Are the Route Servers Viable Solutions That Are Being Held Hostage?

We should probably keep in mind that he RA was/is a bit of an insurance
policy, created at a time when the networking environment got
significantly more complicated/meshed. At least there *is* a funded
entity during and after the NSFNET transition to worry about routing.
Just creating a change of giving the regionals funding and requiring
NSPs to interconnect at the NAPs, while dismantling core
infrastructure, would have been dangerous at best.

What are the things that would make the RA/RS/RADB more viable?