I first heard of Donald Gutstein in a brief magazine notice of a book release with an interesting title, the one that became the title of this book. I went to the book release at a medium sized cafe with about a hundred other people. While I cannot recommend his ability to captivate a live audience, I was impressed by the depth of his research and his obvious concern that Canadians are not being told much truth either in the press or by politicians. When I read the book I was rewarded for my patience by thoughtful, well-researched investigative reportage. In this way Gutstein is like one of Canada’s Noam Chomsky-like figures: towering investigative research matched with deep historical understanding. Read this book if you want to know more about how the press and powerful elites run the show in Canada.
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:
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.
Published: September 12, 2014