Raw Deal

Raw Deal

How the "Uber Economy" and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers

Book - 2015
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"Every day, innovative entrepreneurs pioneer bold economic ideas that change the way we live and work. Companies like Google, Apple, Oracle, Facebook and Twitter aren't the only ones shaping our economic future--there's another trend emerging that will change the ways we work and live. The "sharing economy," or the "collaborative consumption economy," includes companies like TaskRabbit, Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Zaarly, and DocVacay who are purveyors of an economic system that revolves around sharing human and physical resources. This new aspect to the economy, Steven Hill argues, is a dead end for U.S. workers, as well as for the national economy. In Raw Deal, Hill shows the "sharing economy" is a new and troubling component to what is an overall bad economy that undermines workers. Vulnerable freelancers and day laborers hire themselves out for ever smaller jobs and amounts of money, and it is only the companies who hire them who reap the big benefits. Hill argues that we must shift the support for American workers to one that is individual-based rather than workplace-based. Countering the onset of the freelance society and the new economy is the new civil rights and labor struggles of our time. This important book answers these questions and provides pragmatic solutions to adapt our economic system to its new realities, launching a new civil rights struggle capable of transforming the freelance society into a stakeholder society"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2015
ISBN: 9781250071583
Branch Call Number: 331.10973 HIL 2015
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 08, 2015

[Update: If the reader happens to read the book: The Mythology of Work, by Peter Fleming, after reading this, Hill's sentiments and reasoning will become infinitely clearler to you!]
The critique by Publishers Weekly is somewhat on target: Mr. Hill makes many wonderful and concise points, but what he is attacking is the end game of rapacious capitalists, the final trivialization and destruction of the workers.
I once spoke with a Californian transplant in Seattle, attempting to convince her that buying all her books from Amazon severely destroys the local book shop market. She was rather stupid and therefore beyond convincing, believing nothing would be altered if one day Amazon was the only bookseller, et cetera! One corporation, one store, one bank owning them all. [But the author's points and writing are excellent and on target, nonetheless.]

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