I was just reading Paranoid's post about the pros and cons of being self-sufficient. More and more, I'm coming to the conclusion that we can NEVER be truly self-sufficient. So we need to start thinking more of making our communities 'sufficient'. Economically, we are not able to afford all the equipment or land to meet our needs, i.e. expensive farm equipment to cultivate feed, manufacture solar energy equipment etc. So we need to start thinking about division of labor and how we can build local networks that support us in our common goals. Am I way off-base here? I think the Amish are a great example of a community working towards 'self-sufficient' goals. How can we develop new types of communities to support our goals on a regional and national basis?