Steven Hill

The future of work is here — and disturbing surveillance is raising alarm bells

The future of work is here, ushered in by a global pandemic. But is it turning employment into a Worker’s Paradise of working at home? Or more of a Big Brother panopticon?

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Here Is a Bold Idea for Hillary - Voters Will Love It

Hillary Clinton is ahead in the polls, but it's more due to Donald Trump’s many blunders than excitement with Clinton. She is benefiting at the moment from being the anti-Trump, but her campaign is badly in need of a bold issue that fires the imagination of voters. Otherwise, if Trump stops the bloopers and regains his economic populism, this race could tighten very quickly.

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Uber Is a Nightmare: They’re Selling a Big Lie and the New York Times Keeps Buying It

Uber has been slowly rolling out its latest “trust me, I’m saving the world” product, this one a service that allows its Uber-taxis to pick up multiple passengers in serial fashion. Much like a commercial airport shuttle, strangers share part of the same ride and pay a reduced fare for just their part of the ride. It’s called UberPool, as in carpool, and CEO Travis Kalanick touted its alleged environmental and labor positives in a recent interview with the New York Times, saying that “reducing traffic was part of Uber’s mission.” If true, this is a welcome change from the CEO whose previously stated mission was to flood the streets with Uber cars to win his war for market share with Big Taxi and ridesharing competitor Lyft.

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The 'Uber Model' Isn't Working: Why Silicon Valley's Dream of Destroying Your Job Won't Become Reality

The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” companies that have sprung up as part of the so-called sharing economy have become just another way to deliver more expensively priced conveniences to those with enough money to pay. Ironically many of these Ayn Rand-inspired startups have been kept alive by subsidies of the venture capital kind which, for various reasons, are starting to dry up. Without that kind of “VC welfare,” these companies are having to raise their prices, and are finding it increasingly difficult to retain enough customers at the higher price point. Consequently, some of these startups are faltering; others are outright failing.

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The Sharing Economy? Or the Share-the-Crumbs Economy?

In the aftermath of the economic collapse in 2008, a significant factor in the decline of the quality of jobs in the United States, as well as in Europe has been employers’ increasing reliance on “non-regular” workers — a growing army of freelancers, temps, contractors, part-timers, day laborers, micro-entrepreneurs, gig-preneurs, solo-preneurs, contingent labor, perma-lancers and perma-temps. It’s practically a new taxonomy for a workforce that has become segmented into a dizzying assortment of labor categories. Even many full-time, professional jobs and occupations are experiencing this precarious shift.

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Airbnb Is Contributing to the Displacement of Long-Term Tenants in San Francisco

The following is an excerpt from the new book  Raw Deal by Steven Hill (St. Martin's Press, 2015): 

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America Ranks 98th in the World? The Shocking Dismal Number of Women in Elected Office

This article originally appeared in The Nation, and is reprinted here with their permission.

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Don't Cut Social Security -- Double It

This article originally appeared at The Atlantic.

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