I have to point you to That’s not a ‘sharing economy’: that’s an invitation to sell your whole life by Philip Delves Broughton in The Spectator. It is the best takedown of the sharing economy I’ve seen. Did you know you can rent out your pets?
Unless you’re a regular reader of the magazine, you should be able to view the piece online. If not, here are a couple of nuggets:
The potential absurdities of the sharing economy stem from the fact that it has little to do with sharing at all. In a genuine sharing economy, we would all be lending and borrowing based on trust. What we call the sharing economy is in fact a transactional economy, one in which everything is commoditised. I don’t simply lend you my lawnmower. I pay to join a service which matches lenders and borrowers of lawnmowers, and each time a lawnmower is lent or borrowed, a price is paid and a commission ka-chunks into the accounts of the matching service. The banner companies of the sharing economy, Uber and Airbnb, do exactly this. They don’t own cars or apartments. They have created a platform where passengers find drivers and renters find property owners. Nothing gets shared. Everything is paid for. This is efficiency under the virtuous guise of sharing.