Very interesting--and terribly sad. Check it out if you want to hear a writer rage against reality. Reminds me of the difference between the psychotic and the neurotic. The psychotic thinks that two and two are five. The neurotic knows that two and two are four--but can't stand it.
But you'll find the corrective in the emminently sane comments after this wrong-headed post. Click and look it over.
A lot has changed in "the gentleman's profession" since I was a publisher (Cobble Hill Press--distributed by Hill and Wang) But agents (read villains) serve a much-needed economic function today.
No doubt new publishing models are in the making. How they will develop, no one knows. But--right now--I like e-books. And that's what I write.