Blockchain and individual empowerment

The first rise of Bitcoin was on individual empowerment. What is the global case that Ethereum will be setup to be the alternative for individual empowerment?

With things like smart contracts you actually have the ability for [..] 15 year olds in their basements to create services that you can mathematically prove to be exactly as trustworthy as the stuff JP Morgan puts out.

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Also published on Medium.