I think Jude's rules are intended to proactively reduce problems on this site. I don't think they are an evil capitalist plot to allow sponsors free reign to fleece the unwashed masses.
I think a_rec genuinely believes he can improve the audio reviewing industry. I don't think he is purposely attempting to attack the sponsors of this site or bring head-fi down.
Both of those statements assume good intentions on the part of Jude & a_rec. Neither statement prevents me from agreeing or disagreeing with either Jude or a_rec. What it does do is allow me to focus on the facts and the real meat of their arguments, rather than on any possibly nefarious underlying motives. It makes the debate MUCH more logical and productive. I happen to think Jude is right, but that doesn't keep me from believing in a_rec's good intentions - even if I also think they are wrapped around a fundamentally flawed idea and being delivered without consideration for constraints imposed by the real world.
I tell my employees that if they cannot bring themselves to assume the good intentions of someone, then perhaps this is not the right job for them. In the same way, I would say that if you cannot assume the good intentions of this site, then perhaps this site is not where you should be. It's also the difference between believing that sponsors come to head-fi because they want to participate in the head-fi community and get access to a population of audio enthusiasts, versus believing the sponsors come here because they believe Jude will write good reviews for them.