Fwd: [ PFIR ] The "Sharing Economy" Is the Problem
zen at freedbms.net
Wed Dec 9 12:54:10 PST 2015
Perhaps this is worth discussion.
Are AirBnB, Uber and Homejoy examples of political anarchism
(degenerate or otherwise)?
Are we seeing the ultimate in self responsibility (I would say self
responsibility is a good thing)?
How might we embrace such self responsibility, whilst also manifesting
collective empathy/ shared 'responsibility' (perhaps there's a better
Is Lauren Weinstein with his indenting style actually Juan in
disguise? Or is it in actual fact the other way around?
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Subject: [ PFIR ] The "Sharing Economy" Is the Problem
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The "Sharing Economy" Is the Problem
It's unfortunate then that these companies and the
misnamed "sharing economy" are really just fronts for
millionaires and billionaires to opportunistically ride off the
backs of everyday people, while also exacerbating many economic
inequalities. Avi Asher-Schapiro explains the truth in Jacobin:
The premise is seductive in its simplicity: people have skills,
and customers want services. Silicon Valley plays matchmaker,
churning out apps that pair workers with work. Now, anyone can
rent out an apartment with AirBnB, become a cabbie through Uber,
or clean houses using Homejoy. But under the guise of
innovation and progress, companies are stripping away worker
protections, pushing down wages, and flouting government
regulations. At its core, the sharing economy is a scheme to
shift risk from companies to workers, discourage labor
organizing, and ensure that capitalists can reap huge profits
with low fixed costs.
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