However, to be perfectly honest, the above quote sounds a lot like a "Sour Grapes" approach to ranking.
I have to admit...if someone gets to 3rd dan or higher, then says, "I don't think rank is a good idea, I'm going to start my own organization, and we won't have rank"...ok, I'll listen to that person gripe about rank in the organization he came out of. He went through the process, he got the goods they have to offer, and he made up his mind that he didn't like it. So he does his own thing.
Seems a little different from what;s being offered here...