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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Ce que cache le « tous entrepreneurs »

by Sébastien Crépel

Hidden behind the “we are all entrepreneurs”

Translated Monday 16 January 2017, by Anne Sanders

Editorial by Sébastien Crépel:“ Behind the illusion looms a future of extreme insecurity for each of us, a future which holds the destruction of collective rights in favour of outmoded “tough measures”, deregulation for the profit of others, and a series of cuts to taxes and contributions on the wealth and on the income and property of the wealthiest in the name of prioritising “investment” in the so-called innovative sectors.”

Like every technological revolution, the digital revolution has this in common with those that preceded it, that it can produce the very best and the very worst. In the everyday life of the workers, its effects can already be felt, not always positively. The “Uber-used”, as they call themselves, the drivers of VTC who are in conflict with the platforms that exploit them without valuing them, can testify to that.

Will not the future provided for millions of employees by this tool -the Internet- increasingly resemble the present of these “independent workers”, who have no guaranteed rights, working hours or pay? That is the risk, unless there is an urgent undertaking of the essential work of demystifying the political projects of the modern-day reactionary Guizot types who are resurrecting the desire to “become millionaires” thanks to the digital economy. For behind the illusion- since it is obviously an illusion, unless you can content yourself with just “fancying” it, to take the author of the slogan at his word, and that nuance is not a slight one- looms a future of extreme insecurity for each of us, a future which holds the destruction of collective rights in favour of outmoded “tough measures”, deregulation for the profit of others, and a series of cuts to taxes and contributions on the wealth and on the income and property of the wealthiest, in the name of prioritising “investment” in the so-called innovative sectors.

This is what is hiding behind the ideology of “we are all entrepreneurs” held in common by the upfront Right and the Right which is concealed. This is an ideology which showcases the success story of start-up business, forgetting its failures and costs in terms of the mess of private and public finance. There are four months left to show that the Internet can be synonymous with progress at work for the sharing of productivity gains and the creation of new jobs: a 32 hour working week, job security and training for all. And to show that, without a doubt, the dream of the poor is not the poor dream of Macron, former economy minister.


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