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Am Johal is an independent Vancouver writer whose work has appeared in Seven Oaks Magazine, ZNet, Georgia Straight, Electronic Intifada, Arena Magazine, Inter Press Service,, and many others. He has an MA in International Economic Relations from the Institute for Social and European Studies.
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Understanding Stephen Harper

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One prime minister, two books.

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| January 16, 2011

Understanding Stephen Harper

Harper's Team

by Tom Flanagan
(McGill-Queen's University Press,

Harperland: The politics of control

by Lawrence Martin (Viking Canada, 2010; $35.00)

As politics has shifted to the right since the early 1980s, the left remains sadly flat-footed as neo-liberal policies have proliferated around the western, democratic world. Where the right preached a gospel of smaller government, the left attempted to capture the political imagination by defending the role of the state. It was an important position to take, but as political strategy it has largely been a losing game. How can we deconstruct the neo-liberal rise to power and how do we rebuild a social democratic vision that inspires the country?

That is the central question of today's politics.



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