France Taxi Riots

Last Gasp in Paris

Writing in Hypervocal in March, Havas Media’s Tom Goodwin opened with a jarring observation. “Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles,” he wrote. “Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.” The old ways that are not already dead are dying. Those organisms that thrived in a bygone period must evolve or go extinct. But rather than go gentle, those who were for so long coddled by a state that insulated them from life’s harsher realities have opted to rage violently in response to their suddenly suboptimal circumstances.

  • Frau Katze

    Sneak peak of the future as computer-assisted items like Uber cause more and more people to lose their jobs?

    • We have had anti-Uber protests in Toronto but so far they have not been violent.

      Who will need taxis when we all have self driving cars?

      • Exile1981

        I don’t trust self driving cars. There is too many ways they can go wrong or be made to go wrong.

        You watch when the cars become available the elites will never adopt them and then you will need to justify owning a non self driving vehicle and only the elite will get those permits.

        • Very possible.

        • John

          Cars needing a driver would perhaps be more difficult to track.

          • Exile1981

            And more difficult to stop. From what I have read the google car has a hardware system that prevents it from coming a certain distance from certain locations of anything transmitting a certain signal. It’s the same system all the new quad copter drones have that prevents them flying near the whitehouse or other select locations.

      • WalterBannon
    • Shebel

      No,no,no– It has eliminated cash for the welfare mongers that won’t lower themselves to carry your DAWG.
      It is a good thing.

  • Shebel

    You could try raging into the NIGHT.
    That should be fun.

  • Jay Currie

    Actually, what we are seeing is the division of the world into the Future and the Past. France’s cities are surrounded by Muslim invaders, its productivity has been strangled by a series of governments which embrace a Greek like set of entitlements. It’s creative and scientific classes (not to mention wealthy) have fled across the English Channel or the Atlantic. the native French population has largely stopped having children. It is embracing its past and it will go under. Much of Europe is in the same position.

    England is in the balance, but it is not looking so terribly good. It is still committed to using windmills to power itself. Sigh.

    The Future is the US, China (perhaps), India and maybe, if we can defeat our leftists – Canada and Australia. Plus a few places like Korea, Japan, Viet Nam and Singapore where business can still be done and innovation continues.

    The one huge hope is that we’ll manage to innovate our way off the planet before innovation is made illegal by leftists and impossible by Jihadis.

    • WalterBannon

      ah, an optimist

      • Jay Currie

        I am actually. Sitting in a bunch of little cubicles, in labs, at advanced 3D printing stations and in materials science facilities there are smart people building the Future. I doubt very many of them realize they are in a race against obscurantism and the delusions of the left; rather they are just getting on with the job of building magic.

        I have a tiny exposure to this in my work. In a few years a few of the strands of materials science, particularily at the nano level, are going to create a revolution which will make the Future cleaner, stronger and deeply more efficient. Think gossamer surfaces ten to a hundred times stronger than steel.

        And this is not just happening in materials science – robotics, bio-tech, artificial intelligence are all coming very close to takeoff points where, short of complete atomic destruction or a manmade plague, there will be no stopping them.

        Where we are not advancing is politically or socially. But that may not matter. If technology becomes cheap enough it may be possible to simply withdraw from the idiocies of the social and political (not to mention the barbarism of Islam).

        The ugly, profoundly socialist statement “We’re all in this together” is a decade or two away from individuals being able to say, “Who is this “we” to whom you refer?” and lock their doors and leave.

        • Brett_McS

          The point is that this technology will make politics (collective decision making) redundant.

        • John

          I tend to agree with your scenario. The First World, at least, will be unrecognizable in 20 years time.

          • WalterBannon

            Yes, but more so because of Muslim colonization.

    • Shebel

      You tell Me why I should believe in anything that the Gov’t says?
      There are wars coming. It is amazing that we amuse our selves with Climate Change and carbon.
      This war–that we deny – will last for a very long time.

      • Jay Currie

        I find very little of what governments say believable. But once you understand that it is terrifically liberating.

        There are several wars on. Some nasty and conventional, some fought hack to hack, computer to computer: the nasty conventional ones matter if you happen to be unlucky enough to be in one. The hacking wars may well be progress in disguise.

        My own sense is that there are two sides: the Future and the Past. The hackers are fighting Future war. The head hackers are demonstrating their inability to deal with any future at all.

        (And I left Israel off my list of Future facing nations. I shouldn’t have.)

        • Shebel

          Why did you leave Israel off in the first place ?
          I don’t think that it matters if you go biblical or logical.

        • Shebel

          I guess I was reading your posts the wrong way. Yes . You are correct.
          The kiddies are fighting future wars.
          We are going to have to fight this one. It is close . It is going to be long and dirty.
          Fact is–We don’t want to be ruled by Islam.
          This war has to be fought.

    • Shebel

      And here -I thought that I was the only crazy one.

    • Brett_McS

      My one-line review of Elysium: Build your own damn space station.

      BTW I could only watch 5 minutes of that: To the point where Matt Damon starts his work day using old manual equipment … in a factory building robots?!?!

    • Brett_McS

      Vietnam? Maybe, but the thing about those countries is that although they can be quite free at a micro level (no helmet laws, no zoning, …) anyone who makes a success and rises above the general level becomes not an inspiration but a target. Crabs in a bucket syndrome.

    • Shebel

      I think that we are going to have to kill them all-first.

    • Shebel

      I just read your pedigree.
      You embrace a very strange mixture of history , fact and fiction.
      I saw the dismal future over 20 years ago.
      Veils and tentacles and POWER—-
      I am not wrong . You are.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Don’t worry. Gas is so expensive in France they’re stop driving cars soon. And after sharia, they’ll use people to pull wagons. It’ll be fine.

  • lolwut?

    The thing about Uber is it’s a predators wet dream.
    There have been tons of assaults and robberies, most of which get next to zero
    traction in the media.