media and think-tank researcher

Donald Gutstein

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Vancouver Sun blanks out bank’s role in Wisconsin government’s attack on unions; alternative media fill in gaps

24 Mar '11

Trust the Vancouver Sun to whitewash corporate shenanigans. Case in point, the annual meeting of the Bank of Montreal in Vancouver on March 22. The bank has become a major target of public hostility in Wisconsin, where last December it bought the Marshall and Ilsley Bank for $4.1 billion. While BMO shareholders listened to CEO

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Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his think tank colleagues have transformed Canada

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Margaret Thatcher transformed British political life forever. So did Ronald Reagan in the United States. Now Canada has experienced a similar, dramatic shift to a new kind of politics, which author Donald Gutstein terms Harperism. Among its key tenets:

  • A weakened labour movement – and preferably the disappearance of unions – will contribute to Canada’s economic prosperity
  • Cutting back government scientific research and data collection will improve public policy-making

The success of Harperism is no accident. Donald Gutstein documents the links between the politicians, think tanks, journalists, academics, and researchers who nurture and promote each other’s neo-liberal ideas.