Bitcoin uses Proof of Work for two things: one is to secure the blockchain with strong cryptographic signatures like a Merkle tree, and the other is to crown the validator which "mines" a solution as THE validator (dictator) who determines which transactions to broadcast in that block. If they blacklist your address (or charge large fees) and don't want to accept your transaction then maybe another validator will eventually accept it.
But why do we need Proof of Work for the second thing? What's wrong with Proof of Correctness as Ripple uses, or Delegated Proof of Stake as LISK uses, for example? Why are they considered "not decentralized" while Bitcoin is said to be "decentralized" despite the arms race that has caused a few mining pools in China to control more than 51% of the mining power in practice?
What is wrong with a community electing 101 random validators like with LISK for example? How can this be gamed to reduce people's freedom to transact or have their transactions confirmed? The worst thing is some address may be blacklisted by a few validators (eg under pressure from a government law) but the same can happen with bitcoin miners, since we know who they are. So what's the disadvantage of Delegated Proof of Stake?
Here are the advantages: less waste of electricity, faster consensus, and possibly more decentralization in practice.
If I am right and this doesn't have any serious disadvantages, it should be rather trivial to make a cryptocurrency with delegated proof-of-stake electing N (odd number) validators.