Why is anyone surprised by what’s going on? There are really only five words you need to know to extrapolate this entire mess: Travis Kalanick is an Objectivist.
For those unfamiliar with the term, Objectivism is an extreme-right political and moral philosophy created by Ayn Rand that throws anything and everything that sane people recognize as “morality” out the window in favor of the pursuit of profit above all else and a fixation on personal freedom so wildly extreme that Rand denounced Libertairans as being insufficiently fanatical on the subject.
You may think that this is propaganda — heck, it definitely sounds like it — but it’s nothing more than the truth; Objectivists really are that crazy. Rand actually literally said “the love of money is the root of all good.”
This is a philosophy that takes everything that is broken about modern capitalism, all the horrible, sociopathic abuses of the system that destroy people’s lives, and revels in them, holding them up as The Model To Follow.
And Travis Kalanick is an Objectivist.
Please don’t try to reform Uber; try to destroy it, before it destroys more people.