are also many other crypto- currencies aside from BitCoin (note: BitCoin Cash is not BitCoin) that I haven’t covered. If you want the quick rundown, here’s the gist:
- Get a BitCoin wallet, highly preferable to get a hardware wallet from a trusted brand like Trezor or Ledger. Don’t cheap out.
- Your public key is the id people need to send you BitCoin. You need another person’s public key to send BitCoin to them.
- Transactions have a fee applied to them, and take time before the transaction is confirmed and goes through to the recipient. Use a good service (likely one that comes with your hardware wallet) that should have fee calculations automatic.
- BitCoin prices fluctuate and is treated like an asset. Exact monetary value may swing a lot.
- Understand BitCoin is not anonymous, that anti-White corporations will attempt to shut down your transactions and rob you, and you must take time for good opsec.
If you just want to copy my setup: I use a Trezor T to use with any PC, and an Android tablet (de-Googled firmware) with Mycellium and a two-sided USB-C cable so Trezor can communicate with it in case I don’t have a PC on hand. It should serve as good combination for security and flexibility.
I hope this rundown gives you a good enough grasp on getting started with BitCoin and crypto-currency. As payment processors and banks increasingly push their boot on the necks of pro-White advocates, any and every measure possible should be enacted to get by. Be sure to spit on these financial oppressors on the way out.