Steven Hill

Steven Hill is a journalist-in-residence at the Berlin Social Science Center and former senior fellow at New America. He is the author of seven books, most recently The Startup Illusion: How the Internet Economy Threatens Our Welfare (in German) and Raw Deal: How the "Uber Economy" and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers.

Recent Articles

Uber in Trouble Again

Uber whistleblowers reveal more scandal

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(Photo: AP/Seth Wenig) Uber drivers and supporters rally at an Uber office in New York City on February 1, 2016. E verybody knows that for decades Big Tobacco profited from deception and clever marketing. The companies even conducted their own studies and concluded—surprise, surprise—that tobacco was a safe product with no link to cancer. Now Uber has been caught in a similar ruse. The new revelation, tucked away inconspicuously inside a New York Times story , hasn’t received as much attention as a string of other high profile Uber scandals that has recently shaken the company to its core. But it is perhaps even more significant in its overarching import. The first Uber scandal came about as a result of the Trump administration's ban on Muslim immigrants in late January. In New York City, a taxi strike was launched by Muslim taxi drivers as a protest against the ban. Uber announced that it would suspend “price surging” in the immediate area, which effectively lowered its prices...

How to Fix Social Security? Expand It

Proposals abound to overhaul the Social Security system via means-testing, raising the retirement age, or price adjustments. But the real solution to a fairer, more stable retirement system is Social Security expansion.

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(Photo: AP/Matt Rourke) Demonstrators form a symbolic chain to protest against a proposed change in the formula for determining annual Social Security benefits, known as chained CPI, on July 2, 2013, in Philadelphia. Below is an adapted excerpt from Expand Social Security Now! How To Ensure Americans Get the Retirement They Deserve by Steven Hill, published by Beacon Press on May 10, 2016. I ncreasing numbers of workers now find themselves on shaky ground, turned into freelancers, temps, contractors, and part timers. Even many professional jobs are experiencing this precarious shift. Within a decade, it’s been estimated that nearly half of the 145 million working Americans could be impacted, turned into so-called “independent workers” with little job security, insufficient safety-net supports, and poor wages. Add to that new anti-worker methods such as “just-in-time” scheduling and the steamroller of automation, robots, and artificial intelligence already replacing millions of workers...