Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Robert Reich: The sharing economy is bunk

From this FB post, showing the downside of  Commons socio-economics when appropriated by capitalists. Rifkin was well aware of this transitional hybrid, but it doesn't negate the entire Commons movement. Therein services like networked rideshares not based in capitalism work quite well. Uber is giving it all a bad name though.

The upside of Reich's piece though is that California ruled that Uber drivers are not independent contractors but employees, and legally entitled to all the rights and benefits thereof. So progressive governments can indeed challenge capitalist appropriation of the Commons and make it at least work better under this transitioning hybrid from one system to the other.

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