Anxiety about the future

Norwegian opinion piece in Klassekampen. Translated using Google Translate.

It is short between debates about sharing economy currently. The discussion is important, but it is spread much confusion. A good example is Svein Moss remark to me in class struggle yesterday, where he claimed that sharing economy “is a way to put the underground economy […] in the system.”

Hans Christian Holte, Director of Tax Administration, said on NRK debate Thursday following about this statement: “The answer is very simple: This site does not differ from the other parts of the economy.” Holte stated that since all payments done digitally, it’s easy to gain insight into your earnings.

Rather than speculate on whether the driver taxes, I hope we can use the time to discuss the more interesting aspect of the question: what does it take society forward? Where would we, and how can we regulate the sharing economy to get there?

Mossige alleges that Uber phenomenon is not innovative in itself. Said the same technology pessimists in his time about the introduction of e-mail. They could not at that time understand how it could be possible to deliver mail for $ 0, – or why it would be necessary at all. Today we know that the international productivity gains over the last 30 years would have been impossible without the Internet.

Private Cars standstill 95 percent of the time, and here we are offered a new phenomenon that gives the dead time value – that simply creates value outbred nothing. This in turn makes it possible to produce fewer cars. Sharing economy is about creating value, where it previously was not any. It is thus possible to increase the nation’s GDP, without new acquisitions. To not recognize solutions such as innovation, such Mossige do, do not change the debate – it limits only the ability to see all the possibilities.

Having said that, I mean not sharing economy first companies are not blameworthy. There are many problems, that US companies can dictate wages and working conditions in Norway. The challenge is to devise regulations that safeguard the rights labor movement has worked out, while simultaneously creating a space where sharing economy can flourish. The country manages to find this balance, will have a springboard into the future.

Perhaps the Norwegian model be the perfect foundation for regulating the sharing economy. Then labor movement stop letting the right side set the agenda and instead join the debate and shape the sharing economy’s life.

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