Steven Hill - Raw Deal: How the "Uber Economy" and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Currently a senior fellow with New America, Hill is a long-time journalist and commentator. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, the BBC, C-Span, and many other outlets. In his fifth book, the author of Europe’s Promise takes a hard look at new businesses like Uber, Airbnb, and TaskRabbit—and finds them wanting. Arguing against the sharing economy as a model, Hill shows how this libertarian economy is unfair to workers, who are less likely to be full-time employees and more likely to work as contractors—meaning they hire themselves out for small jobs at low compensation. A fairer deal for America’s labor force, which also faces displacement from robots and automation, Hill suggests, is an economic model focused on the individual, not the workplace.

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