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The Limits of Autarky

10 years ago today, Seth Godin declared that autarky was dead.

I wish he’d been right.

Autarky — economic independence or self-sufficiency — seems practical. You control everything. The problem is, as Seth puts it: “[this is] impossible if you want to get anything done.”

It’s odd to think that a whole decade after this declaration, most of us are still digging our own trenches, running them into the ground, refusing help.

The first problem with solo work is whenever you feel like stopping, you stop. Who is going to…



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