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Since the 1980’s we have been subjected to an unrelenting
propaganda campaign on the virtues of unrestricted freedom for big business,
while being assured that the blessings of neoliberal “free market”
capitalism will be made available to all through the magic of “trickle down”
economics. In the global corporate “race to the bottom” known as globalization
manufacturing has been relocated to sweatshops in developing countries and
money has been freed to flow to wherever the highest profit margin can be pried
out. In Canada these objectives have been championed by the Canadian Council of
Chief Executives as well as corporate funded “think-tanks” such the Fraser and
C. D. Howe Institutes. This section explores the NAFTA, WTO, IMF and other
members of the “free trade” menagerie as well as the transnational corporations
which relentlessly push these corporate bills of rights. The corporate control
of government and continuing erosion of Canadian sovereignty are also examined.
Globalization: A Very Short Introduction by Manfred B. Steger (2009) A brief look at globalization concepts, promises, and reality.
The Truth About Canada: Some Important. Some Astonishing, and Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country by Mel Hurtig (2008) Uses detailed statistics to demolish the rosy claims of Canada's neoliberals, especially regarding "free trade" with the U.S.
Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang (2008) Demolishes the myths and false assumptions used to promote "free trade" and neoliberal globalization.
The Collapse of
Globalism and the Reinvention of the World by John Ralston Saul (2005) Chronology of the rise and fall of globalization and its artificial linkage to neoliberalism. Academically oriented.
Global Showdown: How
the New Activists Are Fighting Global Corporate Rule by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke (2000) Best single
book on neoliberal globalization, NAFTA, WTO, IMF and government complicity in
advancing the big business agenda as well as the worldwide citizen’s fight-back
When Corporations Rule the World by David C. Korten (1995) Classic work on corporate control of government in pursuit of the neoliberal agenda and “free trade”.
Too Close For Comfort:
Canada’s Future Within Fortress North America by Maude Barlow (2005) Excellent account of the struggle to maintain Canadian
independence in the face of “free trade” and the corporate push for Deep Integration with the U.S. via the "Security and Prosperity Partnership".
The Case Against the
Global Economy and For a Turn Toward the Local edited by Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith (1996) Wide-ranging series of essays by some of the world’s foremost critics of globalization.
Globalization and its Discontents Joseph E. Stiglitz (2002) by Former chief economist of the World Bank discusses its effect and that of the International Monetary Fund on the world’s citizens.
The World Trade
Organization: A Citizen’s Guide by Steven Shrybman 2nd edition (2001) Thorough look at the major institution for worldwide corporate globalization.
The Vanishing Country:
Is It Too Late To Save Canada by Mel Hurtig (2002) Effect of NAFTA and American ownership, harmonization and
privatization on Canadian independence.
Zip Locking North America: Can Canada Survive
Continental Integration? by Murray Dobbin (2003) The threat posed to Canadian sovereignty and our medicare and social programs by Deep Integration with the U.S.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization by Wayne Ellwood (2001) A good basic introduction to
the institutions involved in corporate-led globalization.
Goodbye Canada by Paul Hellyer (2001) Very basic introduction into the “free trade” treaties Canada has been led into and our resulting loss of sovereignty.
Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan (2004) History of corporations, effect of deregulation and privatization, corporate control of government, corporate penetration of schools and public spaces.
Profit Over People:
Neoliberalism and Global Order by Noam Chomsky (1999) Interview highlighting the concepts behind neoliberalism
and the reality of their effect on people.
The Shock Doctrine: The
Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein (2007) Details how around the world neoliberal
economic policies require disaster, deception, or dictatorship for their
implementation upon and victimization of an unwilling population.
All You Can Eat: Greed, Lust, and the New Capitalism by Linda McQuaig (2001) Historical perspective on “free trade” and its relation to past enclosure movements.
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