Exploring how powerful middlemen and complex supply chains have transformed our lives and how to reclaim the community, connection, and meaning lost along the way.


The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of going to the Source

Finance expert, law professor and fellow overwhelmed consumer investigates the surprising ways that middlemen have taken control of the economy at the expense of the rest of us and provides practical guidance about how to regain control, find more meaning, and contribute to a more sustainable econonomy.

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“From the proliferation of farmers’ markets to the rapid expansion of online platforms such as Etsy and Kickstarter, people are choosing to bypass large middlemen in favor of going to the source.”


Kathryn Judge is the Harvey J. Goldschmid Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Her research on financial markets and regulation has been published in top law journals and won accolades from academic peers and industry. She served as a clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Wesleyan University. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in New York City.