>>75200>If you were able to find a way to go back and get rich by yourself, would the ripples of time really make for such a scenario?
That's sort of the point I was making. For the most part, the economy is a zero sum game; if you have money, that means someone else doesn't. Thus, if you attain vast amounts of wealth that you didn't in this current timeline, it's not unimaginable to think that the change in money between average people and you would lead to drastically different outcomes.
Imagine for instance you got super wealthy by buying up a load of bitcoin early, and then selling it off at its height. How would that change the lives of the people you bought it off of? If you never bought it from them, would they have gone on to be vastly wealthy themselves? Did they do anything special with their newfound wealth, like provide a significant contribution to a crowdfunding project that might have otherwise not succeeded? What about your own new life? Suppose you, thinking generously, give lots of money to an artist you like, but they were inspired to make the thing you know them for out of their previous impoverishment which they now won't endure in this timeline. What if that artist had a big impact on the styles of others as well? Of course, what of the people that only ever got interested because of artists that were inspired by the one you used to like?
Perhaps the broad strokes might be similar, but the finer details, I think, would be all over the place. Most individuals won't change much, but change isn't about one single person, it's about how all of those individuals are impacted by everyone else, and if one person doesn't have the same spark they otherwise had, how might things turn out? People like to say that Weimar Germany was primed for a Hitler, and that even going back in time wouldn't have stopped the rabid polarization, and I tend to agree. Granted, that's a case when an entire society was caught up in something. In recent memory, I don't think there's very many events where the same thing would happen every time. Maybe '08 and the housing crisis, but would so and so win the election every time? Maybe not. In positions like the presidency, a lot of change is vested in a single person, so the entire course of history for better or for worse can change at a moment's notice.