I was reading through this, and I kept telling myself that I wouldn't respond, I just wouldn't respond. But, I decided I wanted to.
I think Hulkageddon is a perfectly fine part of EVE. The argument that everyone is having about it is -very- similar to arguments people have about the real-world economy. These conversations will never go away in the real world just like they won't go away on EVE.
I don't know how international Wal-Mart is, so this might only be relevant to those of us in the US. But take Wal-mart for example. It's a real debate going on constantly about whether or not Wal-Mart should be allowed to operate in the way it does. Many people see it as being unfair to local businesses. Others argue that Wal-Mart is operating perfectly fine within the constructs our government set up, called capitalism.
People will always have differing opinions on what laws should be in place that govern the economy because there are pros and cons in every model. Flaw in capitalism: Monopolies, and sending jobs overseas. Flaw in socialism: Too many to count (Biased. Sorry, couldn't resist
). My point is that EVE has it's own economic rules set up by the 'government' aka CCP. These rules are arbitrary: There's no one out there who can tell you whether the policies are 'right' or 'wrong' just that they exist, and that's the way they are. When we all signed on to play EVE, we knew what these economic guidelines were. We all have our economic choice to make during Hulkageddon.
My personal -choice- is to stay docked and wait it out. I know I could tank up and take the risk to keep mining, but I choose not to. That's my economic choice
Side note: EVE has hired on staff a professional economist who's in charge of making the economy of EVE run smoothly. S/He let's Hulkageddon continue because it fits within their professional opinion of what works in the EVE economy. I trust this economist to keep EVE going alive and well, Hulkageddon included.
Sorry, I know my post has been a little here, a little there, but my goal was to provide some intelligent commentary on economies in general, and why letting Hulkageddon take place is a perfectly viable economic choice.