1. I don't think that was what he meant.
You can set up a communicative network with more people than yourself and
still be isolated from the Internet. I think that was what he meant.
2. You say: Free software end-to-end encryption, using good-enough cyphers
and protocols, is the solution. It works on the Internet.
How come there are people talking about encryption not being safe? And may I
ask for an elaboration on why that is the "solution"?
3. You say: That is for the data. For the meta-data, the best we have is Tor.
May I ask what you mean by this?