I’ve been interested in self-sufficiency all my life. I know that nowadays the whole idea has been coopted by tin-hat people who think the government will collapse and aliens will take over, but for me it’s always been a simple, pragmatic thing to do that makes sense even if nothing ever gets worse in society. Solar energy is free, for example, so why the hell isn’t everyone doing it? A simple vegetable garden can cut out your produce bill almost entirely. The fact that you don’t have to devote all your money to paying utilities and industrial food companies is a reward in and of itself. And resources aren’t exactly plentiful for the average person these days. Being as independent and resourceful as you can is important and fulfilling for anyone, regardless of politics and so forth.