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Not a Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy Paperback – Oct 19 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books (Oct. 19 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554701910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554701919
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DONALD GUTSTEIN teaches in the school of communication at Simon Fraser University and is the author of three acclaimed but controversial books: e.con: How the Internet Undermines, The New Landlords, Democracy and Vancouver Ltd. He has studied the media for more than ten years as co-director of Project Censored and NewsWatch Canada and has written many articles for magazines and online sites devoted to media and social policy. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dimpossibility on July 31 2010
Format: Paperback
I first heard of Don 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.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 4 2010
Format: Paperback
With his new book "Not a Conspiracy Theory", left-wing social activist and commentator Donald Gutstein has taken dead aim at exposing what he considers the secret agenda of North American conservative think tanks. These are the deep-pocketed organizations that fund political initiatives meant to frustrate the democratic process. In the course of three-hundred pages, he mounts an relentless, full-bore attack on the economic and political practices and theories of American and Canadian neoconservatives who promote the virtues of personal freedom and less government. While a lot of the information Gutstein makes available is old hat, his interpretations are not. Written in the context of the one of the severest global downturns ever, Gutstein's book serves to remind us what neocons and libertarians actually stand for vis a vis democratically-elected government. He maintains that the hundreds of well-funded organizations like the Fraser Institute in Canada and the Heritage Group in the US openly promote the dismantling of costly government programs as a way of furthering a capitalistic agenda. According to Gutstein, the neocons of this world are strictly committed to seizing the public sector and harnessing its resources for profit. A large portion of the book is devoted to reviewing the modern history of this phenomenon, including the works of thinkers like Levi-Strauss, Hayek, Walker and Kristol. Their call for greater personal liberty, in Gutstein's estimation, is really only an attempt to assault the freedoms and securities of the common man. These are the so-called movers and shakers of society who, while claiming to be self-made autocrats, are benefiting from favourable policies established by a friendly Conservative government in Ottawa.Read more ›
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I liked this book because it gives details that can be proven. It shows how Canadian politics can be manipulated to achieve outcomes in a particular party's interest.
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By Guy L. Storms on Aug. 26 2014
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Is it a conspiracy that Gutstein cannot get this popular title reprinted by anyone? Hmmm...
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