Even a moderate increase in remote work could lead to fundamental changes in our labor force, economy, and politics.
Remote workers will spend more money and time inside their houses; they will spend more time with online communities than with colleagues; and many will distribute themselves across the country, rather than feel it necessary to cluster near semi-optional headquarters. E-commerce, digital entrepreneurship, and red-state migration are all pieces of the pre-pandemic world.
The plague is not an inventor. It is a time machine, pulling us forward into a future that was, perhaps, already on its way.
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