I'm learning a lot from reading this argument here, I must admit. (The Pro Redcard tiff, natch) Could this be a slight difference in regional (country) philosophy? What I mean is, the American dream basically says if you build it, they will come. I don't think there is anything wrong with someone with no money trying to get started. Everyone who has made it has to start somewhere, somehow - and I think that is Redcard's point. Calling industry professionals names like "idiot" is really bad form though.
But I mostly totally agree with Pro in that this is the way things should be, in a fair world. Hell, even in an unfair but developed world things should be like that. America falls short there, because the thinking is that there is greater freedom in not pinning things down so specifically.
Pro, out of curiousity, did you ever go to the kick ass comic art museum in Brussels? And can you reccommend any in the Netherlands?