But why the difference between a self sufficient society versus self sufficient individuals? Surely if your one proposed position in ideal, wouldn’t self sufficient individuals be even further beneficial?
Oh rather. When people work together, they can accomplish more than they can as an individual. That is why companies form and prosper.
Sure it is a better ideal, but there are efficiency models, because some tasks are better suited, take the model T for example the first assembly lines.
The corporation is basically a segment of a socialistic society. Monopolies likewise can take that a step further, another form of socialism.
Yes definitely people should manage certain personal tasks, like having a bath, going to the washroom, putting food in their mouth. But only one person needs to serve the table... there is only so much room to move around in the kitchen.
If an efficient way of harvesting wood is possible then waste in wood cutting can be reduced. If we know how much wood we need to heat our homes we can figure out how to manage our forests so we don't freeze.
Since it is not just me or you that needs to survive it s also our wives and children, and perhaps our children are married to one another it is our family no matter how we look at it.
Some areas of the economy can benefit from a command economy, while others are hindered by controls.
As there is a needs based economy and an artificial economy. Control of the artificial economy is not required because it is waste, but control of the needs economy is required. Sometimes the economies will mix, and this is when a mixed economy is useful.
But back to your point of backwoods doin it. For sure, but few men are islands.
You are correct though, it is an ideal, but social isolationism is problematic for building a society.. even if it helps maintain one. There is a line that needs to be managed between a community and community service.
So only to the extent that it creates a better society. We need to encourage good will and cooperation because there are finite resources that we must share, if we are to be humane and not just execute our competition for resources and wealth. True it would be more efficient to do that and it would lower the debt if people we owed money to were targeted for execution, but that model is problematic due to us being "good" people. We might need to re-engineer our social values to escape that paradigm.