Remote Work and Wealth Redistribution

“Wealth Redistribution” is a loaded term. It smacks of the dark ages of murderous communist utopias and makes hard working people fearful of big government forcefully taking their comfort away for the benefit of people who they don’t identify with.

To make matters worse, it’s usually touted by the 0.01%, people who are magnitudes richer than anyone reading these lines can ever hope to be. I’m talking about people who’ve never had to count grocery or gas money to make sure they didn’t overspend, never mind even felt the sting of hunger.

But wealth redistribution doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game, and it certainly doesn’t have to come at the expense of the average Joe or Jane. Remote Work is a good example.

Simple example: when you’re working remotely for a US company, regardless of whenever you are a US citizen traveling the world or a native who found the job through the internet, you’re funneling money from one of the wealthiest countries in the planet into the local economy.  And yet, it is a win-win situation, because the value you produce goes back to the US. 

The key here is that wealth redistribution doesn’t happen at the individual level. It occurs where it should: at the economic, international level, and as an exchange of money for goods and services. 

However, unlike the import/export equation, which is by most part mediated through big companies and as such (because most companies exist singularly for generating profit) a win-lose proposition, remote work-based exchanges are always mediated at the individual level, and the vast majority of the individuals desires nothing more than to live a comfortable life. 

This is a human failsafe against the fear that all the money will be sucked out of a system in return for a disproportionate amount of value. In reality, the opposite is usually true – the economics align with getting more value for less money. But what is “less money” for one country can still be a king’s ransom in another. 

It feels that Remote Work is the next logical step in the pursuit of a more stable, global economy.

The Price of Righteousness

“You think you are so good, so righteous, that you can face evil and walk away unscathed, unscarred? That’s not how it goes. That’s not how the story ends. If that’s your story, then you didn’t face evil, not the true kind of evil, born from darkness and weaned on suffering. 

The price you pay for bringing light into the world is that every time you do so, you leave a little piece of you behind.

If you are not bitter and resentful by the time you’ve run out of pieces, then… Then you can be said to have lived a good, righteous life.”

— from the diary of Eregar, former Knight-Master of the Knightly Order of The Tower, collected in “Annals of the March of the Ice-Champion”

A Tale From the Forging of The World

Oh once, oh once,
Was this world so young,
And riders in the sky,
Fought the world-dragon’s spawn.
They rode winged steeds,
While shielded by golden scales.
And each wielded the magics,
That would determine their fates.
One bathed in sunlight,
Reflected on the moon,
To wield blade, bright.
Hers was the power of life.
The second clad in midnight,
Frost and death she wielded,
Magic of unparalleled might.
Matter shifting as willed.
The man came third, so says the Word.
Wielding neither the magic nor the sacred.
Striking with naught but sword,
Fuelled by boiling blood, so enraged.
Three stars fell, all entangled with their prey.
Two stars rose, bearing the world’s weight.
The third was vanished,
His blood-crazy spawn, banished.
Naught did his companions find of him,
But for his horned, devilish mask,
Softly singing a maddening hymn.
“The Mystery Of The Blood-God,” as translated by Silas Magnus, Scholar and Explorer, “Tales and Songs On The Forging Of The Heavenly Sphere of Elessia, Volume I”

This text is an excerpt from my next book. This is still the first draft; no revisions have been made for spelling, formatting or even basic Q&A.

Painting by Surya Prasetya