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Social assets have economic value
A pandemic lays bare the social infrastructure on which the economy depends. As the social requirements of COVID-19 affect so many forms of economic activity - from education to entertainment - we glimpse connections we ordinarily never see.
We’ve glimpsed the value of work that is rarely celebrated: people driving trucks and restocking supermarkets; shift workers cleaning hospitals and driving buses; people manufacturing hygiene products or medical equipment in factories around the world. When our well-being and that of our families depends on the contributions of distant strangers, we have a direct interest in their access to adequate sanitation, healthcare, and the shelter and nutrition necessary to support this.
We have been reminded too of the vital role of ongoing intellectual …