It’s a common counter-argument. Not biting hands that feed, is about not going against the people or institutions that have allowed us to get to where we are right now. In our case it’s about not completely trashing the existing system that allowed to get to the point where we’re able to create a newer, better system.
I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t see why it would be going against the idea of digital democracy to also be honoring our roots at the same time. I don’t see why doing a system-update on our international gov-systems, could not be done without somehow acknowledging our previous existing models. And, in that sense, we would not be going against “the hand that feeds”.