Bitcoin currently chooses liveness [over safety], which is the worse choice of the two. After a network partition heals you’ll likely end up with two forks and two groups that disagree about which chain should be called Bitcoin, or, it will shed a large fraction of people who finally “get it”.
It’s not just [Vitalik Buterin's] opinion that caused ETH > ETC [after the DAO fork]. I wanted to support ETH regardless, and I think the fork let the market decide which is better. . . . [T]oo much blame [was placed] on Vitalik. He mostly just conveyed the consensus around him.