Last week I asked for suggestions for a tag line for The Daily Bell. Below are some of the responses, so go ahead and vote on your favorite one! If you missed the chance to give your ideas last week, feel free to comment a suggestion, maybe we will have a runoff.
I appreciate the welcome I was given, as well as the criticism. No one ever got better without an understanding of how they can improve themselves.
I realize people have very different ideas of freedom.
What makes me feel free is being close to nature, living on a mini-farm, and working for my rent. It means I get to do something I love, and not have to earn money (and first pay taxes on that money) in order to pay rent. Obviously I earn money in other ways for other expenses, but it is a step, for me, in the right direction to cut down on the amount of fiat dollars I am required to use.
Having moved to Florida from Massachusetts, I love being able to shoot guns in my backyard. I feel free out in the country, and love making my own soap, toothpaste, and deodorant. It is a fun challenge to create as many of my own necessities as possible. It is liberating to find unique ways to recycle free materials back into making this mini-farm abundant.
And forgive me if I am exploiting the proletariat, but I use Uber and AirBnB, and that makes me feel free to travel without being forced into government approved unionized methods of transport and lodging.
I realize the structure of corporations is tied to government protectionism, but I don’t think every new business should be written off as an evil arm of global governance. In Iceland I stayed in a woman’s apartment who was a teacher. She rented rooms on AirBnB rather than get a summer job. So I can easily see how AirBnB helps people who have extra room make some money, which frees them from certain obligations.
I don’t consider working for a corporation being exploited, necessarily.
Yes, small business and individual entrepreneurship would be my first choice, and it is certainly the future of freedom. But no one forced someone to work–or rent or drive–for a corporation. And the government is the only entity that forces us to patronize particular corporations. Otherwise, you are free to withdraw your support by not voluntarily handing over your money.
If you want to go drive around trying to make money giving rides without Uber, I am all for that! In fact I even once took a ride from someone doing so.
And many people who rent vacation properties through AirBnB develop a relationship with their customers, so that within a couple years, AirBnB is cut out of the transactions in favor of a direct peer to peer vacation rental deal.
But the fact is Uber facilitates a ride sharing transaction, and therefore adds value to interactions. AirBnB does the same for renting out rooms.
I realize that Uber employs former government officials, but to me that says more about protecting themselves from government. After all, Uber was, and still is, met with hostility in many municipalities throughout the world. Some places, like Massachusetts, even force Uber to subsidize their competition.
I love the discussions here at The Daily Bell, so please set me straight on Uber and AirBnB if there is something I am missing. More specifics than “Uber is controlled by the elites” would be helpful and appreciated!