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Airbnb e il Potere Antifascista del Mercato
Di Logan Marie Glitterbomb. Originale pubblicato il 13 agosto 2017 con il titolo Airbnb and the Power of Anti-Fascist Markets. Traduzione di Enrico Sanna. L’antifascismo è multiforme. Ci sono gli ultrapatriottici che riecheggiano la Seconda Guerra Mondiale, gli attivisti del III% che hanno messo sotto assedio Identity Evropa in Texas, il black bloc che ha…
Airbnb and the Power of Anti-Fascist Markets
Anti-fascism comes in all shapes and forms. Whether it be the ultra-patriotic types harking back to the legacy of WWII, the III% who put that Identity Evropa kid in a chokehold in Texas, the black bloc protester who punched out Richard Spencer, the antifa rioters who trashed Milo’s events, the programmers who are letting us…
Austin involuntariamente promove serviços open source
Em um referendo do mês passado, a cidade de Austin, no estado americano do Texas, rejeitou uma medida para reverter as regulações municipais dos serviços de “ride-sharing”. Embora os principais apoiadores das regulamentações tenham sido os monopólios de taxistas (que se ressentiam de ter que competir com outros monopólios proprietários como o Uber e o…
Austin Inadvertently Promotes Open-Source Ride-Sharing
Austin voters, in a referendum last month, rejected a measure to overturn local regulations of so-called “ride-sharing” services. Although the main backing for the regulations was the legacy taxicab monopolies (which resented having to compete with even proprietary monopolies like Uber and Lyft), the result of leaving them in place has been to promote the…
Which Way for the Gig Economy?
The so-called “sharing economy” is sometimes also called the “gig economy” — arguably a more accurate term, because “sharing economy” carries overtones of cooperation and mutuality that are (to say the least) grossly misleading. In the case of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft it’s misleading because it suggests the direct sharing of rides between…
Does the Union Make Uber Strong?
With its recent 9-0 vote, Seattle’s City Council decided to extend collective bargaining rights to Uber and Lyft drivers. The App-Based Drivers Association (ABDA) lobbied for the outcome in collaboration with a local Teamsters union. Reactions to the decision have been split along the usual, predictable lines. Lyft claimed in an official statement that the ordinance threatens…
Autogestão horizontal: A única “regulação” de que precisamos
Uma critica comum dos progressistas à chamada “economia compartilhada” — representada por empresas como o Uber, o Lyft e o Airbnb — é que se trata de um setor desregulado. Isso presume, evidentemente, que os sistemas de regulamentação, como os dos táxis, existem para “servir ao bem-estar público” e não simplesmente para garantir o lucro…
Horizontal Self-Governance — The Only “Regulation” We Need
A common liberal or “progressive” criticism of so-called “sharing economy” entities like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb (usually appearing in venues like Salon or Alternet) is that they’re “unregulated.”   This implicitly assumes, of course, that regulations like the taxi medallion system exist for some idealistic purpose of serving the “public welfare” and not simply guaranteeing…
Uber Delenda Est
About six months ago, when Uber was first becoming a visible national controversy, I wrote a column (“One Cheer for Uber and Lyft” C4SS, May 16, 2014) in which I argued that Uber, despite being a genuine example of neither peer-to-peer (p2p) nor sharing, was a step in the right direction because it offered at…
Capital Uber Alles?
In Seattle, St. Louis and elsewhere, “ridesharing” services such as Uber and Lyft are causing a kerfuffle. These services, which allow users to submit orders via a smartphone app that are then filled by individuals driving their own cars, run afoul of long-standing regulations requiring the special licensing of taxis by municipal authorities. These licenses,…
One Cheer for Uber and Lyft
A lot of recent libertarian commentary has treated Uber and Lyft as the greatest thing since Bitcoin and 3D-printed guns. On the other hand, a lot of critics — including not only liberals but anarchists who should know better — have demonized it as a corporate gentrification tool straight out of the fever dreams of…
Barriere all’Ingresso e Finte Scarsità
Da decenni i regolamenti sui taxi sono un esempio da manuale di come le norme governative creino artificialmente barriere, rendite e lavoro salariato. Oltre ad una serie di normative di stampo proibitivo che arrivano a definire anche il colore dei calzini di un tassista, il sistema dei “medaglioni” (come sono chiamate le licenze dei taxi…
As barreiras à entrada no mercado e a escassez artificial
Há décadas as regulamentações de táxi têm sido excelentes exemplos de como a proteção do governo cria privilégios, rendimentos artificiais e estimula o trabalho assalariado. Além do grande conjunto de regulamentações que definem até a cor das meias dos motoristas, o sistema de “praças” limita dramaticamente o número de táxis nas grandes cidades, ao mesmo…
Barriers to Entry and Fake Scarcities
For decades taxi regulations have served as the textbook example of government regulations creating artificial enclosures, rents, and wage labor. In addition to a host of prohibitous regulations that even extend to the color of a driver’s socks, the “medallion” system dramatically limits the number of taxi in major cities while at the same time…
Uber and Lyft are the Best New Thing for Poor, Urban Communities
Around the country, consumers are greeting newly arrived rideshare and taxi alternative companies like Lyft and Uber with fanfare. Some people, though, aren’t so happy. Taxi companies, for example, are lobbying city and local governments to heavily regulate and outright ban these services from the streets — ostensibly for “safety” reasons. One group in Seattle…
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