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As Drivers Live in Their Cars Due to Poverty Wages, Uber Co-Founder Buys Record-Breaking $72.5 Million Mansion

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/03/drivers-live-their-cars-due-poverty-wages-uber-co-founder-buys-record-breaking-725


As a person who never uses Uber, this is rather surprising news. I knew the wages were low, but I never knew the owners were making so much money.

Yes, very much a sign of the times in modern America, very much a shame.


let’s face it: everyone’s going to be classified as an “independent contractor” in the future. Code word for, “slave”.



Bernie has been telling us about Wealth Inequality since 2015, and it’s still an integral part of his campaign. Every Company is doing it, not only the ones on the Stock Exchange. Pay Slavery is everywhere as we Feed their sick system. What I don’t understand is why anyone would live in their car and still work at that company? What would happen if Uber had no drivers, Amazon had no workers, Kids stopped flipping McDonald Burgers? A Countrywide Rebellion against any Employer who refuses to pay a livable wage, is the only answer. I know this will never happen, but it’s the only solution.


“Winter is Coming!”
Pretty dismal outlook for common labor all across the globe.


Of course this is the case with corporations such as Über, Amazon, et al. It’s also odd that a San Francisco-based corporation would take a German word for the name of their company and then sanitize it by removing the Umlaut. Very disrespectful. But that’s typical of English. Disrespecting the words of international languages by removing the Umlaut or correct accent marks. Why didn’t they choose an English word if there were so offended by authentic German? Or do they really not know any better? (Willful-ignorance).


“Yes, very much a sign of the times in modern America…”

I’m not sure this is happening throughout the rest of the hemisphere (America: North America, Central America, South America). Rank greed is especially a US thing.


Let’s be able to hail taxicabs again. … hitching rides with strangers should be only available with the thumb.



Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.

  • Frederick Douglass

“At least share that wealth with the people who have actually built your company.”

This needs to be hammered home again and again to the American people. Those companies are nothing but a figment of the imagination in some entrepneur’s mind without the workers.


From the article:

“Uber driver and labor organizer Karim Bayumi said Camp’s mansion was purchased with
‘our hard-earned money that they are unjustly taking from us.’”

‘It’s exploitation,’ Bayumi said."

Finally, the E-word returns to labor organizing, and not a minute too soon.

“Socialism never took root in the United States, because its workers see themselves, not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
–Ronald Wright (or John Steinbeck, depending on which source you believe)


“Socialism never took root in the United States, because its workers see themselves, not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
–Ronald Wright (or John Steinbeck, depending on which source you believe)

Never heard that one before. Perfect.
couldn’t help myself


Besides the grotesque exploitation of workers, the other problem with Uber & Lyft is that they add tens of thousands of moving cars into rush hour in every city they invade…desperate schmucks trolling for a fare. The result is increased congestion, slower commutes for everyone, more pollution, more greenhouse gases.

Not to mention these drivers are all looking at their cell phones for the next pick up or for directions, & therefore making the roads more dangerous.

No sensible city government would allow them.

Which is why they are ubiquitous.


Like i say:

“The Looting Class.”

These narcissistic egos did not “earn” trillions because of their “entrepreneurial spirit.” They are stealing trillions in a rigged system.

We need an economy designed to work for the ecology and humanity; not an economy designed (yes, it is DESIGNED, it’s not “natural,” the economy is structured) “To Serve Man” to predatory sociopaths.


Uber doesn’t make money, it has yet to post profits. The co founders and other investors made money when it went public and they sold or borrowed against the value of their shares. Uber drivers are not paid wages, they get a cut of each ride.

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The house was purchased with money earned by selling stock or borrowing against the value of that stock. Uber’s main business, currently ride share, losses money. Her statement is factually incorrect.

Another example of the wealthy class sticking it to the people at the bottom and building their wealth off of low wage workers.


Oh blah blah blah, however you and other spin-meisters work hard to twist the rigging in order to “justify” a tiny uber-class “owning” half the world while the vast majority of everyone else struggles.

Happy impending collapse, hope your words are of some comfort to you.

EDIT: As i’ve written many times here: The investor-owned, limited-liability corporation needs to be ABOLISHED. It is designed to be a predatory colonizing tool for looting wealth to a tiny minority.

The Silicon Valley uber-class blathers a lot about “disruption” as a great benefit of their predatory colonizing model. Great! Now we’ve “disrupted” the Ecology of the Earth! Let’s see how that plays out to the benefit of all!


These People living in their cars or wherever, know where this guys’ Mansion is… Give him a well deserved “Welcome to the neighborhood party” …

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another false statement