Author Topic: Bitcoin in 2019: Are we still libertarians, cypherpunks, and crypto-anarchists?  (Read 4 times)

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In 2009, much of the cryptocurrency community was composed of libertarians, cypherpunks, and crypto-anarchists. They tended to be anti-authoritarian and distrustful of existing financial, economic, and political institutions. It's very likely that Satoshi Nakamoto himself had such beliefs.

It's been 10 years since and a lot has changed in the meantime. Now we live in a world where everyone recognizes the word "Bitcoin". In fact, the phrase "buy bitcoin" was one of the most searched terms of 2017.

In light of such developments, do you think this is still the case today? Are we still a group of anti-establishment hacker types like Hal Finney and Nick Szabo who can trace their roots to the original cypherpunk communities of the 80s and 90s? Or has the inclusion of other groups such as social democrats, neoliberals, conservatives, and the alt-right diluted the original intentions behind Bitcoin?

In other words, did we lose our ideology by going mainstream?