So I thought I’d share my mind on an article by ‘Salon’ & why “There is no reason Uber should be a for-profit corporation”.
Basically if you are providing all of the services and you are the guy carrying the can as far as insurance and expenses etc
Then, why is Uber not a .coop or not-for-profit organisation that just provides the infrastructure, digitally for Taxi’s ?
The same applies to AirBnB, Lyft etc. & the list goes on.
It it my continued belief that these dot com 2.0 companies are basically keeping Wallstreet happy and until there is a reasonable alternative (with the same peer-reviewing system), and I don’t see with this continuing how socialism, this century, can prosper.
Of course there is a massive overhead of initial setup costs and getting the maps and software sorted.
But geography doesn’t change - and really the service is just a glorified version of an old system.
They haven’t re-invented anything.
I just wonder if something concerning ‘localism’ could be applied to these kind of services. It’s a given that I live in a place that is pretty tiny, but to be honest, I don’t see how this couldn’t get sorted out.
Also, with the onslaught of electric cabs able to cover greater distances with auto-refuelling of battery-cells with Tesla - I honestly think that these services are becoming obsolete in terms of overheads.
So what do you think ? Should these dot-com’s in the service industry be made into coops for local providers ?
And how do the Rochdale Principles associated with coops affect this line of debate ?