Which is exactly how I read your post. Irrespective of which segment of "free workers" is larger, I think (tentatively) that they are different in nature and worthy of independent attention.
> And it's not clear to me how
> taking away from me even this pathetically slight opportunity works to my
> benefit or that of the world.
Please don't read me wrong. I have not advocated outlawing free work (much less called for treating everyone, or even some who work for free, "scabs") and consequently denying you this understandable and necessary outlet/opportunity. I hope for nothing but the best for you.