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The Uber Wars or: Why We Need a New Politics of Distribution

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  1. Michae says:

    Great and well-written article. Goes against the social media meme brought to you courtesy of the offshore-based uber.
    Clearly, uber is great to the same degree as crime pays while unpunished.
    Uber single-handedly destroyed thousands of small transportation businesses – not because of technology – but because
    these small businesses had to pay all municipal and regulatory expenses which Uber simply refused to pay.
    Innovation? No really. Cronyism and well-sponsored scheme orchestrated by offshore oligarchs standing behind ride-sharing.

  2. Brett Bellmore says:

    This might give the impression that the people Uber supposedly harms are the drivers. But, the drivers could, with their personal cars, make more money through Uber. It’s the medalion owners that Uber is hurting economically. The people who are making money, not by providing a valuable service, but by owning the privilege of providing it, and renting that privilege out to the drivers at an enormous markup.

    “but because these small businesses had to pay all municipal and regulatory expenses which Uber simply refused to pay.”

    Or, to put it another way, Uber gets people from one place, to another, cheaply, but does so without politicians getting their cut. And THAT is Uber’s crime. Not enough payola.

    • laughtiger says:

      What Uber and similar models do is push more of the cost and risk onto drivers. Yes, that can and does hurt them financially. As for medallion systems, those only exist in some cities, they are not typical of most taxi jurisdictions.

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