End of the Line for Uber

Accounting tricks and tech gimmickry don’t matter when the coffers are empty.

Cory Doctorow
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Published in
8 min readAug 10, 2021

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The sinking mammoth exhibition at the La Brea Tar Pits; next to the doomed pachyderm is the Uber logo, also mired in the tar. Monopoly’s Rich Uncle Pennybags is partially in the bottom left corner of the frame, running away with a bag of money. Image: Tarcil (modified) CC BY-SA: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en

Uber is a bezzle (“the magic interval when a confidence trickster knows he has the money he has appropriated but the victim does not yet understand that he has lost it”). Every bezzle ends.

Uber’s time is up.

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Cory Doctorow
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Writer, blogger, activist. Blog: https://pluralistic.net; Mailing list: https://pluralistic.net/plura-list; Mastodon: @pluralistic@mamot.fr