These days, you need permission from the government to do just about anything, including feeding yourself or others.
Do you own a car? Every year, you must go down to the DMV and pay the government for permission to drive it.
Do you own a business? You must register it and pay an annual fee to operate it.
Do you want to renovate your home? You must pay the government to come and tell you if you're allowed to, how you are allowed to, and to check it afterward to make sure you complied with all of their rules.
Do you want to swap your homemade goodies for someone else's homemade goodies? You're supposed to get permission from the government to do it, and they'd also like you to pay them taxes on the transaction.
Do you want to educate your children at home? In some states, you have to pay for permission to do that. You still have to pay taxes to support your local school, mind you, but you'll need a "permit" on top of it.
Do you want to hunt or fish to supplement your food budget? You're supposed to go get a license to do that, too.
Do you want to go off the grid? If you're even allowed to, you'll have to get a permit and an inspection.
The government is aware of their own pending obsolescence and that's why they're so desperate to regulate every darned thing. Oh – and the money – they make a ton of money from forcing you to purchase permission to live your life.
Every time someone pops up and does something independently, the government says, "Oh, no. All things must come from us, your benefactors."
The government is obsolete.
By mandating helplessness, the government seems to want to instill in us a belief that we can't get by without them. Why?
Because they're quickly becoming obsolete.