Bitcoin doesn’t care about politics or your feelings
Bitcoin is permissionless and doesn't have to ask anyone what it wants to do. I covered why certain enthusiasts need to embrace this more and value all possible opinions in the space.
I know what you’re thinking, is that the title of the article? The answer is YES! This topic is close to my heart, and many people don’t like to talk about it.
One of the biggest advantages of Bitcoin is how apolitical it is. It’s not a left or right-wing ideology. Even though mainstream media want you to think it is leaning more right. Which one might say in today’s climate. Twenty years from now, Bitcoin might be a left-leaning ideology. At least in the eyes of unknowing journalists.
The truth is, this is not true because Bitcoin is permissionless. Everyone can join the network. Either by downloading a wallet - please use a non-custodial one, anything else is an IOU, aka paper Bitcoin - running your full node or becoming a miner. Whatever suits you and your interest is the best way to get into Bitcoin.
Once you understand the basics, you’ll eager to find out more. You find the ever-so-famous rabbit hole. A funny place, as you won’t be able to hold back and dig down the hole. Time will become relative as you won’t be able to stop. Along the way, you’ll realize how powerful Bitcoin truly is and that there is no central authority to ask. The only thing you got to make sure of is to play along the consensus rules.
This is a journey most Bitcoin maximalists took and continue to take each day. They’re there because they realized how Bitcoin fixes almost everything. I say almost, as there are still some things we need to improve, but that’s why we show up every day.
The devil lies in the details: We live in a Bitcoin bubble!
Like everything else, Bitcoin exists in a bubble. This is something we maximalists often forget. There are still a lot of people out there who don’t know what Bitcoin is. They don’t understand how money works and how the old FIAT ways have destroyed the economy. They don’t know how energy markets function. These topics are ones you find answers to deep down in the rabbit hole.
One thing you do pick up throughout that journey is the topic of free speech and how Bitcoin is apolitical. We still don’t know who Satoshi Nakamoto was and if there were political ambitions in the back of his head when he wrote the whitepaper. One thing was certain, he created an open ledger without gatekeepers.
These are values you often find in libertarian circles. Which was a strong base, back when Bitcoin launched. A lot of people adopted the libertarian mindset and were introduced to the Austrian school of economics through it all. This base is still very much present. Whenever you first engage with maxis, most of them tell you to read about the Austrian school of economics.
Which is the reason I want to write about this topic. I’m a fan of Austrian economics, but I always thought to myself, what do we do with all the maxis who’re not into this economic theory?
What about all the other maximalists with different opinions?
If you take a step back and evaluate Bitcoin’s progress, you’ll end up with different bases. Long gone are the days were only cyberpunks or libertarians would use it. Today you find a mix of different opinions. From hardcore socialists to progressives or liberals.
In recent years you also saw an emergence in climate Bitcoiners. Which to me are some of the most important in today’s political climate, where a lot of FUD is controlling the narrative. If we want to unite people and convince them how much Bitcoin can change, we must also address their questions. As a fellow energy enthusiast, I find the topic at hand with renewable energy sources and Bitcoin mining fascinating.
However, not every maxi shares this enthusiasm. Not every maxi, and I’m especially talking about the loudest ones on Twitter, are embracing these new waves of interest. It’s often the free-speech-shouting maxi who’s quick to judge and not embracing different opinions. One could say they want to cancel opposing views.
Bitcoin is permissionless, a point all of us should embrace more!
Just to clarify, I’m not defending any political views here. There are just as many negative points on both sides. The point I want to make is why should we care?! Bitcoin was built to remove third parties or central institutions. It doesn’t care what your background is, where you come from, or which party you support.
I know this is not a problem we’re able to solve with a few blog articles. If you’re active in online communities, you would see the daily struggles of people trying to explain this very problem.
But, if there is one thing I learned in this community, people can be humble. Most of us know that there are a lot of things wrong with this world. Things we know Bitcoin can fix. So instead of being offended next time and trying to get into fight mode, which is something we humans do instantly, try and listen to what the other side has to offer. If you don’t agree, be positive and try to explain your point. We as a society only advance if we agree to disagree and let all of the different viewpoints into our lives.
People need Bitcoin; most of them just don’t know yet how to access it or are turned off because they see these unnecessary debates. If we settle and accept everyone for who they are and what they bring to the table, Bitcoin will thrive and lay the groundwork for a brighter tomorrow. One in which everyone can build the future to their liking and one where no one has to ask anyone what they think or believe in.
With that in mind, have fun with your debates, and don’t forget: Bitcoin doesn’t care!