Well, hang on. You were the one who 1) made the analogy between not choosing to be a member of the AAPA and not voting in a Presidential election, and 2) said "maybe this is a stupid analogy." My response - and it was sincere, by the way, the part about showing you the consideration due to a colleague, rather than the coddling I'd show to a student who hasn't been out in practice yet - was to disagree with the validity of that analogy, and using your words.
So, "ignorant" doesn't seem to fit. Not sure about "unfair" or "unwarranted" either. I was disagreeing, and the figure I quoted was too high, my bad. But as Contrarian says, it's not the amount that's important, it's the fact that it costs money to join, and whenever I spend money I like to have a sense of what I'm getting for it. From the previous six pages here, it would seem that's not so cut and dried.
So yes, money is what makes it a bad analogy. Please explain how I missed the point.