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We are always changing the way we work. But in the last decade improvements in technology and communications, combined with companies’ increased ability and inclination to outsource, have conspired to make radical changes to work in America. Throw the twin wrenches of the 2008 financial crisis and the resulting Great Recession, and the disruption has been dramatic: unemployment and underemployment have soared; worker productivity has reached all-time highs; the gap between rich and poor has widened to a point not seen since the Second World War.