Autarky is Dead–Dependency is Good

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Autarky is dead

Self sufficiency appears to be a worthy goal, but it’s now impossible if you want to actually get anything done.

All our productivity, leverage and insight comes from being part of a community, not apart from it.

The goal, I think, is to figure out how to become more dependent, not less.

Phi Beta Iota: It is very hard for cultures that define themselves by secrecy rather than accomplishments to accept this.  The “eight tribes” of intelligence are  the antithesis to unilateral ineffective secret intelligence.  This is about complexity, integrity of feedback loops, and harnessing the collective intelligence of the Whole Earth.  Autarky [self-sufficiency] is an oxymoron–so is “central” intelligence.