Steven Hill on KALW: Is the “Uber economy” good or bad for workers

KALW, July 1, 2015

The California Labor Commission recently ruled that one of Uber’s drivers qualifies as an employee rather than an independent contractor. Uber drivers are usually treated as contractors. How should the laws surrounding these services develop? What do we need to know about companies relying...

Europe’s big question: Does it matter if Greece is in?

By Steven Hill, Al Jazeera, February 19, 2015

The current debate, being fought out by Greece and Germany, must start looking at the long term.

As many analysts and observers previously predicted, the eurozone crisis not only is not over, as some European leaders had boasted, but it has returned...

Book review: Will the “rise of the robots” kill human jobs?

By Steven Hill, The National Memo, February 13, 2015

Historically, business leaders and technologists have portrayed new technology as a way to boost labor productivity, exports, and society’s wealth. This has long been considered part of the inevitable and necessary “creative destruction” of capitalist production that, while disruptive in...

Steven Hill on the BBC: The Art of Filibustering

By Steven Hill, BBC, January 3, 2015

The British Broadcasting Corporation explores the Filibuster and how it is used and abused in the US Senate. Political commentator Steven Hill (at 16:34) says it is “one of the greatest threats to US democracy” and a “weapon of mass obstruction” that “completely...

Ferguson in Flames — Steven Hill gives his view

by Steven Hill, ORF (Austrian public broadcasting), November 25, 2014

U.S. political analyst Steven Hill gives his view to Austrian public radio on the acquittal of police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and racial politics in America. (go...

Will Obama Deliver on Deal with China to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

By Steven Hill, China-US Focus, November 17, 2014

Presidents Xi Jingping and Barack Obama recently reached a bilateral agreement to reduce carbon emissions. The landmark agreement, jointly announced in Beijing, includes new targets for carbon emissions reductions of 26 to 28% from the United States by 2025, and a...

Book Review: ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate’ by Naomi Klein

by Steven Hill, The National Memo, November 1, 2014

Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is a call to arms in the global fight to reduce carbon emissions. Her manifesto appeared only...

Compromise for Hong Kong: An Electoral College That Works

By Steven Hill, China-US Focus, October 8, 2014

Watching pro-democracy students take over the streets of Hong Kong raises conflicting feelings. One can’t help but cheer their drive for greater democracy and freedom, yet at the same time remember how similar aspirations were drowned in blood in Beijing’s Tiananmen...

Why Merkel’s Foreign Policy For Eastern Europe Is Failing

By Steven Hill, Social Europe Journal, September 23, 2014

The fragile cease-fire in eastern Ukraine provides an opportunity for political leaders to reflect on how we arrived at this dangerous place of Cold War-like tensions between Russia, Europe and the United States. From Washington DC to Berlin to Warsaw, western...

David Cameron’s Failures And The Great Shrinking

By Steven Hill, Social Europe Journal, September 17, 2014

In Prime Minister David Cameron’s desperate entreaties towards his fellow countrymen in the North, one can hear the resounding bleat of his own policy failures. The theme of Cameron’s tenure has become one of “The Great Shrinking”:  close to losing...