I’m also wondering how crypto currency fits into the ‘beast’ narrative. It’s definately seen as an apposing force to the traditional banking system, almost worshipped in certain circles.
I think crypto currency is presented to seem as though it opposes traditional banking, but in reality it's just another tool in the tool box to herd people towards cashless society. From a consumers perspective there's no real difference between a cryptocurrency transfer or purchase and any other existing electronic transfer or card purchase. I think that the intrigue around it as well as the ability to actually mine, invest and increase value with it were just one part of a clever cashless society sales job.