Powerful piece over at truthout, ‘The Gig Economy’ Is the New Term for Serfdom by Chris Hedges. In it, the Pulitzer Prize winning Hedges argues that the so-called Gig Economy is just another means by which capitalism, and capitalists, exploit the rest of us. He looks at Lyft and Uber and other such companies to argue that “Corporate capitalism is establishing a neofeudal serfdom in numerous occupations, a condition in which there are no labor laws, no minimum wage, no benefits, no job security and no regulations. Desperate and impoverished workers, forced to endure 16-hour days, are viciously pitted against each other.”
Hedges flat out says that the capitalist class is out to get us, and that some kind of coherent action is needed to pull their fangs. He says, “The ruling capitalists will be as vicious as they were in the past. Nothing enrages the rich more than having to part with a fraction of their obscene wealth. Consumed by greed, rendered numb to human suffering by a life of hedonism and extravagance, devoid of empathy, incapable of self-criticism or self-sacrifice, surrounded by sycophants and leeches who cater to their wishes, appetites and demands, able to use their wealth to ignore the law and destroy critics and opponents, they are among the most repugnant of the human species. Don’t be fooled by the elites’ skillful public relations campaigns…or by the fawning news celebrities on corporate media who act as courtiers and apologists for the oligarchs. These people are the enemy.”
A powerful piece, indeed. Let’s hope that Hedges is wrong in believing the obscenely wealthy will never compromise. If he isn’t…
Well, things could get pretty ugly.