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Silent Coup

Confronting the Big Business Takeover of Canada

by Tony Clarke

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economic policy, non-classifiable
list price: $35.00
published: 1997
imprint: Lorimer

Silent Coup alerts us to the destructive effects of corporate control of our economy, jobs, social programs, and political democracy.

The book outlines a detailed and workable plan for challenging the agenda for Canada set by large transnational corporations. It shows how social movements and community organizations can be retooled and revitalized to confront these corporations and how true economic, social, and political democracy can be restored.

Silent Coup offers a sharp diagnosis of the challenges confronting Canadian democracy and a clear prescription for action.

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Editorial Reviews

"A stirring and hope-inspiring call to arms, Silent Coup provides a much-needed strategy to counter the overwhelming power of the global corporations."

— Maude Barlow

If there is one serious book that you read this fall, let it be Silent Coup: Confronting the Big Business Takeover of Canada by Tony Clarke. This book will help you understand what is ailing our country and what you might do about it... it gives us hope and guidance around the ability of citizen movements to rebuild our economy and our society... Silent Coup does a good job of pulling together a wealth of information in a clear and understandable way. Well worth your while!"

— Briarpatch

"These pages offer hope for Canadians who are apparently finally seeing the light...and are now embarking on 'citizen action campaigns'."

— Canadian Book Review Annual

"The focus here is on coalitions that have successfully lobbied for reduced corporate taxation, deregulation, openess to direct foreign investment, free trade, cuts in welfare spending and the overall shift from Keynesian and Galbraithian economic policy to corporate libertarianism.
Readers find here a detailed tracing of the overhaul of economic policy since the Trudeau era... recent political history comes alive in the first parts of this book, which make it well worth the modest price."

— Catholic New Times

"Clarke's painstaking attention to detail unravels the realities of corporate Canada and global managers.

[Silent Coup] ... is disturbing to those of us who hang on to the values of democratic process, citizen participation in governance and collective rights."

— Star Phoenix

"Silent Coup is both a wake-up call and a blueprint for action. Tony Clarke tells us how the CEOs seized power, then tells us how we can disempower them."

— Bruce Campbell

"Clarke offers a compelling, and unsettling, look at the role of corporate interests in shpaing national politicies in Canada in recent years... big businesses wil not like what Clarke has to say because it suggests that they have social responsibilities."

— Fredericton Daily Gleaner

"Democracy may have been replaced by corporatism in Canada, but in Silent Coup Tony Clarke argues persuasively that it's not too late to mount a counterattack."

— Canadian Forum

"This book tells it like it is."

— Prairie Dog

"Silent Coup: Confronting the Big Business Takeover of Canada is a penetrating analysis of the powerful influence of modern corporations on the political process."

— MacLean's
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About the Author

Tony Clarke

TONY CLARKE is the founder and director of the Polaris Institute in Ottawa, an organization dedicated to developing tools and strategies for civic action on major public policy issues, including energy security, water rights, and free trade. He holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago and is the recipient of Sweden's Right Livelihood Award, the "alternative Nobel Prize." Among his most recent books is Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water with Maude Barlow. He lives in Ottawa.
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