Uber and Lyft threw a tantrum and pulled out of Austin, Texas after voters upheld city regulations requiring background checks and fingerprinting for their drivers. A huge reason for the growth in Silicon Valley is reclassifying labor as “free stuff.” Users create content for free, contractors work without benefits, artists get pennies, if anything, when their work is streamed, and Silicon Valley turns their efforts into profits for venture capitalists and shareholders.
It’s not just start-ups, either. The constant demand for growth from shareholders makes responsible sustainability impossible.
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