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Gig Economy Paving the Road to Serfdom

The Most Revolutionary Act

Why Courts Across the World Are Ruling That the Gig Economy Is Paving the Road to Serfdom
By Marshall Auerbach

This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute

The tech industry buzzword “gig” has distracted society from important questions about the gig economy that are surprisingly traditional: whether a business has employees or contractors, and how it can avoid payroll taxes and legal liability. Countless Silicon Valley business models have been built under the guise of gigs, Uber and Lyft two of the best known cases, which is ironic considering that for all of their high-tech pretensions, at the core both are taxi and food delivery services. But with state governments like California facing increasing revenue shortfalls and an estimated 57 million gig workers in the United States noting a lack of employer protections and fair wages, the matter has shifted…

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