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confrontation, let it be an arms race. this on offense. very dramatic development, only personally and getting to resist. i'll see how that strategy will be successful. very difficult. time. time to sit down and talk with the whole earth catalogue was part of the movement. this publication was created by steward brand, a former biology student, and jack of all trades he wanted to help to middle is find everything they needed to fend for themselves by showing them where to buy all the necessary tools. so weird because right, so these people are going to build farms, but what kind of tools are they take? will they take books? and that's because what people wanted in the communes was not just farm equipment,
but consciousness, equipment. they wanted to change their minds catalog is absolutely central to the counterculture and to the, to the, the commune movement of the late 19 sixty's. but it's also central to silicon valley. they found this world, and they began to reimagined computers as the kinds of tools that the whole earth catalogue had promised. when i was young, there was an amazing publication called the whole earth catalogue, which was one of the bible's of my generation. it was idealistic, overflowing with ne tools and great notions on the back cover of their final issue . were the words stay hungry, stay foolish. it was their farewell message as they signed off, stay hungry, stay foolish. and i have always wished that for myself, you know, when you look at the catalog, it is trying to give you access to goods that will transform your life and it is
trying to be whole. it is trying to literally be the whole world of goods. you can see that now in the amazon world on steroids, amazon is in many ways trying to be the whole world of access to the things you might want to buy in its structure in its interconnections, in its being a global information system to supply goods to make your life better if the catalog on life thanks to the internet, has amazon globalize the ideals of the whole earth catalogue? today, stewart brand, its founder, has a very rich friend, jeff, basis me use the affinity between hippies and wall street stop here.
ah, jeff basis is a libertarian, advocating for small government, he values complete, entrepreneurial freedom, unimpeded by laws and regulations, with amazon burned off the social vision that animated so many in the $960.00 s, the hope of a better world through consumption, through interconnected information systems, that's gone, this has gone to the consumers of amazon and it's gone along with my local bookstores. it's gone along with my local shops, it's gone. the civic world is not something that i see amazon carrying about at all . and i think that's a great shame. i think it's picked up on one on one of the core elements of the horse catalogue, but it's last, whatever, civic and vision animated the catalog. and that's a great shame. me
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before joining amazon, alexander was a soldier in the german army but in the warehouse he was confronted with a ruthless work culture where employees are treated like robots and all that stuff. and that's what comes up when i'm seasoned and mentioned in the past. i've put a time on those who him howard, if michigan says mr. anthony, i think i'll take a log onto the i'm thinking i'll pick it up. so when i incident ticket and i'm protection for patterns on the house, so the home is the thing that can be the hold on. keep in mind i'm talking about the big even size, same house in the home of there's not from the 1000 lives in john law and up i
company she is approved this from seizures. cancer. do you think that most thousands of no, no, no, no, no not. you have a scanner. there's a line that in your where you have to go. when you pack, you have to move the way where a computer stands and this conners and managers and teachers and neither teach you to make so called equation of movement. so you take there, can this have to park like this? and you park in the line and you really have to follow all this movements. there's something new in the sense that you work a machine, but you are also controlled by machines. and this is something scary if you don't follow this, read them off the corporation push on you. you are just not accepted. they tell you if you don't like walking here, you just go, we don't want,
we don't want to happy workers. when does your ministers in you also from the 1000? my mom was mission to the land violence, as in this basically to pull out since the best and the place and effect that the and burn out in the window for the guys to go into for the could pick this. this is the house for the long distance, the procedure and for the middle bible, the hope and for the woman i know ah. ringback in germany on black friday, the unions are calling for a strike. good out doesn't work, but like all pry me bob. i thought the news who knows the banner stud muffin of those gob. thank you sir. i'll
give you my daughter's law bugs all. it's all good to go pick that up. that was i'm the europe jeff bezos is facing strong stage where social protections are especially important and where employees have more labor, right? if will knock them if you don't falling out of them august as plans are built for the last 5 years verde the main german union has been organizing strikes and the countries 11 amazon warehouses high school. i'm perfect, you know, i spoke to the 4th amendment. i think the workers are mainly asking for wage increases. thanks to these mobilizations, the leipzig warehouse workers have successfully increased their wages by 11.2 percent in the last 5 years. that is more dollars to april 2018. the major german media group axle springer is about to award basil such
prize for the most innovative person of the year dirty has called on workers from all over europe to come and protest in front of the building. standing alongside the germans today are polish, italian, and french workers. they are 1000 strong. well, come to berlin. thanks. it's great to be here today and was, is employing 566000 people. you're probably the biggest drop grade of recent times. at the same time, you're aggressively criticized by union said by media for paying low wages for inappropriate working conditions. how do you deal with these accusations? if you do anything new or innovative, you have to be willing to be misunderstood. if you cannot,
if you can't afford to be misunderstood, then for goodness sake don't do anything new or innovative. yet, i'm very proud of our working conditions and i'm very proud of the wages that we pay in germany. we employee 16000 people. we pay at the high end of the range for any comparable work, greater microwave test, as benefits. and so we can live more. we have very good communications with our employees. we don't believe that we need a union to be an intermediary between us or employes. congratulate you fall, you have achieved increment, and congress. very nice. thank you. back in 2017 amazon made $178000000000.00 in total revenue. the
multinational is crushing all its competitors and online sales. but amazon is also the leader in another area. it has nothing to do with parcels or material goods, but it's of strategic importance. the cloud, an online data storage infrastructure, entire databases and web services are physically hosted and amazon's data centers. huge buildings filled with servers. ah, amazon own 120 data centers like this one spread around the world in 2017 amazon web services accounted for only 12 percent of its turnover, but 60 percent of its products. mm. the
the ah the amazon a lot of the retailer, but it's really, it's a mistake to think of amazon that way. amazon is a company that really wants to control the underlying infrastructure of the economy . so wants to be the platform on which all buying and selling happens. it wants to be basically the interface between all buyers and sellers. it is a major part of the, the cloud. it's amazon web services controls about a 3rd of the world's cloud computing capacity. and increasingly it's moving into shipping and package delivery. there isn't anything and history that's quite like
amazon. i mean, it's completely a new thing. we've never really encountered anything like this, but you can think about it in some ways, like a railroad in the sense that and that's what amazon controls and lots of other companies need access to that in order to get to market. that's an incredibly powerful position. i don't think amazon has any other competitor that could potentially challenge it. i think the only thing that good stuff amazon today would be government intervention the ah, and i make no, yeah, no borders line to tease and you various as a merge, we don't have a charity. we don't to look back, see a whole world needs to take action to be ready. people are judgment. 2
common crisis with we can do better, we should be doing better. everyone is contributing each in their own way. but we also know that this crisis will not go on forever. the challenge is great, the response has been massive. so many good people are helping us. it makes us feel very proud that we are in it together with good and bad drink shapes bankers, and those with
dares sinks. we dare to ask aware of the risk amazon is increasingly nurturing its relationships with governments. in 17 years, it's lobbying expenses exploded. in the united states, they've gone from $492000.00 in the year, 2000 to $13000000.20. in europe alone, they add up to at least 2000000 euros. with will jeff bezos used this money to counter a less than accommodating europe in 2017. for the 1st time, the european commission decided to attack the company, margaret vest, hagar,
european commissioner for competition sanctioned amazon for its taxes. arrangements as a commission has today adopted a decision that emerson's tax benefits are illegal. under you stated rules attacks ruling granted by luxembourg as reduced emerson's tax fill. in more than 8 yes, between may 2006 and june 2014. it was not justified amazon now has to repay the tax benefit worse around a $250000000.00 euros plus interest. amazon paid the 250000000 luxemburg appeal the decision. not all states endorsed the commissioners approach, nor to the all support other measures that promote tax fairness the
thing with with amazon, and we know that from the tax case it is that you don't necessarily make profits that you create value. so you create value on the stock exchange, but you don't make profit in your business. so people make money by buying and selling stocks instead of making money by having a profits coming out of the business in itself. and one of the reasons why we are so a eager are also to have a sort of broad european digital taxation is to make sure that that we get it right . because digital companies, on average pay 9 percent in tax, where ordinary businesses, on average pay 23 percent in tax. europe is trying to put in place a new tax that specifically targets gaffer, including amazon this new tax would levy the revenues and not their profits.
since these web giants usually store away their profits and countries with low tax rate, france is alone in defending this initiative. and we have all had a wake up call to say, well, yes, technology is fascinating and it produces say great things that we can do. but that's a bad sight to everything. that's a threat to our democracy. there's a threat to the way we do business. that's the threat for us as consumers to be respected in the marketplace. we need to getting control of that. so here it is. the world, according to amazon, a world where a single company controls the distribution of all our daily products, the infrastructure of our economy. what i'm buying or receiving packages or i have friends who are doing like yes,
also man as a great thing that we built. but as i said, if i pulled my tax of being a citizen, that on a lot more questioning of what do i really feel, any pride in that? i think most of the time i, i, i feel almost the opposite. i helped to create something that may not help to really be a net good in the world. so the issue is, who shapes the future of our country? is that us or is that amazon? you know, that's the question. me on the pacific coast in seattle, that question has already been answered here. amazon is already imposing its vision of the world of tomorrow.
at 1st glance, it's an ideal world. the company's headquarters are located in this building called day one. added to feed the brand new structure. wanted by just basis a series of glass balls sheltering rare tropical plants like a bio to a 2.0 where amazon employees come to work in harmony with a domesticated nature. in total 20 percent of seattle's downtown area is occupied by amazon. ah, in the last years 40000 new executives from around the world have joined the ranks
of the american giant often young and very well paid. they can take full advantage of the amazon way of life and can preview much of the company's innovations lockers where you can pick up your packages at any time. or amazon go supermarkets where no checkout is required. customers enter with their smartphone and the computer automatically charges their account to welcome these new comers. luxurious buildings are constantly being constructed. thanks to amazon, seattle has become a favorite city for the american executive class. mm. but at night seattle becomes a completely different city. since
amazon's arrival with its numerous hires of senior executives, rents and seattle have been rising by 10 percent each year. ah, the poorest can no longer find housing even if they have a job. in here. 30 percent of the homeless population is employed at city hall, seattle's younger city, counsellor theresa mosquito made housing the priority ever mandate me we saw about a 600 percent increase in how and homelessness. and we saw twice the amount of
people who are living in our vees become homeless. that number is immense. you can see the crisis of poverty and homelessness on the street. however, here in seattle, we have a higher rate of homelessness per capita than city like los angeles, which is a call for action. and it's imperative that we do something. we have a 1000 people who are moving to this region a week, which means that we're not building housing. the cost of housing increases people who were and otherwise affordable rental units really have nowhere to go. they are falling into the street or they are getting displeased and pushed out of seattle spring. 2018 city council proposes the creation of a new tax. the biggest companies in seattle, including amazon, will have to pay $500.00 per employee per year in order to finance the construction of social housing. we had initially proposed tax back because you would have brought in $75000000.00 a year, which is a drop in the bucket of what we actually needed. we ended up with $47000000.00 per
year, which amazon agreed to. the proposal was passed unanimously. unanimously by the council and signed by the mayor within 24 hours of amazon agreeing to that amount of taxing and at each corporation, $275.00 per head for 5 years for just the largest companies after they agreed to that within 24 hours they changed their mind. they funded the opposition and ran a campaign to undermine it. no. oh, no. amazon initiated a power struggle to push back on city council. seattle was divided to counter the multi nationals campaign citizens mobilized for social justice. a
amazon won the battle of opinion. it's petition gathered over 45000 signatures. on june 12th, 2018, the seattle city council decided to hold a new vote on the tax in front of supporters of both sides. i read against green pro tax against anti tax herbal vote quickly the city council voted to reverse its new taxation policy, whereas vote for i. so on only to council members, including theresa mosquito voted against the repeal of the tax. must get a vote for ne o'brien vote for i 7 in favor to oppose ah, to the bill passes in the chair was sign it. mm
. 3 months later, jeff visa announced the launching of his own housing policy in a 2000000000 dollar private fund to help poorly house families across the country. i want to make sure that public policy is driven by those who were elected to pass public policy, not by the whims of one seal or one corporation, 11 day decides to donate money. i think it's a real warning signal to the entire country that we have got to be able to govern and do so with integrity, to make sure that our most vulnerable are being protected and invested in. we need public policy to be passed by. those have been elected to do so me . ready ready every night and seattle city
champs all down through here, all of this, the larry over here. so you're camps are always a little nicer than this is evidence of absolute poverty, despair. people in our city and other cities all across america are living like this, where at the original need and village that opened up in 2018 right now. there's 31 homes on the property. it's a little over 4 acres, with 31 homes and a community center. unfortunately, a lot of people don't make it out of edition more homelessness, and i'm just really happy that made it bad. you with join me every thursday on the alex simon show, but i'll be speaking to guess in the world politics school business. i'm show
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