Fwd: [ PFIR ] The "Sharing Economy" Is the Problem

Sean Lynch seanl at literati.org
Thu Jul 21 18:47:50 PDT 2016

People renting out entire houses as investments on Airbnb are just a
reflection of the fact that the hotel business is a racket. Don't blame
Airbnb; they're just the messenger. Likewise Uber and taxis. Both
organizations take power away from the rent-seekers and by proxy the
government. Yes they are still centralized and self-interested, but the
real bad guys here are the corrupt city and state governments that are in
bed with the hoteliers and taxi companies. Get rid of the special
privileges (regulatory barriers etc) and Uber and Airbnb's profit margins
would be much lower.

On Sat, Dec 12, 2015, 10:54 Tomas Overdrive Petru <tpetru at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 09.12.15 23:14, Rayzer wrote:
> > The problem with the "Sharing Economy" is that it only shares with other
> > people involved in that 'economy' and excludes others. That's feudal,
> > and Feudalist sharing is NOT sharing for the benefit of a whole
> > community. It's sharing for the benefit of a few.
> Something feels here like sand in cogwheel... so what? So we have
> invented we can share our resources, which is positive from social side
> same as from ecological.
> Now we should decide if to kill whole idea for everybody, or just create
> new market, where you can fight to win?
> Where is bonus of NOT to allow sharing of cars as business?
> I have been in some countries where no such thing as public transport
> does really exists and this model is there on voluntary and kapitalistic
> basic for years and why not.
> In our country to get cab, like one from that approved companies is
> usually ... stupid. They will rob you, they will dictate their rules,
> what you can and what you can't. It is closed market without any
> progress for years.
> I do expect argument, that legal taxi at least pay taxes and some social
> security and all that. You can be sure, they know town or city and they
> know how to drive.
> Hmm. OK, one correct thing is, that they are doing special driving
> license to be allowed to drive cab. That is all.
> Price is 40% higher than Uber, service is usually much worse and even
> Prague as city is not able to get a rid of this taxi mafia. Czech people
> do not need taxi, because we can easily get a bus, tram, trolleybus,
> train ... wherever we want, so they are just robbing tourists. Uber and
> simillar services can just easily kill this sh*t by just creating free
> market possibility.
> Regards,
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