Techdirt Podcast Episode 27: The Rise Of The On-Demand Economy

from the beyond-uber dept

There are a lot of startups out there trying to become the "Uber of..." something, from valet parking to food delivery to dog-walking. But as much as this might look like mere bandwagon-hopping, it actually represents a fascinating and potentially important trend: the emergence of a new, highly efficient and flexible economy based around individuals offering on-demand services.

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Filed Under: economics, on-demand, podcast, valet parking
Companies: luxe, uber, wag


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    Ann D. Further-Moore, 2 Jun 2015 @ 1:34pm

    Capitalist paradise, hell for workers: the "on-demand" economy.

    CWF, RTB* now means Capitalists With Fortunes; Race To Bottom.

    Uber and its "independent" employees who must make capital investments, Amazon's "Mechanical Slave-Driver", Wal-Mart and others forcing people to be on call for perhaps two hours of work, are all simply increasing excesses for the already obscenely rich by lowering living standards for everyone else.

    Didn't use to be that way. Reagan promised tax cuts would be a "rising tide that lifted all boats", but was a neo-con lie. Instead the rich got super-yachts while millions of Americans who work full-time can't get out of poverty, let alone afford to invest in a house.

    If the privileged writer of this article had to ever actually compete in capitalism, he'd think it was slavery. Instead, he's been able to coast along on what workers long ago were able to wrest from the greedy capitalists. Now again working people must wait for capitalist "demands" just like feudal serfs.


    * Some new here may not recognize Masnick's acronym from long ago. Don't bother finding. I use the letters here just for fun.

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