A special screening of the new documentary “The Corporate Coup D’etat”
Canadian philosopher John Ralston Saul coined the term “corporate coup d’état” in his 1995 CBC Massey Lecture, The Unconscious Civilization. Gaining credence over the last two decades, his theory is now more relevant than ever in the current American presidency. In the words of Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges, “Donald Trump is not an anomaly. He is the grotesque visage of a collapsed democracy”—and the creeping takeover that began 45 years ago is now a reality. As the income gap widens and corporations gain increasing control over public policy, Hedges, Ralston Saul and director Fred Peabody challenge the media, government and citizens to wake up and take action in this hard-hitting Hot Docs 2019 selection.
Following the screening, journalist and novelist Rick Salutin will moderate a panel discussion with:
• David Altheide, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of the School of Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University, and author of Terrorism and the Politics of Fear
• Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of The Council of Canadians Council of Canadians
• John Ralston Saul, CC OOnt, Canadian writer and political philosopher featured in the film.