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Life Away From the Rat-Race: Why One Group of Workers Decided to Cut Their Own Hours and Pay

Public-sector workers in California's Amador County learned what the Europeans have long understood: having a life is intrinsically valuable.

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This year is the centennial of the famous Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The slogan “We want bread and roses too!” runs deep in labor history, reminding us that there is more to life than money. It’s a lesson that has been confirmed for many in Amador County, California. Amador is only a microcosm and a very small step up a big mountain of overwork and consumerist values. But mountains are conquered by single steps.

John de Graaf is a filmmaker and co-author of "Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic" and “What’s The Economy For Anyway?”