This isn't an attack on you.
I once found these articles inspiring. Now I find them stupid. If you watch the news, you'll see they find a new one every year, and then you never hear about the dude again.
This Mark guy, however, is dead right on the issues quoted on the OP. But sadly, he went from one extreme to the other, like most humans do. The prudent man, on the other hand, will find that money is not evil, but gets misused once it becomes an end and not a means.
I agree with you on this: the wise man will try to find a middle ground for himself. The advantage of the middle ground is that it is wide - it has many choices. The disadvantage is that it's not easy to find the one most fitting to you and then practice it. Lots of trial and error ensues, but when the initial difficulties are past you, life gets much better.