media and think-tank researcher

Donald Gutstein


The United States: A Leader in World Peace?

16 Aug '07

The United States: one of the most peaceful nations in the world, as the Fraser Institute claims, or one of the least peaceful, according to a recently released global peace study? It depends what’s meant by “peace”. The Fraser Institute ranks the U.S. as the third most economically free country in the world. And the

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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.