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
These and other essential elements of Harperism flow from neo-liberal economic theories propounded by the Austrian economist Friedrich von Hayek and his U.S. disciples. They inspired Thatcherism and Reaganism. Stephen Harper has taken this neo-liberalism much further in many key areas.
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.
- Georgia Straight – Gutstein reveals extent of Stephen Harper revolution in new book
- National Newswatch – Canadians Need to Take Their Country Back Before It’s Gone
- Waterloo Region Record – Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his think-tank colleagues have transformed Canada
- Vancouver Sun – How Canada Made its Shift to the Right