@Ren - I think enough people want it to work right now that the single biggest threat is some people in the Bitcoin community doing something completely jive to torpedo it. I remember the heady early days of the libertarian party when everybody thought this was finally the big break with the past we'd all been waiting for. Surprise! Surprise!
All it takes is one or two jerks to poison the well. I already see that happening over in the FOSS world where the stakes are perhaps even higher.
I don't know if the sudden reduction in serious governmental push-back is a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe those that would see Bitcoin gone are banking on the "fall from grace" so many new social movements too regularly suffer. If so, the odds are certainly in their favor.
Good luck Bitcoin.
Dammit... I'm into my second bottle (750 ml) of ginger ale here that I brewed with Lalvin EC-1118...
But you raise really good points, and I'll be damned if I'll let a bit of intoxication fart with a response~!
I'm not going to address any libertarian stuff though. I like this thread in the Living Room.
(I do sympathise with libertarians though.)
But dammit, I just can't resist this!https://www.facebook...ts/10152913406058188
Glenn Beck put out a post:
Who is your pick for Person of the Year? Post your pick in the comments. We'll reveal the winner tomorrow.
I know a lot of people here will hate Glenn Beck... but here's the kicker... People are SCREAMING for Larken Rose!!!
If Glenn interviews Larken, Larken will tear Glenn a new asshole. In his forehead. With a voluntaryist chainsaw. Big "V" shape there. Insert more explicit imagery here.
If you hate Glenn Beck, you'll want to see that interview, if it happens. (I kind of doubt it will though as Glenn isn't in Larken's league -- few are.)
But I think you're wrong about the comparison there. A few jerks can't spoil Bitcoin because it's decentralised, and at any time the miners can tell the Bitcoin development team to go f**k themselves.
It would take a LOT of assholes~!
There's a balance in Bitcoin that doesn't exist in other systems. You can create any code you want for Bitcoin and run it. But that doesn't mean that anyone else will do the same. One or two assholes can't poison the pie here. It takes a massive number of assholes to do it. @SeraphimLabs
should chime in. He's up on the topic, and can probably offer a different perspective.
On a personal note, I was talking with my sister on video chat tonight. She was recanting the friggin' nightmares she had to go through simply to pay for her airplane ticket to get here for Christmas. Hint:
NONE of her problems would be problems with Bitcoin.
Bitcoin is just a better way to pay people. If you've not used it, you won't understand just how much easier it is.
Bitcoin allows ANYONE to accept payments from ANYONE from ANYWHERE. This is some majorly badass wicked cool stuff! You just CANNOT do that through traditional payment systems.