I come at this with no context/background, I don’t know Eric Wheatpond nor Dan, and it honestly gives me a little bit of a headache as I read his high makamaka binary conclusions with lack of examples. (I suppose that is why you asked from some examples-- I’d like to see them too, and sorry I am falling into the same company by not including examples of ways a “public blockchain can be abused by central actors”.) Apologies.
Forgive my ignorance but how is this not the classic question of is technology good or evil? With the apropos answer that it is neither, it depends on who’s in control of it.
The claim you linked to from Eric Wheatpond on twitter states:
cryptocurrency is the only one that is a force for individual freedom in the face of government oppression
This kid is probably under 25 years old having yet to learn to “eliminate absolutes like the only one, always and never from your vocabulary”. (Please get that I am teasing about his age-- kidding sort of, as a 40+ year old, having been served my fair share of humble pie and learning that lesson well)…
Back to the point, his statement is easily refuted with his examples of drones. He states, and I agree:
Drones, AI, etc. are all massive enablers of surveillance and control.
But drones, in the right hands, are tools capable of serving the opposition to “enablers of surveillance and control”. At Standing Rock, drones time and time again revealed the transgressions by the oil-pipeline company. Drone Activism served to rally the community and put the corporation on their heals by presenting the truth.
Technology is as human as are humans, enabling whomever has got it to their intended goal. Likely the public blockchain follows suit, neither good nor evil, but your question still stands, can we get some examples of how it is going to be abused by centralized actors like the gov’t?