"The average transaction fee is now more than $10, about twice what it was in 2011" -- What a hilarious error. In 2011 transactions fees were basically zero. Until 2015 they were just a few cents. Only when the network started to get congested last year, fees of a dollar or more became the norm.
Segwit2X was the compromise to give create an extra year of time to come up with solutions to scale. People like Dave Harding seem to think only very expensive transactions can provide the pressure for these solutions to mature. He forgets that Bitcoin isn't the only game in town. There are plenty with more capacity than Bitcoin. The market share of Bitcoin has already dropped by one third this year, and users will continue to vote with their wallet and their feet.