and because of the lightning network 'design they will be able too. Another elimination is happening though. Finality bitcoin core, BTC, is being killed from the inside out. Enough that on average, almost every one of them gets into the next block, everytime. They will move to bitcoin cash, or some other crypto. I think Bitcoin has succeeded on the level of a new currency, but the payment system is somewhat lacking. The number of settling middlemen on the lightning network slowly dies off to 1500. Stability in these early days will not happen. Trusted third parties are security holes.
Bitcoin - The Currency of the Internet - Reddit
Neither gold nor bonds are needed to back up a currency. The settling middlemen are at war with each other, to drive out the small fry middlemen, who don't have the massive liquidity, and patience, to endure another 'on chain transaction fee war'. They will feel like the rug has been pulled from beneath them. The main chain isn't used by hardly anyone now. Because yes, they will run middlemen nodes, lots of them.