As has already been said ... there are many ways to play this game.
I am constantly amazed at how many different ways players find to say "my way is the only way" ... and there's a lot of that in this thread.
Kelot ... It is not a sign of weakness to want to play to different goals. I play the game that will give me the most enjoyment depending on where I have landed, who else is playing nearby and what is going on in my world outside of the game. Sometimes this means I'm a city hauler playing for the team and sometimes this means I'm a free hauler and independent of city allegiance.
@ the city haulers in this thread ... yes I agree ... without the city haulers the free hauling would not be so much fun. However, I wonder if the city haulers really understand how much they rely on the free haulers. This is less true of the big multiple association cities but it is often true that some of the top 10 cities would not be there without free hauling help.
I would also comment that there are some very poor investment and majority models amongst many city players. Just saying that a factory is yours doesn't make it so ... it needs to be looked after ... hauled to as well as from and invested in so that it grows.
The big problems come when we don't respect each other. I have no doubt that there are people who set out to deliberately sabotage other people's play. The game allows that whether we like it or not ... and I am one who doesn't like it ... but I equally don't like the tendency to assume everyone who plays differently is a saboteur and that all free haulers are spoilers.