Federal Trade Commission Targets Ridesharing and AirBnB

The FTC targets ridesharing but makes it sound plausible by using rhetoric that could mean anything. With Uber offices being raided in Europe, the job of FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez is to make speeches that free the government to take action toward Uber, Airbnb, and others. Thus, the National Journal reports, “FTC Chief Calls for ‘Targeted’ Regulation of Uber, Airbnb.” What kind of targeting? The article explains, “Edith Ramirez is taking a cautious step to rein in ‘sharing economy’ apps.” Obviously, Read more […]

Another Imperial Raid of a Rebel Base: Uber Offices

The raid of the Uber offices in Amsterdam shows that “the free world” is not remotely as free as it likes to posture itself as being. When one thinks of Amsterdam today, as opposed to its older history, one thinks of drug culture, legal marijuana, and an overabundance of sex workers. I don’t doubt that the Dutch pride themselves on being “a free country.” They probably hear about SWAT drug raids in the United States and say to themselves with a feeling of satisfaction, “We don’t Read more […]

Taxi Cabs Can’t Go Bankrupt Too Soon!

Taxi cabs and their governments are acting criminally toward people who are willing to offer rides in their cars for a low price. You have a car but you are “between jobs” and are not making enough income to meet your expenses. So what do you do? One thing you might try is offering your services on the internet to people who want and need your services. If you have a vehicle, one obvious service you can offer is a ride in your car. Another person might have unexpected car repairs that leave Read more […]

Uber Is Our Designated Driver Unless Government Stops It

The government promotes using a designated driver, but politicians are warring against one that is actually reducing drunk driving. You have heard the advice: Have a designated driver. If you are going to be at a party or some other place that you will have to leave from, have a designated driver who won’t drink and will drive you home. But arranging a designated driver is not always easy. In the first place, many people don’t intend to drink too much and then realize that they are not Read more […]

Confirmed: War against Ridesharing is War against Poor

Ridesharing is half as expensive and twice as fast. So politicians want to steal it from us. The study was paid for by Uber, so there will be plenty of denials. But the test looks valid to me: The design could hardly have been simpler; we sent pairs of riders to call for taxi service or use an app to summon UberX for travel along pre-planned routes. The riders recorded how long it took – starting from the moment of picking up the phone or opening the app – before they were actually in a car Read more […]

Commission Destroys Uber as a Viable Business

Uber is a rideshare app that the California Labor Commission has ruled is an employer that owes employment benefits. As the economy get worse, developing new ways of living more cheaply becomes more and more important. Ridesharing technology is one of those revolutionary innovations. I have argued that it has the potential to end the day to day torments that are behind the protests in Ferguson. Taxi Cab companies are even demanding bailouts because of ridesharing services. But now a judge in Read more […]

The Attack on Ridesharing Doesn’t Go Anywhere

Why the attack on ridesharing? Taxi Cab companies are corrupt monopolies that benefit a few in city government and a few who can pay off the city government and are putting transportation out of reach of the poor. So they attack competition. Naturally, a source of corrupt money attracts defenders. So we get this editorial in the Washington Post: “Who will win the ridesharing war? Probably not consumers?” Up until internet based ridesharing was started up, taxi cab companies had government-enforced Read more […]