I think there are two separate issues here concerning 'survival,' the transition stage and the full survival stage. I see three stages to future events; the first is the one we're currently in (decline and denial) and I see it lasting no more than 10-15 more years. This is the time to get ourselves in the best position possible for the next two.
The second stage will be a transition. This will resemble the scenario that Hippie3 and others predict, and living in a rural area with useful stuff around and a garden will certainly be better than what I see as Katrina-esque local breakdowns from various "natural" and manmade causes. Some places will continue to function as they do know while others will suffer some serious trouble, and it will be very difficult to move to the better spots at that point. There will be more Superdomes, and those who failed to make any
preparations will be just as stuck as those in New Orleans were. Cities will still be centers of food distribution (since gardens, like wilderness, won't be enough to feed everybody there will still be dependence on industrial agriculture). You will be very glad for your stockpiles at that point. You will do better with your tribe around you, and now is the time to figure out who they are and get on the same page.
I focus more on the third stage. The second won't last forever, or even likely very long (few years/decade). That's when the stockpiles run out. I don't see the stockpiling approach as useless, rather I've been over-emphasizing full survival knowledge since it's value is generally underappreciated. It's importance will rise as time goes on, ultimately becoming essential. Also, until things actually begin to change (I would argue they already have), we won't exactly know where the safer places will be. This means we may have to move, and it seems unlikely we'll be able to bring our stuff with us. Sometimes we'll have to move quick, and may only have the clothes on our back. That's why I say that knowledge is the most important thing to stockpile; it may be the only thing you have some day. Your buddy across the state may have a nice farm, but getting there may turn into quite a journey at that point (assuming your farm was in the wrong spot).
As far as agreeing with the second post of Hippie3's I quoted, I see wilderness as being able to feed a few, and Hippie3 said ..."very few"; Seems like splitting hairs, but I see the difference as significant, depending on our definitions of how many a 'few' is.
So what happens when you run into a sneaky mofo
like yourself in the woods, except he's got a nice trusty, reliable
Easy. I make it my own. Set a few man traps, entice you to investigate, pick up your gun from next to your body. You never saw me. I knew you were there by reading your concentric rings (how to tell when someone is moving in an area without seeing them; animals will give you away unless you move in harmony with nature's pace). Of course I'd only do that if I perceived you as a direct threat to me; I don't need your gun and would prefer to team up with rather than fight others (or I'd just take a detour around your area). Moving silently is not enough. Moving invisibly is also essential. Likewise knowing how to be undetectable to dogs. This is quite possible, and I have done it a few times in an admittedly non-combative environment, but that's the practice I argue is essential. I actually have practiced some tactical responses in a combative environment with some well-armed redneck poachers and ran them off with psych warfare. My rifle was just a heavy thing that slowed me down, but I had one at first. And relative to the number of people heading to the woods, very, very few are actually decent trackers. Most can follow deer blood trails, cut for sign, and the like, but deer don't work to cover their tracks, nor are many people adept at reading
tracks. Those that are will hopefully be on 'our' side; the side not interested in rape and pillage. So tracking is not enough, and most do not know how to counter-track. I'm pushy about the full survival angle because I see it as priceless knowledge that can help all of us, since it's not a matter of 'whoever survives best wins.' Together we stand...
Bugs and worms and rootbark and moss are not on my plate, either, unless you're talking about Mimosa hostilis bark, or protein-rich grubs in stew. Wood conk mushrooms alone in stew can keep you going for weeks, and taste pretty good, better in a pine needle tea (more vitamin C than orange juice). Fat greenbrier roots cook up almost as decent as potatoes, and with some herbal knowledge you can spice up the flavor. Knowing what is safe to gather and eat is a different skill than gardening, and will be important for augmenting your food supply even with a garden.
It ain't about playing Rambo; that's how to die. The job of a scout in the old school sense is to protect one's tribe from enemies, find safe places, and fight only as last resort. Avoidance is the strategy for longevity. A full-survival adept scout or two in your tribe can be very useful at any stage.