Joe Biden recently told workers that "it's time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again." While that sounds inspirational, it's also misguided, because the big revelation of the pandemic is that the centralized office no longer makes sense.

Fact: Most office workers are more productive when they work remotely. Over the past three decades, the computer industry has created a mobile computing infrastructure that is superior to a centralized office. It took a pandemic to prove the obvious.

Why then the push for a return to the status quo ugly? Simple: Big companies don't want workers to have the choice to work anywhere. They want employees to be captive to their jobs and too burned out to look for work elsewhere.

Here's the thing: People who can work anywhere have power over their lives. They can decide when they work and how, and for whom. They can hold out for more money and force multiple employers to bid for their services, and quit when they're mistreated or underpaid.

The last thing big employers want is for workers to use remote work to regain power over their lives and careers. Big companies have invested trillions of dollars in commercial real estate that's no longer necessary and thus a huge financial liability.

There's also pride at work. Apple spent almost $5 billion(!) on the world's largest open-plan office. Is Tim Cook likely to admit that he didn't see the obvious: that his company's products made such structures obsolete?

Perhaps the most important reason that big companies don't want remote work is that remote work makes it possible for small companies and entrepreneurs to gain access to key talent who otherwise would be locked into a commuter job.

Big companies (with the aid of big government) trying to kill remote work is another example of a point that I've been trying to make more frequently over the past few years: If you're an entrepreneur, big business is the enemy.

I realize that many entrepreneurs have drunk the Kool-Aid and think that their interests align with the likes of Tim Cook or Elon Musk. But nothing could be further from the truth. They'd just as soon budding entrepreneurs join their workforce instead.

That's why entrepreneurs should push back against any attempt to make remote work less attractive. The last thing small businesses want is for the big companies to reestablish control over their workers' lives.