The priesthood got him. Vitalik Buterin, ethereum’s inventor, has been silenced, with the once darling of bitcoin who founded the Bitcoin Magazine stating:
“Ok, I am going to just stop commenting on bitcoin issues almost entirely and focus on ethereum tech.
I think the community needs to go through a lot of healing, and the firebrands on all sides that are so sure that their side is righteous and the other evil deeply worry me.”
That was just a day after he congratulated Bitcoin Cash for briefly overtaking ethereum and gaining second position and soon after he stated:
“I consider BCH a legitimate contender for the bitcoin name. I consider bitcoin’s failure to raise block sizes to keep fees reasonable to be a large (non-consensual) change to the “original plan”, morally tantamount to a hard fork.”
That attracted a lot of base name calling with attempts to discredit him as a smear machine kicked in, culminating in his self-censorship.
But not before he explained why he changed his initial views to build the first ethereum version on bitcoin, with Vitalik Buterin stating:
“The very earliest versions of ETH protocol were a counterparty-style metacoin on top of primecoin. Not Bitcoin because the OP_RETURN wars were happening at the time and given what certain core devs were saying at the time, I was scared that protocol rules would change under me (eg. by banning certain ways to encode data in txs) to make it harder, and I did not want to build on a base protocol whose dev team would be at war with me.
And OP_RETURN did end up getting censored down to 40 bytes. So I think it’s fair to say that this willingness to compromise protocol immutability to achieve a desired outcome in a particular application (hmm, sound familiar?) made ETH on BTC even then a nonstarter.
That said, perhaps they did a service. Back then I never would have imagined that fees would ever be allowed to rise above $0.20.”
In a different time-line, bitcoin might have had rich smart contracts like ethereum, in this time-line it has $20 fees and a congested network with transactions stuck for days.
It now also has self-censorship, on top of the explicit censorship applied in many of bitcoin’s public communication channels.