Bitcoin is run by grassroots movements, not lobbyists!
One of the biggest reasons Bitcoin has such an active base is that it evolved from grassroots movements. In this article I cover why this is important and what you can do in the future to help Bitcoin
The premise for this article was a statement in Simply Bitcoin’s latest episode. Nico, one of the hosts, mentioned how Bitcoin is not functioning top-down, but bottom-up.
This sparked an idea in my head. A lot of Bitcoin’s attention is focused on its relationship to the US dollar. Some maxis might tell you how this doesn’t matter, as 1 BTC equals 1 BTC. But for now, let’s think like a newbie.
They will compare Bitcoin to the US dollar. After all, if you buy at 10K and the price shoots up to 50K, you end up with a massive return of 5x. Therefore the intent to get on board with Bitcoin is finance related. Which is fine. Most of us were introduced to some financial transactions. Whether that was to buy drugs online or pay in Bitcoin to get into specific events.
The thing with it, once you’re down the rabbit hole you end up digging deeper and feel like you never get out of it. Which is one of many features and not bugs in the Bitcoin ecosystem. The movement behind Bitcoin is a grassroots one. Meaning, there is no CEO or institution in the middle. Other than what you usually see in traditional institutions. They’re run from the top, down.
As you’re deep down the Bitcoin rabbit hole, you end up looking for local Bitcoin events. People either sign up through sites like Eventbrite or Meetup and quickly realize how many local communities there are. From my perspective, this is the best way to get into Bitcoin.
This is an important step, as Bitcoin is very badly portrayed in the mainstream media. I wrote about this in another article. However, once you’re actually at one of these meetups, you’ll end up seeing how there are not psychos or extremists in Bitcoin, but regular people who’re interested in finding better savings solutions, than the ones currently offered at their local bank branch.
Which is the essential point of Bitcoin. There is no need for everyone to get on board. The community is not attached to a company. You don’t need to be part of that local community. If you don’t like the way people talk or engage in one particular community, you can move to another.
This is where the idea of citadels came from. The official definition of a citadel is the core fortified area of a town or city. This can be a castle, square or bigger building. In the Bitcoin ecosystem, a citadel is an enclosed community with its own rules. Some of them are more open to newbies or welcome new faces, others are a bit more closed.
However, all of them share a vision of small communities thriving together. Which is an essential part of any grassroots movement. There are many different communities, but they all operate towards one goal.
This is the main reason, why the establishment is so immensely against decentralized networks. They allow a group of individuals to organize themselves and be completely independent of any outside influence. Which, if you ask existing citadels these days is the main reason to be a member of such movements.
That goes hand in hand with the ideas behind Bitcoin. There is no middleman or any influence by central authorities. A user can control his finances. He can become part of the network by running a node or even starting mining. He’s not just an account owner, but part of it all.
Such highly contained communities are the main reason why it is harder to get into Bitcoin. Again, this is done intentionally. If you’re able to join a club by learning the answers to the entrance test, you’ll never end up understanding the underlying functionalities of such organizations.
With citadels, you have to dig deep and understand every aspect of its foundation. This results in a wider understanding and deeper debates about many topics. Something you see every day in Bitcoin citadels. People with different backgrounds and ideas come into the group and discuss them.
If there is one thing we need these days, it’s proper debates and a way to conclude, without throwing insults into the mix. This enables an open and self-sustaining market. One that doesn’t have a fixed narrative and the ability for everyone to take part in.
Therefore, if you haven’t yet been at a local meet-up or have never been at a grassroots event, take it upon yourself and go there. Find out if these ideas are worth digging into.