John de Graaf

John de Graaf is a filmmaker, writer and activist, co-founder of Take Back Your Time, the Happiness Alliance and And Beauty for All.  He has produced more than fifteen national PBS documentary specials and is the co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic and co-author of What’s The Economy For, Anyway? He has taught at Evergreen State College and serves on the board of Earth Island Institute. He is the Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Bread & Roses Party of the US. His website is:

Episode 58

Episode 58 What Could Possibly Go Right?: John de Graaf

John de Graaf is an author, award-winning documentary filmmaker, speaker, and activist “with a mission to help create a happy, healthy and sustainable quality of life for America.” He addresses the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?”

October 26, 2021

Stewart Udall with Lady Bird Johnson

A Conservative for Our Time

I have come to believe that Udall was actually in many ways, a conservative whose creative ideas may help point America’s way forward in a turbulent, polarized, and destructive time. Above all, Udall was devoted to conserving the land and the beauty of the American landscape.

February 1, 2021


2026: A new agenda for tomorrow

With ideas like the Green New Deal, or the “Beauty New Deal,” which the Maryland-based Bread and Roses Party has proposed, we should be able to write another volume—2026: A New Agenda for Tomorrow.

September 2, 2020

Marten Lake reflection, WA Cascades

Campaigning for Bread and Roses

The old word “beauty” speaks to our hearts as more academic or bureaucratic terms cannot.  I am especially persuaded by the power of the word to cross lines of political polarization. As, I believe, is the concept of Bread and Roses!

June 17, 2020


Rethinking the Good City: Vallejo’s Bold Vision

“Fortunately,” he says, “we here in California believe in climate change. We believe in the ecology of our land. We believe that we can make the positive changes that need to be made so that we have life on this planet.” And not only life, but a good life.

August 6, 2019

Civilian Conservation Corp

The Promise of the Green New Deal

In my view, the most glaring omission in the GND is its lack of any challenge to consumerism and our current obsession with economic growth.

March 28, 2019

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