Know any economists who study the sharing economy?

Hi, San Francisco!

I’m helping organize a panel discussion for Liberty Forum at the end of
February. (Will any of you be there?)

I know there were several interesting economists and writers in the Bay
Area — Jeff Riggenbach, Fred Foldvary, and others — who would likely
have good perspectives on this.

If you know them, could you please either forward this to them, or send
me their contact info?


I hope to see a bunch of you in Columbus in June (even if it does
conflict with Pride).

Panel discussion:

The Post-Capitalist Free Market

With Chris Maden and John Maden of

The current write-up (subject to change):

Would what the media calls the “sharing economy” be better called the
"free-agent economy”? Where did this term come from? Cui bono? We’ll
look at what’s being “shared” vs. what’s being traded, and discuss the
implications the free-agent economy has for the state—in light of the
trouble it currently makes for hard-working entrepreneurs. To wit:

"Across the country, occupational licensing laws raise prices for
consumers and prevent workers from pursuing self-employment. Cities
across the country have shut down hair braiders, food trucks, and other
small businesses frequently founded by members of economically
vulnerable groups. In California, police conduct violent sting
operations to arrest people doing unlicensed house painting, carpentry,
and landscaping. Gaining the required licenses requires time and money
that most poor and working people just don’t have.”

Additionally, the free-agent economy already has deep roots in New
Hampshire and is the bedrock of many, if not all, of the vendors at
PorcFest. How can we leverage this to coalesce a community that shares
their skills and services without going through the state while
mitigating the risk of being caught by the state? We’ll discuss the
arsenal of free-agency aid that many libertarians may not realize they
have at their disposal.

Hi Chris….I’m copying Robert Blumen and Marc Joffe on your message. I don’t know for sure if they are studying the sharing economy but both are great economic thinkers here in SF.

Best regards…

Michael Denny

Thanks Robert….forwarding to the list.


Hi Chris,

  I'm no academic expert, but I think I have a decent grasp of free market economics and would be interested in speaking at Liberty Forum if invited. As far as this topic goes, I could speak generally about developments with the sharing economy in San Francisco, such as the backlash against alternative ride-sharing services, the SF airport's attempts to stop a company seeking to let people rent out their vehicles instead of paying to park them at the airport while traveling, etc.

Love & Liberty,
                                ((( starchild )))

Chris, I am no expert either, but I am a user and provider of services with Lyft, Flightcar and Uber. I would certainly entertain am email survey or brief interview. I doubt I could speak, but I will try to attend for some Q&A. Hope this helps.

Oh and as a previous resident of Columbus, I can tell you Pride is a big deal there too. Goodale park June 20 and 21st. I also have some insights into self employment regulations, you should pick up the book they give out a city hall.

Thanks, Starchild, Denny, and everyone else who replied to or forwarded
my message.

Firstly, I’m not sure from the responses that everyone’s aware that I
was talking about Liberty Forum (<URL: >),
which is put on by the Free State Project in Nashua, NH. It’s not going
to be near San Francisco!

Also, there are going to be *lots* of people with a decent grasp of
free-market economics — pretty much everyone there, in fact. I’m really
looking for (and may have found, thank you) a professional both to cite
facts and figures and to help draw in more of an audience.

That said, if any of you make it to LF, I’d love to hang out and chat,
especially about the City and County’s responses to services like Lyft
and Uber.

Finally, Denny — I’m not in Columbus, but central Illinois for a few
years yet, while Dr. Wife seeks to become Dr. Dr. Wife. Then it’s back
to New Hampshire, with any luck.