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CHAPTER 28Europe’s Work-Time Alternatives


When I first read Anders Hayden’s wonderful book, Sharing the Work, Sparing the Planet, it was an eye opener. Not only did he make a powerful case that one of the best things we could do for the environment was to work fewer hours, he also pointed out the vast difference between the U.S. (and Canada, since he is from Toronto) and Europe, where work time is concerned. One speech he cited, made by a European conservative, former Dutch Prime minister Ruud Lubbers, illustrated for me the chasm between European thinking and ours. According to Lubbers:

It is true that the Dutch are not aiming ...

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