Consumer choice is great and all, and I agree with that.
However, the rest of us will still have to live with the consequences of this ongoing stream of crap we do not need. Let there be no doubt the e-bike movement is driven solely by greed, with no consideration whatsoever for the planet, people, or trails.
I see all sort of e-mountain bikes on Craigslist right now, including many with crappy disposable components, soon to be bound for a landfill with their cheap leaky batteries. Thank you all ebike-makers for forcing another piece of garbage down society's throats. Again, individuals can say no, but the marketers, manufacturers, and retailers prey on the stupid and the weak, and the rest of us get to clean up the mess.
Take your ebikes and shove them where they don't fit comfortably, along with your individual packet of Uncle Ben's rice, your Keurig coffee-makers, your fully electronic dashboard control system, your immediately obsolete software and movie formats, and all the other ignorant wasteful sh*T that serves some pretend purpose to enhance our lives, but really functions to make a few people richer at the expense of others.
The human power of bikes in some small way, despite the consumerism that surrounds them, provide a way to kick back against the mindless onslaught of crap that "does things for you". But even that is now being dumbed down to the basest level so fat idiot consumers can have more more more. More trails, more speed, more for me me me! Don't plan your meals and learn how to cook, buy instant individual portions! Don't make proper coffee, press a button and throw the wrapper in the landfill! Why ride a bicycle, when you can ebike and fly by all the peons! MOre more more for me me me!