Die Zeit: The future of work in a social democracy

by Steven Hill, Die Zeit, May 25, 2016

(German language version, “Vorwärts, Genossen”)

One of the puzzles of the post-global recession is the ongoing electoral weakness of many center-left political parties. One would think that with so many voters worried about their future, they would naturally gravitate toward parties...

American Prospect: How to Fix Social Security? Expand It

by Steven Hill, American Prospect, May 12, 2016

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.

(Excerpt from the author’s new book, “Expand Social Security...

Handelsblatt: Germany’s false envy of Silicon Valley “startups”

By Steven Hill, Handelsblatt, April 21, 2016

(German language PDF version,Deutschlands falscher Neid aufs Silicon Valley,” online version here)  

As I travel around Germany, from the giant messe of Hannover and Frankfurt to the digital incubators of Berlin, I hear a near-constant refrain: “Germany needs more startup...

Salon: Good riddance, gig economy: Uber, Ayn Rand and the awesome collapse of Silicon Valley’s dream of destroying your job

By Steven Hill, Salon, March 27, 2016

The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” companies that have sprung up as part of the so-called sharing...

Sierra: IS THE SHARING ECONOMY TRULY GREEN?

By Steven Hill, Sierra, March 14, 2016

Sarah and Jorge both love Uber. They dig everything about ithow quickly it arrives, especially compared to San Francisco’s crummy taxi service, and the efficiency of the app, which allows them...

Handelsblatt: Curse and blessing: How Germany can play a leading role in the new high-tech era

By Steven Hill, Handelsblatt, February 26, 2016

(German language PDF version, Fluch und Segen,” online version here (paywall)

Many Germans I have spoken to are puzzled by the US presidential election, and the controversial rhetoric used by some leading candidates. It is hard to believe that these candidates are running for...

Spotlight: A New Safety Net for the New Economy

By Steven Hill, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, February 10, 2016

For decades following the New Deal, most workers had a single employer who provided their safety net. But now tens of millions of workers are working in a high-tech economy for multiple businesses, either as contractors, freelancers, temps,...

Observer: Why Driverless Cars Will Screech to a Halt

By Steven Hill, Observer, February 9, 2016

The liability and regulatory issues involved in letting a 3000 pound death machine steer itself with no human at the controls remain huge

Elon Musk’s Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr....

Tagesspiegel: Good Jobs — threatened by the Internet

By Steven Hill, Tagesspiegel, February 5, 2016

German version, Gute Jobs – Durch Das Internet Bedroht

What is the future of work, and the future of jobs? For the last several decades, the workers of Germany, the US and Europe have been the most productive and wealthiest in the world.…

C-SPAN: Book discussion on Steven Hill’s Raw Deal

By Steven Hill, C-SPAN, January 2016

Steven Hill talks with New York Times columnist Eduardo Porter about his book Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers, in which he examines the shift in the U.S. workforce with the rise of companies such as...