There is a paradox that strikes me strongly here. On the one hand, a tonne of people seem to be interested in developing Bitcoins for ideological reasons, to develop a currency independent of corporations or central banks. On the other hand, one of the biggest groups I see on here are ex-forex traders hoping to make a quick profit! Intuitively, those seem like clashing beliefs to me: speculative-capitalist and anti-capitalist.
Or am I totally wrong.
I don't think you're wrong, per se; but you are seeing the community through colored glasses. The dominate ideology among the early bitcoin users (myself included) is strongly libertarian. The US, (for example) is not a free market anymore; and hasn't been since 1913. It's literally impossible for a free market to exist if the monetary system's value is 'regulated' (price controlled) by a central bank; because the monetary system in use is half of all the transactions. Whether or not the monetary system is well
managed or not is irrelevent.