"The answers you get depend on the questions you ask." -- Thomas S. Kuhn
Do NOT read the following unless you are okay with exposing yourself to the rambling brain-farts of an INFP-ish doodler. I intended to write a short blurb but it turned into a longer blurb.

Here goes:
I'm in the midst of some de-programming and outing myself as someone who has recently wandered over from the band of left-wing socialist-sympathizers (gasp!!) and stumbled into this camp of An-caps, Libertarians, and fans of free markets, who have strongly held views about economics and philosophy. You can imagine I've had to wrestle with a great deal of cognitive dissonance in the last six months.
In contrast to many early Bitcoiners, most people --due to lack of education, exposure, and/or motivation-- have not ever thoughtfully questioned the economic theories upon which our entire legacy financial system is based. This is obviously not an accident. The school system, mainstream media, and "the powers that be" are opposed to exposing the public to ideas that will potentially turn the status quo upside down. Capitalists are portrayed as being greedy. Anarchy = chaos, without further inquiry.
The tendency to appeal to authority and follow the herd is heavily ingrained in the thinking of the masses. In other news, popular music is popular! (And, your vote matters. /s)
Although the majority of bitcoins has already been mined, a redistribution to facilitate global adoption is in progress. The name of the game is to onboard as many people as possible who do not yet own Bitcoin (Cash), as quickly as possible. It's a weird sort of marathon-sprint. See: the Bitcoin Cash Fund. (And Bitcoin.com.)
We'll see much more FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) in the coming years, to discourage the complacent average Joe and Jill from investigating the reasons for the war on cash and this new form of electronic cash.
[Aside: Being "into" Bitcoin is like taking off the rose-coloured glasses. The only tv show that I sometimes watch online is sponsored by Interac Flash, and is peppered with ads for VISA. (Use your VISA card for rewards such as "cash-back", and complimentary breakfast plus late check-out at hotels! Of course, merchant fees and charge-back rates are hidden, unless you are the merchant.) During the last Christmas break, on the rare occasion that I watch a movie in a theatre, there were story-like ads for both VISA and Interac payment services. These high-budget ad campaigns are not unexpected in the context of Bitcoin encroaching upon the mindshare and investment strategies of the future early and late majority.]
The reasons for the next waves of people to adopt Bitcoin as cash will be different from the principled innovators and earliest adopters. Merchants will be motivated by profits, and their customers will be motivated by discounts (e.g. Purse.io) plus the hip "shiny new object" factor.
Millennials have already figured out that buying into the financial system that their grandparents' generation left for them is neither cool nor advantageous (unless you are already fiat-wealthy). BCH, with so much cutting-edge ecosystem development (although not according to "Corean" propaganda), is already becoming the new BTC (not literally).
I'm still struggling with imagining the future, on a national --for as long as national borders exist!-- and global level. Change is hard but inevitable. I don't think most people are ready to entertain the notion of a voluntary society with no government authority. Canadians will have very different questions from Venezuelans about the role of government in matters of the economy.
For example, what would a transition from tax-payer funded universal health care to a privately-run model look like? Who would get left behind?
How do we deal with the legacy of violence and abuse resulting from government-enacted policies such as residential schools on communities of indigenous peoples? Should the children and grandchildren born into traumatized families be expected to pull themselves out of poverty without external supports?
What would be the impact on sensitive habitats and endangered species if environmental regulations were eliminated? Would the CEOs of corporations actually take responsibility for the consequences of their actions (air pollution, oil spills, tailings ponds, etc.)?
Will the disproportionate amount of bitcoins in the hands of the earliest adopters be redistributed to an adequate degree for Bitcoin Cash to become the world's next best sound money???
The movement towards adoption of Bitcoin Cash will need to retain an open-minded and inclusive attitude when on-boarding the masses, along with *all of the questions*. Fortunately, we are not supporting the use of censorship to silence dissenting ideas. Let's keep the conversation flowing.
 

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Yup.
Also, in my opinion, there is a huge amount of people, who desire change of the system. Who would like to be the change. And they do not understand yet, that BCH has the potential to do so. They even fear it, because they do not experienced it or do not understand it.
I do like your writings. :-)
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@mishapelt, I agree that there is a desire for change.
To create solutions, there must be understanding of the roots of the problems.
People are dealing with symptoms instead of causes.
In the North American context, we are familiar with #Occupy, #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, the pussyhats, Bernie supporters, Trump supporters, all of whom are asking for change. Identity politics are not the answer. The hegemony benefits when we are fractured into little tribes with no common purpose.
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I feel your pain and your philosophical wrestling that goes on in your mind. We, or no one living, "knows" what a different society outside of the normal governmental constraints that have been placed on the people.
The only way I have been able to fathom an ancap/pacifist/voluntary community is using three things that seem so simple. 1. philosophy/psychology, 2. Economics, 3. Humanity
Anarchism may never work on a global/national/statewide scale - it is not meant to do that it is designed for the good of the people in very small communities. This does not mean these communities would not work with other communities but laws/rules/tax suggestion are designed by the people who would be burdened by those rules So you have 3 questions to ask in every major "choice" a particular community would make - once you are down to small communities the 3 principles seem to come into play.
1. Can you and your community devise a solution for a problem in your community, first you have to questions the philosophy behind it, will everyone in the community agree that it is a problem that needs to be fixed? Can everyone in the community come to a philosophical understanding of how to fix the problem?
2. Then you have to determine if everyone in the community is economically willing to participate in the solution. Who would have to pay? If only a small portion is benefiting from the solution are they subject to pay for it? If someone inside that group is not able to pay will someone outside that group be willing to pitch in financially for a solution? I always resort to pointing people to a 3rd economic philosophy that, NOT EVEN, economic majors have probably heard of - "participatory economics" or Parecon.
3. Then Humanity - this part encompasses a lot. Will a majority force people to participate? If a community "choice" will result in the loss of someones freedom was that person involved in the choice to begin with? If they were not involved did they ever show reservations about the policy/rule? Businesses/factories/etc in your community have to answer to, and live in their communities(would your community collectively boycott the community upstream polluting the river?) Would you get your ally communities to do the same? This is how communities become states and every person is the "Watchdog" but not in a go tell Daddy Gov way, but in the,"Dude, I saw that green sh*t leaking from your factory into the river, you need to make that stop before the rest of the community starts making a fuss." way. Even though you will hear people say that appealing to emotion doesn't work - when everyone knows everyone then it does. Nobody wants to hurt their friends and family.
The reason I call out only these three things is because everything else just starts pushing things to polar opposites. If you start thinking outside these basics people start to divide and start looking for Better/easier/lackluster, Cheaper/money making/expensive and dangerous/not moral/screw over the little guy solutions.
Once you solve how your community "runs." You use those same three steps to make sure you have no homeless/hurting or struggling humans - A human that is not in need of money can help out the guy who is - this is a win win for the community the guy struggling for money wont end up robbing the liquor store/committing suicide or going postal on the nearby mall. Knowing your neighbor is not "alright" is one of the first steps to helping them become a better member of your community making your community a better place. That is why a "hub and spoke model" of communities is often the best anarchic solutions.
It has been proven that the happier/more cohesive/economically free/helpful communities in the world are the most prosperous/safe and happy places to live.
The one thing I learned about LIFE is happiness is what makes a community - Anararchy depends on this. Not just your happiness, but everyone you come in contact with.
This guy made a movie called "Happy," I highly recommend that every volunteerist/anarchist/etc should watch this Documentary. I know I found a "FREE" place to watch this full documentary, but all I can find right now - is the directors ted Talk: What I Learned While Making a Movie About Happiness: Roko Belic at TEDxClaremontColleges This should start you on the right path to understanding how most anarchists/etc can find a solution to those questions you have. Now if you can solve those outliers - that will not budge to the middle or will refuse to be "HAPPY" then maybe we can figure out how to break away from the left/right paradigm.
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@Robert_Melluish I appreciate your thoughtful comments and the link to the TED talk (I'll have to look up the full movie). I agree it helps if we firstly acknowledge the human-ness of other humans. The rest (ideas around alternate systems of governance, economics) I'm trying to wade through a little bit at a time, in between loads of laundry.
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