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Social engineering: The Harper method

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Harper wants tax incentives for corporate charity giving to weaken social services.

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Harper plays at neoliberal social engineering

The Harper government's announcement that it will change the laws regarding capital gains taxes to encourage more charitable giving strikes an ominous note for the country's political culture. Harper is mimicking -- through tax incentives -- the Conservatives in Britain who are trying to pull the same trick with what they call the Big Society initiative: promoting the privatization of social services through increased private giving. Both efforts smack of social engineering from the right. When Harper stated that he we would not recognize the country after he was through, this is in part what he was talking about.

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