wildcardjack: One family "off the grid" might survive until supplies run out, but it's not enough people to remain off the grid.Small villages tended towards 100-150 people. This gave enough diversified labor to develop talents in baking, butchering, and candle stick making. The specialization of skills in a society improved life for all involved. Even if he tried to learn all the skills he'd still have to do all of them all the time.Simply put, self sufficiency is a poverty trap or a lie.
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