If we are ultimately subunits of one finite system -viewed from either within a VR or from a big picture perspective-then it seems to follow that there is really no such thing as true self sufficiency. Maybe varying degrees of synergy would be a more accurate view....
The finite resources of fresh water,clean air and minerals are just a few of the things we all need to 'keep playing' in PMR.For example: I have a very small organic mini farm in my backyard and I compost as much as possible;but ultimately no matter how much I rely on my 'mini farm' I will have to amend the soil- I will need to replace lost minerals to satisfy the 'conservation of matter' rule,thus forcing me to interact.
Another example would be someone who is fortunate enough to have access to all of the possible resources required for survival in apparent isolation,but becomes ill and needs an appendectomy.This survivalist now relies upon outside hands and outside knowledge accumulated by others if he/she wishes to continue their experience packet. Can they honestly say that they are 'self reliant?'
It seems to me that these kinds of facts must lead to some form of truth in regard to PMR politics and society. The question seems to be "what is the best way for us to interact ?" This is not easy to answer since many of our main ideologies seem to self contradict under certain sets of conditions.
Does a finite world require 'left' politics, 'right' politics ,some combination,or something not yet defined ?
I wonder though if there is some ego element to this self sufficiency impulse, and resistance to the reality that we are part of an intertwined economic system, that makes a lot of inconvenient demands on us, and stresses our egos.
"If I could only be alone in the woods I would not have to cope with all these irritating people, bosses...."
Self sufficiency can get very inefficient...likely most of what you grow can be bought at the top of the season for half of your investment in money and time.
More importantly, the upside to the garden is that it pushes your R-complex buttons and reduces your anthropological stress - the gap between what your DNA is programmed to expect from the external environment, and what your modern lifestyle is.
Another important indicator of the importance of gardening is what I call the old money benchmark (OMB). Old money are families that have had resources to try out all the possible lifestyles and figure out what is pleasing, what works, what is efficient. Billionaires garden, and there is a message in that.
Left politics is the world primarily seen through the lens of the right hemisphere, heart centered, and right politics, is the world seen through the lens of the left hemisphere, logic centered. Extreme politics, on the left and the right, is the world seen through the R-complex, hate centered.
Political convergence, or the purple movement, is our best attempt to find balance between head and heart, and seek out what economists call unity, that point on the trade off curve where logic and heart are balanced, most syntropic.
For those who have looked at this professionally, and deeply, the solutions are not far from libertarianism and Milton Friedman's teachings on policy and government, which focus on liberating consumers to be free to choose, the decision vector.