Ariana Huffington — the founder of the Huffington Post — has marketed herself over the last decade as a populist that fights for better working conditions, better pay, and more accountability from employers. Look, I’m not down with most of the bullshit that progressives harp about, but many of their economic populist arguments are spot on. Many of the left’s populist arguments are so strong that Donald Trump decided to steal them and create a populist wing of the Republican party, which has astoundingly taken over almost out of nowhere.
In this day and age, populist economic arguments just seem make sense to working class Americans, regardless of race, sex — or as Trump has proven, even party affiliation. Today, Ms. Huffington has betrayed her true colors by joining the board of directors of Uber, proving that she doesn’t care about improving working conditions or creating an economy that can provide living wages.
For those who don’t know, Uber is one of the leading forces in advancing the gig economy. Basically, they don’t have any “employees” — instead they sign every employee as private contractors, so Uber doesn’t have to provide any insurance, compensation for wear and tear, insurance, or any benefits. Many drivers barely make anything at all, and the company only survives based on an extremely high turn over rate, and an endless full of useful dupes. Just last week, Uber settled a class action lawsuit in California because they were treating private contractors like employees.
By having private contractors instead of employees, they even get out of paying unemployment insurance for their employees. Uber is essentially an illegal outfit that only operates successfully by a) paying their drivers shit and getting out of all employment responsibilities, b) side-skirting all legal requirements for operating a taxi company and c) undercutting legitimate, law abiding businesses.
The contract-only structure of the company is so evil, that it allowed them to flip the middle finger to California family members of deceased that were killed by an Uber driver on the way to pick someone up. In short, Uber is one of the most destructive forces in American labor, and if trends like this catch on, nobody will have employment benefits or health insurance (except for Obamacare), and nobody will be able to afford to live on their own. Some have predicted that the “gig-economy” which Uber has championed won’t last long, because it’s being sued to death.
Because of all their shitty “employment” practices — and more recently, bad PR from a string of drivers assaulting passengers — Uber has acquired one of the most negative public opinions of any tech company. They are especially reviled by Progressives. So what does a tech company that’s swimming in billions of venture capital — essentially limitless money — but with a horrible image with progressives do? Why, just hire one of the leading progressive voices to christen your ship.
This move is similar to the protection racket that Feminist Frequency runs, where if you hire them to consult on your game, they won’t call it sexist. Ariana wrote about her joining Uber on one of the dying Progressive strongholds: The Huffington Post. Almost every single one of the comments in the comment section was extremely disappointed in her, with one going so far as to say that she “sold her soul to the devil”. One other comment really stood out to me. I’m not able to confirm this story whatsoever, but to me it rings true:
Here’s some other interesting comments: