i hate that cryptocurrency (and especially proof-of-work cryptocurrency) has been so strongly affiliated with decentralization in people’s minds.

one of the benefits of decentralization is that it makes payment & metering hard, which disincentivizes commoditization.

metering & charging for access to truly decentralized systems without central gatekeeping is still not a solved problem (in part because cryptocurrencies are all super financialized and are therefore unusable as currencies) but they dominate the conceptual space.