I am neither strongly pro- nor strongly anti-crypto, but I am extremely skeptical about the motivations of the people that are most active in the space; there’s a strong Ayn Rand-ian lean to a lot of the rhetoric around crypto, which I personally find pretty disgusting. I’m guessing (hoping!) that I’m not alone there, and have my fingers crossed that those people aren’t dissuading others with better intentions from using the underlying tech to actually effect worthwhile change. Ben Werdmüller summarizes it pretty well:
If we get to a point where the only people doing innovation on the internet are the people whose values we dislike, we’re in trouble.
I’m not saying that we all have to play nice and hold hands around the campfire, just that there needs to be a bit more balance in the equation.