That's one of the jewels, but I am surprised it came out of a moderator.
Webmasters did not build Google. Did we build Yahoo and MSN and Ask and the rest of the mediocre search engines around? Of course not. And I don't really see on what your claims are based.
Google actually has respect for the robots.txt, so if you do not want to be listed - just exclude it. Your website will still be operational, and you will stop worrying about being banned - it cannot be any simpler. It's an unwritten agreement which can be broken by EITHER side, anytime.
I am also critical of many things about Google, but to come over here and start bashing webmasters that they obay Google rules is uncalled for and just plain stupid:
When my website ranks at the same spot on Google, MSN and Yahoo, and the last two account for less than 5% of my search engine traffic - it's just ridiculous to even suggest that I am brain-washed by doing my best to keep my good Google position - it's called common sense and a good business decision.
I did not build any of my websites to feed Google, to help Google with content, to help Google improve, to rank on Goolge, etc. and if Google disappears tomorrow - I could give two ****. My customers will continue to exist, my business will continue to operate - I would just get my free traffic from different channels - and that's why Google owes me nothing.
Sorry that you got banned or whatever, but if you want something to change - you need to go and b*tch at MSN and Yahoo for being lousy competitors.