In the absence of a clear direction, sometimes it is better to not mess too much with the status quo…
Excitement related to doing something should be weighed against the risk of effecting unwanted changes that can’t be reversed.
She isn’t the first person to express a similar concern. There was some concern expressed within the Ethereum Foundation as well; not everyone likes the idea of “Ethereum” becoming “politicized” (one possible interpretation of what’s going on, but I think not the only one).
On the one hand, I don’t feel that we’re initiating anything here. These things–discussing politics, social and economic topics, ideas such as Radical Markets, etc., especially as motivation for the work many of us are doing on Ethereum–have been going on for some time. We’re just giving it a name, and a central forum for discussion.
On the other hand, as Andy Tudhope likes to point out, to give something a name is, in a sense, to summon or will it into existence.
I don’t have a specific question here, I just want to point at the elephant in the room and have an honest conversation about not only the excitement we’re all feeling, but about the sense of anxiety and fear I have about the risks here. I’m not suggesting that Etherean is or is intended to be a political movement, but there are clear political aspects and implications to the things we’re discussing here. Should we just embrace that and get on with our lives? How do we exercise caution and responsibility in light of the forces we are touching here?
Another way to ask the question: if Ethereum specifically or blockchain in general realizes even a small portion of our aspirations, how do we bend that technology and the ensuing movement towards good?