What?s Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

Category: Book
By (author): Slee, Tom
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
Publisher: Between the Lines
Published: February 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*

The news is full of their names, supposedly the vanguard of a rethinking of capitalism. Lyft, Airbnb, Taskrabbit, Uber, and many more companies have a mandate of disruption and upending the ?old order??and they?ve succeeded in effecting the ?biggest change in the American workforce in over a century,? according to former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

But this new wave of technology companies is funded and steered by very old-school venture capitalists. And in What?s Yours Is Mine, technologist Tom Slee argues the so-called sharing economy damages development, extends harsh free-market practices into previously protected areas of our lives, and presents the opportunity for a few people to make fortunes by damaging communities and pushing vulnerable individuals to take on unsustainable risk.

Drawing on original empirical research, Slee shows that the friendly language of sharing, trust, and community masks a darker reality.

From The Publisher*A takedown of the ?sharing economy?
Review Quote*

"[A superbly argued book."

Review Quote*

"In What?s Yours Is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy, Tom Slee, an author and blogger who also works in the software business, delivers a smart and searing critique of a business that people are only just beginning to think about in a serious way… . What makes his book hit harder than the endless expanses of online commentary is that Slee realises it isn?t just a matter of theory."

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" … his clear style, knowledge of his subject, and comprehensive bibliography make What?s Yours is Mine a must-read."

Biographical Note

Tom Slee writes about technology, politics, and economics and in the last two years has become a leading critic of the sharing economy. He has a PhD in theoretical chemistry, a long career in the software industry, and his book No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart is a game-theoretical investigation of individual choice that has been used in university economics, philosophy and sociology courses. He lives in Waterloo, Canada and blogs at www.tomslee.net.