Let's talk disintermediation

My sense these days is that nobody except me and maybe a few others work on fridays in America, especially on a cold and icy day like today.  It is a slow day.  So...let's talk disintermediation. 

dis·in·ter·me·di·a·tion


noun.     reduction in the use of intermediaries between producers and consumers, for example by investing directly in the securities market rather than through a bank.

Here is a recent illustration of the benefit of traditional intermediation, such as investing through a bank.  Some other traditional intermediaries are Catholic priests, corporate farms, and your local police.  Together, these represent four areas that I find particularly interesting when it comes to thinking about disintermediation:

  • Wealth/Capital (gold, bitchezzz!!!)
  • Relationship with a higher power (God, bitchezzz!!!)
  • Food (garden, bitchezzz!!!)
  • Security (guns, bitchezzz!!!)

Over the years, I have found many ways to practice disintermediation in each of these areas.  I have written articles and comments and posted photos on Zerohedge about some of these efforts.  Today, I invite you to discuss with me our successes, failures, and hopes in the comments section below.  I am thinking this will be similar to an open thread, except I would like us to keep to the topic of practicing disintermediation as much as possible.

Here are a few examples to get us started:

Health and education are two other areas that come to mind where disintermediation can serve us well.

This may be a disaster, but let's see how it goes...

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