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Steven Hill

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Steven Hill is a Senior Fellow with the New America Foundation and a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He is author of five books, including the recently published Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers, and the internationally praised Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age, which was selected as one of the “Top Fifteen Books of 2010” by The Globalist. His articles and media interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Financial Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Die Zeit, Nation, Politico, Huffington Post, Salon, Slate, BBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, NPR, PBS, Democracy Now and others.


How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers — and What We Can Do About It

The US workforce is undergoing an alarming transformation. Increasing numbers of workers are being turned into contractors, freelancers, temps and “just-in-time” part-timers. Add to that the steamroller of automation and robots obsolescing millions of jobs, and the picture starts looking grim. Now an insidious mash-up of Silicon Valley technology and Wall Street greed has produced the latest economic fraud: the so-called “sharing economy,” with companies like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit providing ever-smaller jobs (“micro-gigs”) and wages, while the companies profit handsomely in the “share the crumbs” economy.

Author Steven Hill’s Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers (St. Martin’s Press) challenges the hype celebrating this new economy. It shows why the vision of Silicon Valley leaders and their Ayn Rand libertarianism is a dead end. Hill proposes pragmatic policy solutions to transform the US economy and its safety net, launching a new kind of deal to restore power to US workers.