by George Leef
Leading leftist “thinkers” like Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio have blasted Uber, which is a service that many of their presumed “base” voters use and gives lots of ordinary people an opportunity to make more money using property they own (a vehicle). What’s wrong with that?
In this CafeHayek post, Don Boudreaux offers an excellent insight (which he attributes to a young colleague): the left doesn’t want ordinary people turning their consumption goods (cars) into capital goods. The more they do that, the more they are apt to realize that the mega-state is not their friend, but actually their enemy. Scurrilous pols like Clinton and de Blasio need throngs of voters who look to them for their needs and wants. Innovations like Uber threaten to peel those voters away.