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Dec. 15, 2019 Blumbers

Teen Decade: Gig Economics

Most people can see growing inequality right in front of them. Everybody may have a job, or several jobs, but they are underpaid. The gig economy businesses that survive do so on the margins. AirBnB survives because people cannot afford a hotel room. Uber survives because people cannot afford a car. There are also very good reasons to regulate economic activity. There is a reason you want a licensed cab driver. There is a reason you want to stay at a licensed hotel. Insurance and inspections are good if there is an accident or fire. If your business model cannot afford theses precautions then you should work toward creating a society where you can. 

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Sep. 16, 2013 The New Yorker

On Sep. 16, 2013 The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki wrote “Uber Alles”about the hype surrounding the sharing economy. Millennials are so mired in student debt they will never be able to have a middle class lifestyle of owning cars or houses. The response has been Uber and Airbnb, where companies supply a service and you get no money or benefits in your struggle to stay alive. This is not sustainable. Real jobs and real pay lead to real growth.

Andrew Marantz wrote “Unreality Star” about people who think they are in their own “Truman Show”. Maybe they are being watched right now. :-)

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