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A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation

Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

| $5

Toronto Launch of Yves Engler’s latest

In A Propaganda System: How Canada’s Government, Corporations, Media and Academia Sell War and Exploitation, Engler reveals why most Canadians believe their country is a force for good in the world, despite a long history of supporting empire, racism and exploitation.

The book details the vast sums Global Affairs Canada, Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence spend articulating a one-sided version of Canada’s foreign policy. With the largest PR machine in the country, the Canadian Forces promotes its worldview through a history department, university, journals, war commemorations, think tanks, academic programs and hundreds of public relations officers.

A Propaganda System traces the long history of government information control during war, including formal censorship, as well as extreme media bias on topics ranging from Haiti to Palestine, investment agreements to the mining industry. The book also details the corporate elite’s funding for university programs and think tanks.

Written for ordinary Canadians interested in the structures impeding understanding of this country’s role in the world, the book should be of interest to journalists curious about the institutions seeking to “spin” them, development workers dependent on government funds and academics interested in the foreign-policy establishment’s influence on campus.

“An inventory of the State-Corporate-Academic-NGO-Media networks that manufacture consent among Canadians for war and for looting of the Global South. As old myths crumble and Western hegemony declines, Yves Engler’s well-documented book is a must read for the 21st century.” Jooneed Khan, retired La Presse international correspondent

“Having spent three decades on the opposite side of the playing field, I have long been aware of many elements revealed in A Propaganda System.  But, by thoroughly cataloguing and linking these agencies author Engler provides a powerful argument to support his thesis that the Canadian military fields the largest PR apparatus in the nation . This fact runs in stark contrast to Canadians’ popular notion that we are a peace-loving country.” Scott Taylor – publisher Esprit de Corps

“Once again, Yves Engler wades into the murky waters of Canada’s foreign policy, courageously going into the depths the mainstream media avoid.” Antonia Zerbisias – former Toronto Star media columnist

Yves Engler has become well-known as a thorn in the side of the Canadian establishment,  He has a special talent for seeing and exposing the many comfortable facade of Canada’s self-image.  Dubbed “Canada’s version of Noam Chomsky” (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “part of that rare but growing group of social critics unafraid to confront Canada’s self-satisfied myths” ( Quill & Quire) , “ever-insightful” (rabble.ca), “Chomsky-styled iconoclast” (Counterpunch) and a “Leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen), this is his ninth book.


Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:40
– $5/PWYC
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.