Our Italian Job

The Italian people run a modern and creative economy by working around their corrupt government, providing an excellent model for the Brits to use to dump their useless polity without bloodshed.

This is all about disintermediation:

In economics, disintermediation is the removal of intermediaries in a supply chain: “cutting out the middleman”. Instead of going through traditional distribution channels, which had some type of intermediate (such as a distributor, wholesaler, broker, or agent), companies may now deal with every customer directly, for example via the Internet. One important factor is a drop in the cost of servicing customers directly.

The Italians say “the eye of the owner fattens the pig”, so we’ve been in Italy the past several weeks keeping an eye on the renovation of the house we bought recently – it’s going unexpectedly well.

We may just be fortunate, but – in comparison with Brit and US builders we’ve used – our Italian builders are quite outstanding.

Our builder is a master multitasker, switching his 5-man team rapidly to meet the constraints of weather (very changeable at this time of year, probably exacerbated by the coming ice age), and all the unpredictable problems that beset a renovation. He leads from the front – if something difficult has to be done, he’s up on the scaffolding showing how to do it.

His team are individuals, who choose to work together

They arrive promptly at 8 AM, work solidly through to 1 PM without any breaks, then take an hour for lunch before restarting at 2 PM sharp for another 3 hours. They’re tidy and organized, and have made a multitude of helpful suggestions on how we can improve the end result without expense.

A few weeks into the work, we found woodworm in our big old roof, so decided to replace the entire structure. Within 2 days, our builder took delivery of a complete and complex spiderweb of hand-cut chestnut beams, plus all the special tiles, waterproofing material, and insulation.

When we left today the new roof was mostly done – in just 13 days and without any prefabricated components. It looks so good from inside that Mrs. G wants to leave it visible.

This sort of organizational effectiveness can only exist if there’s a lot of trust within the work team, and between it and the people who supply it.

So how can we square this with Italy’s position as by far the most corrupt large economy in Europe?

The measure of corruption is that of public officials – lawmakers making laws in return for favors, distorting the economy in favor of the established, and against the innovator.

But, based on the example of our house, the Italian people compensate for this corruption by creating their own networks that cut the government out of the loop. These networks are intensely personal – a man or woman is a as good as his or her word.

So the Italians have disintermediated their government, and that’s how Fiat is reborn, Ferrari is Ferrari, and why so many of the world’s top-class machinery comes from Italy.

Brits governments aren’t as corrupt as Italy’s, but much more destructive.

Brit schools are dreadful, their health care is among the worst in Europe, their crime levels would make a New Yorker blanch, large parts of the population lives off the state on dreadful sink estates, and their administration preys on the weak and law abiding.

This problem won’t go on forever, and eventually the Brits will dump their incompetent elites. But that could take a long time, and run the risk of subsequent dictatorship, as in 1649.

Disintermediation cuts the creeps out of the loop without bloodshed – because the Brit state is so weak, it’s powerless against any mass movement. So Brits can just go ahead and run their own schools, look after their own families, administer their own justice.

Italy shows that, unlike modern Britain, this works.


2 Responses to Our Italian Job

  1. dearieme says:

    You talk as if the British population were still British.

  2. gandalf says:


    You’re right, and it isn’t.

    But I’m getting too depressing, and will try to lighten things up.

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