I have no proplem with FD blocking off certain areas and requiring permits. Gives me something to work toward, rather than being a able to go simply wherever I wanted. Currently I'm working toward a Sol permit. By having to work hard for it I'll have a greater sense of achievement and satisfaction once I get it.
No, I neither think that FD are idiots, nor do I believe they hate explorers. There millions (or is it billions?) of systems we can explore without permits. So having a few locked out is fine by me. Besides, perhaps FD are working on a certain system/planet in secret. I'd rather have a system/planet locked out, that once opened has lots of exciting things in it, rather than it being an accessible system/planet one day, and then something totally different the next day, following an update.
I know some players want everything right away, without having to put some effort into obtaining, wether it's access to a system, or the top modules on the top ship. I prefer to work for such stuff. Makes gameplay far more interesting