I don’t use Uber and try to discourage others from doing so. I can easily understand how convenient it is and how it can be cost effective as well. But Uber’s existence is part of a growing trend in international business to find ways around having to provide decent wages and benefits to working people. It is a popular example of companies who have workforces of private contractors to whom the companies owe nothing beyond the agreed upon wages in the contract. Neil Irwin, writing in this morning’s New York Times, talks about this frightening practice that is a significant tool in the corporate sponsored attack on the social safety net. Irwin reports that 15.8 percent of American workers are now individual contractors, workers without employer provided health insurance, workers compensation or other employer provider protections. They have no possibility of union representation. They are essentially powerless and completely without means to gain any leverage with their employers. They owe no loyalty to any institution, and no one owes them anything. They are simply on their own in a country without the expansive social insurance programs of some other industrial democracies. Corporate propaganda is saying to America’s young that they must be prepared for this brave new economic world – that they must change jobs and whole careers many times during their work lives. The one hopeful sign I see is that the young are flocking to democratic socialist Bernie Sanders’ campaign, suggesting that they demand a more just society than the one on the horizon.