The performance-oriented users and developers can always pick a not-so-cluttered theme as a starting point.
If it’s a rotten ecosystem, then why most, if not nearly all, Hugo themes are ports of existing WP themes?
Well it’s more the other way around. Why is every one moving to different ecosystems and porting things as they go?
that naturally brought money. I don’t see how this is a bad thing.
Money never occurs naturally. It’s a disease of the mind that replaces value in use with commercial value. You capitalist and your property mindset kill an incredible number of people and enslave so many more. That’s a very bad thing for end users.
Only through self-organized free-software workers coop can we really try and work together for the end users. See for example riseup.net hosting coop, framasoft.org non-profit association for example. They develop amazing technos for end-users (Bitmask, Peertube…)
If you wish to sell service such as support to your theme users, well we live in a sad society that you have to do this to get a roof on your head and something to eat, but at least you’re paying your bills with your time and energy, which is respectable labour.
If you sell individual copies of your theme and your whole economical model relies on people not sharing and not helping each other out, then you’re just a cockroach taking part in the property system and therefore paying your bills with the honest labour of other people further down the line.
PS: I’m neither a marxist nor any kind of statist so please don’t try to throw at me the massacres of state capitalism (USSR & such) in response to my criticisms of the massacres of liberal capitalism and your ownership/property mindset (which you have in common with bolsheviks!)
PPS: The simple fact we’re talking here through the Internet was made possible by people fighting your ownership mindset, sharing infos & ideas and standardizing concepts and protocols.