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

In the 1980s 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."  


Gutstein documents how Stephen Harper has used a stealth strategy of incremental change to implement a complete battery of neoliberal ideas. Key to his success are links between the politicians and a tight-knit group of
think tanks, journalists, academics, and researchers who nurture and promote each other's neoliberal ideas. They do so using funds provided by ultra-rich U.S. donors, by Canadian billionaires like Peter Munk, and by many big corporations—all of whom stand to gain from the ideas and policies the Harperites develop and push.


Key elements of Harperism go far beyond small government and tax cuts. This doctine encompasses the environment (where Harperites believe the market will solve any problems caused by global warming -- if there is such a thing), policies regarding First Nations (they are actively promoting the end of First Nations reserves in favour of private property), and science-based policy development (ending the census was no accident).