What you say sounds reasonable from an individual perspective - but from a societal perspective it's horrible. If everyone spent their time farming their backyard rather than productively working somewhere, then our standard of living all declines. In other words, what's in the interest of the individual to protect their future is not in the interest of the corporate whole.My first thought is "who says what's best for society?" It's the same as my point from two days ago, about the randomness of the market being better than the bureaucrats who decide what products we need: the movements of the vast majority of society are right. They're right because people are moving in their own best interest. If everyone is doing what's best for them, that makes the movements best for society. It may displace people in some jobs - the spread out infrastructure for instance - and it sure won't be best for the displaced people, but that sort of displacement happens all the time. Remember the slide rule industry? If everyone tried to become more self-sufficient, more resilient, it would surely change society, but society changes all the time. It's changing now, and the reality of what's going on is what pushes John to make his recommendations. He's trying to save lives as this megatrend unfolds.
I don't know what percentage of people would try to get a garden going in their yards, or what percentage of people even could, due to living in apartments with no space, I'm going to bet it's a small percentage for now. Much like with Tom Baugh's "Starving the Monkeys", I don't know what percentage of the people would leave the life they know to become an independent contractor and I don't know what percentage would leave the life they know to create a small, self-sufficient community. Would they make that move if they thought their family's lives and safety were at stake? I bet more would.
Right after that first anonymous comment (obviously long before I write this) commenter Candide3 posted this:
This is exactly what has happened in the Soviet Union, both before and after its collapse. People spent an inordinate amount of time and effort working their 1/7 acre plots for food. Thanks to these plots they never starved, but the standard of living went through the floor.What the Soviets did was right for themselves and helped them get their society going again, without the episodes of nastiness that have happened so many times through history.