What has Salon does this time, and are we sure it’s not the Salon parody account? It’s published a piece entitled, “Why Uber must be stopped,” noting that the app-driven ride sharing service “is proving to be the embodiment of unrestrained hyper-capitalism.”
Pretty much. What writer Andrew Leonard is trying to say is this, whatever this means:
Whichever side you fall on, the story is fascinating. There’s little doubt that Uber is the closest thing we’ve got today to the living, breathing essence of unrestrained capitalism. This is like watching Andrew Carnegie or John D. Rockefeller in action. This is how robber barons play. From top to bottom, the company flaunts a street-fighter ethos.
The real question we should be asking ourselves is this: What happens when a company with the DNA of Uber ends up winning it all? What happens when the local taxi companies are destroyed and Lyft is crushed? When Uber has dominant market position in every major city on the globe? “UberEverywhere” isn’t a joke. It’s a mantra, a call to arms, a holy ideology.
So, in short, Uber’s doing pretty well?
For an even more detailed takedown of Salon’s piece, be sure to check out Steven Hayward’s post at Powerline, “Uber Meets Liberalism Uber Alles,” complete with historical context:
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These greedy Wright brothers are threatening to upend city-to-city rail service with their dangerous flying contraptions . . . Wait, what? You mean the railroads were the original Robber Barons? Oh, never mind. . .