With our world inching closer towards a dystopian future which seems almost inevitable, people are increasingly awakening to the reality of losing their existence, as they know it. Though it is unlikely that we shall ever return to the comparatively idyllic existence before the arrival of Technocracy, many feel that there is time effect change in their own lives in order to help steer mankind towards a more “human” existence than the one that the tech overlords have in mind.
The societal conditions that existed in 2007, when I first began discussing the concept of Disintermediation as a framework for living, seem to be more defined, rigid, and menacing in 2022. The conditions to which I am referring are:
- Loss of faith in institutions
- Social anxiety and polarization
- Political corruption
- Food insecurity
- Energy insecurity
- Attack on the family structure
- Loss of national sovereignty
The wise man foresaw all these things and chose to develop an off grid lifestyle. Grows his own food, manages to collect enough energy to power his needs, and is beholden to no one. That man is 100% disintermediated – he has no intermediaries between him and his personal supply chain.
The antithesis of that man is the guy who pulls up his food delivery app on his smartphone and orders a meal to be delivered to his apartment. He has so many intermediaries (middle-men) in his supply chain that it would be nearly impossible to account for them all.
Disintermediation has been, for me, a slow and methodical process by which I have gradually altered my lifestyle and my relationship to the world, by becoming more self-sufficient, and more mindful about always making choices based upon the key factor of which option has the fewest intermediaries. This is the process of disintermediation.
While many foresaw where we were headed as a society, even among them many are surprised at the rate with which we are being driven into virtual cages. Those who are left unprepared, but aware of our reality, are suffering tremendous anxiety because there seem to be no way to opt out of this mess. People talk about a “national divorce so that like minded people can proceed with their lives on their own terms. But that is not a realistic outcome.
What IS realistic is to take the concept of disintermediation and apply it writ large in the form of a “Parallel Economy”. A parallel economy can be a critical bridge from here, to where we wish to go. An alternative infrastructure (for communications especially) would be critical to help people organize and develop their plans for managing the new reality.