This is my new prediction:
Before the end of this year, we will have evidence that at least one relevant person or organisation with an anti-bitcoin agenda in the short term (ill-)advised the Salvadorean government or their contractors, or actively worked on this new legislation or its technical implementation, with the goal of damaging the reputation of #bitcoin, causing a price drop, or delaying/preventing endorsement or adoption by other governments or by big companies.
This could be (eg): a financial regulator or watchdog in a developed country with an interest in preserving the status quo, an investment fund trying to groom the market before going all in, a “whale” who is short (even privately) on BTC, a large bank with an interest in boycotting, some resourceful think tank or non-profit with a strong conservative or progressive bent, etc.
@tripu The whole thing didn't start with some corporate or government advisers. It started with a grassroots community effort in El Zonte ("Bitcoin Beach"), and a bitcoin-backed app used for USD-to-USD(C/T) remittances (Strike). Almost a quarter of SV's GDP is coming in via remittance payments, while the majority of people do not have bank accounts, sometimes traveling by bus for hours on end to the next WU office.
Where exactly in this story does the shady corporate advisor fit in?
“Where exactly in this story does the shady corporate advisor fit in?”
I don’t know. I don’t have certainty, it’s only reasonable suspicion given the results I’ve seen so far, and the alignment of some incentives.
In your other toot you say that
“people from within the bitcoin community [had] to make this happen within their crazy time limit of just 90 days.”
I would ask: who exactly is “they” in “their crazy time limit”? Who had an interest in rushing such a risky, complex, nation-wide rollout? #Bukele for selfish PR/electoral reasons? Him alone?
Yes, pretty much IMO. He doesn't have much time left to implement groundbreaking changes while in office. The implementation was actually not overly complex and based on existing software, and the risks aren't really that big. It's mostly just about payments, and if they fail, then so be it. Just revert to USD for single failed payments and that's it.
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