You have to understand the spiritual liberation theology of bitcoin, the rest is easy,” says guru Max Keiser, a fervent cheerleader for the Salvadoran case for bitcoin adoption and one of its most popular apostles, President Nayib Bukele. “It is easier for the sun to go out than for the price of bitcoin to drop to zero,” a Guatemalan bitcoin entrepreneur told me. Alex Gladstein, a bitcoin and human rights activist, lists the currency alongside what he sees as comparable achievements of humanity: the pyramids of Egypt, the ability to fly, landing on the moon, nuclear power.
They all look like characters from Ayn Rand, the libertarian philosopher: they are titans, rebellious men and pioneers, their currency is the fire of Prometheus, the fax list forbidden fruit of Adam. “Creating a monetary system that no one can corrupt may be our most unlikely and impressive achievement,” says Gladstein. “Yeah, he seems religious,” she admits. “Maybe we should compare bitcoin and Christianity for a second…”
Like Christianity, bitcoin has a mysterious founder, a sacred text, and its apostles. “I think that in 10 or 20 years there will be an organized religion around bitcoin,” says Gladstein. But he also says that bitcoin is more real than Christianity. “It is one thing to believe in Jesus Christ and take the Eucharist. But that requires stretching the imagination because there is nothing physical. Bitcoin is real: it’s math backed by energy, it can’t be created out of nothing," he says.