I enjoy reading your articles Dan but I rarely agree with the broad strokes and absolutes. The path to true, pure 100% indie-ness is probably just what you say it is. I don't know how many folks desire this with all of their hearts and souls but I'm guessing not too many. Still there's always a few and in those cases you're preaching to the choir.
I think you focus only on the two ends of the indie-or-profit-spectrum and ignore what lies between. I think most developers choose a path somewhere in the middle. I think a balance can be struck between creativity and considerations of profit or loss. I think neither indie nor profit should unconditionally dictate the process. I think neither indie nor profit is the most important above all else. I think pride, success, or failure and varying degrees of each are splashed all over the indie-or-profit-spectrum.
In a way it's a bit liberating to be independent of the rigid rules of indie-ness.