The Bitcoin Generation – Irish Tech News

Written by Nick Ayton

As the song goes “everyone is trying to keep us down….”

Business, government, and society have a big issue: it’s called ‘The Bitcoin Generation’. Bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency, decentralization is more than a technology, it is a global movement! It is a structural change to not only commerce but how the resources of our planet will ultimately be shared out. It matters and it will change things, it may even save mankind.

There was an uprising similar to Bitcoin the 1960’s in London (a movement) where the average working man on the street, the young and disintermediated, pushed back. They spoke out as individuals and no longer wanted to conform or be suppressed as part of an obedient crowd. This was a break-out because the UK was stuck in a post-war grey period, a dull society where the powerful liked it that way and social norms encouraged conformist behavior as sheep. This young generation spawned the Beatles, The Who, David Bailey, Twiggy, Vidal Sassoon and Mary Quant – the mother of the mini-skirt suddenly developed a voice. They were part of a liberating movement, an emerging culture that encouraged people to express themselves and they did, and there was nothing the establishment could do about it.

In the sixties, people were tired of the stiff society of their parents who lived through the scarcity of the war years and whose own parents brought them up with draconian Victorian attitudes that forced people to suppress their feelings and encouraged the people to blindly follow the rules without question. This retentive society spawned a new generation who saw the opportunity to make their own way in the world, to break free and not have to follow the rules of the past. Rules decided by the hierarchy of a class system where the ‘establishment’ designed the politics of the time to retain control and limit democracy, just enough to extract more from the people to stockpile wealth.

A decentralized freedom awaits…

The sixties movement was driven by people who wanted to gain control over their lives, make their own decisions, however, the establishment at the time didn’t stand back, it tried to constrain and even quash it. Early adopters vocally expressing new freedoms were arrested and imprisoned, mostly musicians for living a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and maybe just a little for smashing up hotels and taking large amounts of drugs. But the shackles were off and people loved it. Soon to be conjoined in the US where people were demonstrating against injustice, voicing concerns about the Vietnam war and what emerged was a range of fringe movements, ‘flower power’ and free love made easier by the Pill that liberated women to control their sexuality. It was all going on and this is where we are are heading all over again as the people wake up to new freedoms and a future where they have a larger say in how their lives play out…

The parallels between the 1960’s revolution and Bitcoin are uncanny. Bitcoin is again encouraging the ‘permissive society’ fuelled by the underlying decentralized blockchain tech, and led by new heroes who have emerged with rock-star-like profiles led by Vitalik Buterin, Roger Ver, Andreas Antonopolous, Eric Vorhees and many others, pioneers with a voice who are pushing this community forward and cannot be silenced… The revolution is becoming louder as people from all over the globe discover that joining the Bitcoin movement offers new freedoms to control their own finances, their identities and take back control.

Nobody wants a centralized surveillance-based society that is watching your every move, telling you what to wear, how to behave and having control over you. Society is a construct. Play by rules and you will be looked after is a lie! An illusion set by the capitalist few that benefit from keeping the people off balance. And they will argue that someone has to make the decisions, take control and enforce law, as order is necessary, which few would deny. But now they fear the advent of decentralized technology delivering the opportunity to create new models of governance, of decision making and consensus without them. A system that has trust and transparency built in. We are entering a new era that will decide how society will be run and who makes the decisions as what we have today isn’t working.

The sixties set the benchmark for Bitcoin

As a sixties child, I was aware of this loud revolution, the music, the fashion and the different way of thinking, and yes, I hated the Beatles’ and Elvis’ music and still do. But they played their part. It was The Time in the 20th Century to be alive, to be involved, to make your mark as the London scene demonstrated. Even the FBI and MI5 perceived this as an infection as something they had to deal with. A new liberalism, a new permissiveness was sweeping the western world as society broke with post-war years and the young started to shape the world we have…
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