but yes the Satoshi as Gospel stuff is quite uncanny! Even the Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin Cash crowd debate each other over the meanings of Satoshi writings and then debate about the context! Cryptocurrency's regulatory problems will be solved by the IRS designating all of it as a religion.
Of of the few actual debates between the two party's interpretation of the whitepaper is about running full nodes. Core believes that Satoshi expected anyone transacting on the network to run their own full node to validate each blocks even if the person isn't trying to mine (generate coins). The Cash party believes that Satoshi never intended end users to run a full node unless they were also trying to generate coins.
Other than that though, there doesn't seem to be much debate coming from the "Bitcoin Core" side. They seem to be of the opinion that the whitepaper describes a system that simply cannot work in it's original form. It's hard to know what people really think though because of the censorship (or strict moderation if you prefer) in r/bitcoin.
> Cryptocurrency's regulatory problems will be solved by the IRS designating all of it as a religion.
Does that mean they can apply for tax exempt status? ;)
„Core believes that Satoshi expected anyone transacting on the network to run their own full node to validate each blocks“
„Core believes that Satoshi expected anyone transacting on the network to BE ABLE TO run their own full node to validate each blocks (without needing a supercomputer or anything near that)“
But actually even this is not right. Bitcoin Core devs are taking distance to the words satoshi said... at least when necessary... they correctly say that time has passed and they try to do what‘s best for the project from todays point of view (mostly it is the same anyway, but they don‘t try to argue with „satoshi said this“... of course it happens now and then because many people work on bitcoin core, but these are not arguments with which you win the fight/consens)
Of course it was centralized power structures and societal authority that chose which religion we have today, and crypto is much less likely to obtain that.
Not only that but the power on the Bitcoin blockchain is directly determined by how much hardware you can buy and how specialized you can make this hardware. Consider that atm you can fit about 80% of bitcoin hash power on a single stage (about 11 people IIRC).