My personal experience (as a complete ignorant) of the blocksize debate in 2017
In the beginning of 2017 I didn’t know Bitcoin was having a “blocksize debate”. I had stopped paying attention to Bitcoin in 2014 after reading Tim Swanson’s book on shitcoineiry and was surprise people even care about Bitcoin still while Ethereum and other fancy things were around.
My introduction to the subject was this interview with Andrew Stone and Andrew Clifford from Bitcoin Unlimited (still don’t know who these guys are). I’ve listened to it and kinda liked the conspiracy theory about “a group of developers trying, against miners and users, to control the whole ecosystem by not allowing blocks to grow” (actually, if you listen to this interview that announced the creation of Blockstream and the sidechains whitepaper it does sound like a government agent bribing all the Core developers into forming a consortium that will turn Bitcoin into an Ethereum-like shitcoin under their control – but this is just a useless digression).
Some time later I listened to this interview with Jimmy Song and was introduced to two hard forks and conspiracies and New York Agreement and got excited because I didn’t care about Bitcoin (I’m ashamed to remember this feeling) and wanted to see things changing, people fighting, Bitcoin burning, for no reason. Oddly, what I grasped from the interview was that Jimmy Song was defending the agreement and expecting everybody to fulfill it.
When the day actually come and “Bitcoin Cash” forked I looked at it with pity because it looked clearly a failure from the beginning, but I still cheered for it a bit, still not knowing anything about the debate, besides the fact that blocks were bigger on BCH, which looked like a very reductionist explanation to me.
“Of course it’s not just making blocks bigger, that would be too simple, they probably have a very complex plan I’m not apt to understand”, I thought.
To my surprise the entire argument was actually just that: bigger blocks bigger blocks. I came to that conclusion by listening to tomwoods.com/1064, a debate in which reasonable arguments faced childish claims. That debate gave me perspective and was a clear, undisputed win from Jameson Lopp against Roger Ver.
Actually some time before that I had listened to another Tom Woods Show episode thinking it was going to be an episode about Bitcoin, but in fact it was just propaganda about a debate I had almost forgotten. And nothing about Bitcoin, everything about “Bitcoin Cash” and how there were two Bitcoins, one legitimate and the other unlegitimate.
So, from the perspective of someone that came to the debate totally fresh and only listens to the big-blocker arguments for a long time, they still don’t convince anyone with some common sense (as I would like to think of myself), they just sound like mad dogs and everything goes against themselves.
Fast forward to the present and with much more understanding of the issues in place I started digging some material from 2016-2017 about the debate to try to get more context, and found this ridiculous interview with Mike Hearn. It isn’t a waste of time to listen to it if you’re not familiar with the debate from that time.
As I should have probably expected from my experience with Epicenter.tv, both the interviewers agree with Mike Hearn about his ridiculous claims about how (not his words) we have to subsidize the few thousand current Bitcoin users by preventing fees from increase and there are no trade-offs to doing that – and even with everybody agreeing they all manage to sound stupid. There’s not a single phrase that is defendable in the entire interview, no criticisms make any sense, it makes me feel bad for the the guy as he feels so self-assured and obviouslyright.
After knowing about these and other adventures of stupid people with high influences in the Bitcoin world trying to impose their idiocy on others it feels even more odd and unexpected to find Bitcoin in the right track. Generally in politics the most dumb wins, but apparently not in Bitcoin.
Bitcoin is a miracle.