Well, I for one, appreciate Eric's posts. This one is relevant to backpacking and gear selection in the same way that a discussion of "Leave No Trace" ethics is relevant. I may not agree with everything he posts, but I appreciate the discussion. We need to be conscious of the effect that our hobby has on the world, and that includes the choices we make in the purchase of gear.
A part of the Hippocratic Oath may apply (to paraphrase): If you can do no good, at least do no harm. I'd like to think it applies to the gear we buy as well as the hike we take. I realize that that's an impossible goal to achieve, but at least we can try.