What philosophical orientations have large representation in the community?


Looking at objections and supportive comments about block rewards funding, I see libertarian and socialist orientations coming through.

Still, we all will tend adopt our own mix of different ideas together. Nonetheless, this difference as seen in the discussions around block rewards seems fairly great and poses many challenges to designing sustainable funding.

What philosophical orientations do you see in the community?

Which issues bring these orientations out (I’ll list a few here, we know them all LOL).

  • The question of state modification after the DAO incident
  • The question of fund recovery
  • Ethereum Foundation governance
  • Core Devs decision-making process
  • Issues with private meetings of important groups
  • Issues with crypto oligarchy and holders of BTC and ETH
  • Issues with investors or business-oriented players
  • Issues with highly-skilled, technocratic oligarchy
  • Sustainable open source

What philosophical orientations do you see in the community?


This is slightly tangential but I’ve been working on a piece on the “core tensions” in the Ethereum community today. Here’s what I’ve got so far. This needs a little cleaning up as there is some overlap:

  • “War” vs “peace” - tribalism vs. inclusivity

  • Moving fast and breaking things, more innovation vs. more stability

  • Ether as a SoV, favoring existing investors/old-timers vs. ensuring a more level playing field for newcomers via e.g. more inflation

  • Autonocrats vs. anthropocrats, Szabo’s law, governance vs. no governance, social vs. no social

  • Continuing to improve an existing platform (eth1x) vs starting over (eth2)

  • Keynesian economics or not, intervention or not to correct failures and inefficiencies eg not paying enough, “hands off” vs interventionism

  • Allowing people to express and explore half baked ideas vs requiring these ideas to be well thought out before sharing them

  • Closely related: being open about our dirty laundry and the dev process vs doing things behind closed doors

  • Seeking open input from “the community” vs a technocratic decision making process

  • “Heads down” silently do good work vs. engaging with the world, speaking up about Ethereum, about our strengths etc.

  • Writing code vs doing “other things”

  • Ethereum as a firm vs as a political entity or polity - should we try to be profitable? Charge fees? Or are they taxes?

  • Desire to keep the community together at all costs vs willingness to use a fork