Why is it that all the people who write about freedom are capitalists? What do socialists have to say about freedom, if anything?
The best thing to do if you get fired is to gather up your worldly possessions and hit the road in search of your next adventure.
Some people make risky choices, just for the thrill of it, but when it comes to work, who chooses to work and who can say they were forced to work by their employer? Yes, this is about Uber again.
You may have read in the news that Uber is guilty of exploiting workers, forcing them to drive when they’d rather be at home resting nicely with their families, and employing ‘psychological tricks’ to mask its inhumane treatment of the drivers. It's grim. 19th century sweated labour conditions, only worse. You’d think we’d have moved on from the days of the dark satanic mills, but no. We are marching backwards and before long it will be exactly like the days of prehistory when everyone was dying of the plague.
In the latest round of talks between Uber and its unhappy drivers, which are currently being conducted under the aegis of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Uber is reduced to arguing that it has done nothing new, nothing innovative, nothing exciting, let alone revolutionary. The nature of their defence is: we deny that there is any such thing as the gig economy, or if there is, we deny that we are part of it.
There's a road, they say, that leads to a very bad place - and it's paved with good intentions.
The concept of job security has four different meanings, in increasing order of regulatory strength:
There are three major problems with trickle-down economics. First, trickles are far too slow and inadequate. Nobody wants a poxy trickle of wealth filtering through to them in the cheap seats down below, drop by fecking drop. Sod that. "Thanks for that trickle!" are the words they will never cry. A waterfall would be more acceptable. Luckily, there is a better and faster way to Get Rich Quick.
The world looks like a rational place, everything functioning according to immutable universal principles, economies growing and people thriving as they experience lives of increasing abundance…until you bring in the twin notions of Justice and Equality. That’s where it all begins to unravel.
Employment ‘at will’ is the idea that a worker can quit at any time for good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all. Similarly the employer can fire any of the workers at any time for good reason, bad reason or no reason at all.