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Right Here, Right Now

Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption
Written by: Stephen J. Harper
Narrated by: Stephen J. Harper
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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In this timely and insightful new book, Stephen J. Harper, Canada's 22nd Prime Minister, draws on a decade of experience as a G-7 leader to help leaders in business and government understand, adapt, and thrive in an age of unprecedented disruption.

The world is in flux. Disruptive technologies, ideas, and politicians are challenging business models, norms, and political conventions everywhere. How we, as leaders in business and politics, choose to respond matters greatly. Some voices refuse to concede the need for any change, while others advocate for radical realignment. But neither of these positions can sustainably address the legitimate concerns of disaffected citizens.

Right Here, Right Now sets out a pragmatic, forward-looking vision for leaders in business and politics by analyzing how economic, social, and public policy trends - including globalized movements of capital, goods, and services, and labor - have affected our economies, communities, and governments. 

Harper contends that Donald Trump's surprise election and governing agenda clearly signal that political, economic, and social institutions must be more responsive to legitimate concerns about public policy, market regulation, immigration, and technology. 

Urging listeners to look past questions of style and gravitas, Harper thoughtfully examines the substantive underpinnings of how and why Donald Trump was able to succeed Barack Obama as President of the United States, and how these forces are manifesting themselves in other western democracies. 

Analyzing international trade, market regulation, immigration, technology, and the role of government in the digital economy, Harper lays out the case for pragmatic leadership as a proven solution to the uncertainty and risk that businesses and governments face today.

©2018 Stephen J. Harper (P)2018 McClelland & Stewart

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Very good.

Very engaging, I listened to it right through in one session. Canada made a mistake not re-electing him.

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Clear and measured

When I saw that Stephen Harper was reading his own book, I cringed. I was wrong. He does a great job of narrating this book. It the most clear view of the political environment I have read in a long time. This should be mandatory reading for all political workers and students.

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Incredible Insight

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper shares some excellent insight on how to understand the rise of current populist movements and how conservatives can remain relevant to changing times. His instruction that conservatives should not blindly follow traditional conservative dogmas of free marketism and immigration control, but that they need to learn how to apply their values to present circumstances is particularly useful. His provides a way to understand current political dynamics that do not rely on simple and two dimensional caricatures.
Perhaps the best thing about this book is that it is accessible for those who are not as familiar with economics and politics. For the difficulty of the material, it is quite understandable to read.

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A Must Read

Very insightful and a must read for all conservatives and people who are looking for solutions in this changing political environment.
Ron Quigley

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Excellent analysis

Harper is surprisingly calm, thoughtful. He obviously has a conservative take on current issues, but I think his claims can be helpful to a more left leaning audience as well.

Most of the book covers the underlying causes behind the rise of right wing populism in the West. Roughly speaking, Harper is making the case that working and middle class citizens have genuine grievances that are largely ignored regarding immigration and trade. It is hard to deny him this point. Some right leaning politicians have been almost dogmatically wedded to solving all ills with more decentralization, more high end tax cuts, more deregulation and freer trade. On the left, a growing habit of trying to paint the opposition as mentally ill or reckless to avoid arguing over substance is also part of the problem. The right turned a deaf hear to middle class people and the left insulted them -- enters Trump who says he'll do something in the least politically correct prose he could muster.

Harper's insights echo comments made by Jonathan Haidt and Jordan Peterson regarding the backlash against political correctness and the dangers of identity politics. The same could be drawn from Pinker's not-so-subtle stabs at the left on college campuses: all of these people agree you get in trouble when you don't listen.

This short book by Harper covers in details several aspects of the problems in the US. Given Harper worked extensively on immigration and trade as Prime Minister of Canada, it is no surprise he has a lot to say about US immigration policy, trade policy and foreign policy.

If you lean more to the left, his comments could bother you, but he is extremely thoughtful and pragmatic. It is a great read, filled with intricate details about how to manage competing goals and bring about beneficial cooperation in this world today.

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A broad overview of something important.

Stephen Harper gives a broad overview of the current problems facing our world. Whether you agreed with the policies his government put in place or not, this book is valuable to any person concerned about the future. A shift away from globalism isn't so much a problem as is the way globalism is implemented and how it impacts the people of our countries.

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An excellent read on the current political mood

If you wonder why Brexit happened or Trump won...read this. It clearly explains the global populist movement and why ignoring it is a terrible idea for more centrist politicians.

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Very informative

I learned a lot from this book. Stephen Harper is able to explain in mostly simple terms what he believes are common sense conservative values. I will listen to this again.

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Great listen, very informative

Solid read/listen
Time flies when listening to this informative breakdown of society, business, and government

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Great book!

I really enjoyed this book by Stephen Harper covering the issues of media, immigration, politics and business.

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  • John Fernandes
  • 2018-10-19

Excellent book on Politics for Canadians AND Americans

This is a very well presented comment on politics in general, and it’s connection to business and ultimately the common voter and worker, be they a citizen or immigrant. The material is very mature, surprisingly non-partisan and objective as well as appropriately self-critical. I am very glad I read it. Harper is a surprisingly good audible reader and performer. This book should be mandatory for all high school Social Studies students.

I am glad that there are people in the world like Harper, and I hope that he is inspired to continue to write more of such excellent material.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-17

Excellent, thought provoking book.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I can say I learned more from this book than any other political piece. Really gives readers a good look at behind the scenes considerations when making choices as a leader.
You don’t have to be conservative to enjoy this.

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  • Catherine
  • 2019-08-24

Worth a read....

You don't have to be a conservative politician or of conservative mind to appreciate this book. It really will help you understand the politics of the current day.

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  • Okie Expat
  • 2019-07-15

Insightful and strategic look at intersection of policy, politics & press

As someone who’s been involved in politics and done business on both sides of the 49th parallel, I have long been an admirer of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. I’ve had the honor of meeting and speaking with him, and marveled at how his deft management of Canadian policy and its economy helped it avoid the 2008 global economic recession. His wise insights and common sense weave nicely between, and show linkages between the 2016 US election, the 2008 economic crisis, and Brexit. Chapter 13’s advice to the business community on policy and political engagement is spot on. Highly recommended.

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  • Patricia P.
  • 2019-04-11

Excellent book!

Well read and clearly articulated, PM Stephen Harper lays out a path forward for navigating politics for today’s Conservatives. Highly recommended!

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  • natalia
  • 2019-03-24

Great Summary

Enjoyable and straight to the point! Clarity and objectivity really made for an easy read/listen.

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  • Rosella
  • 2019-02-26

A look at modern politics, and elitist disconnect

I really enjoyed this book, it is logical analysis of today's political landscape.

It clarifies the influence of the normal persons life in his political choices.

It also talks about why the elites and the left have lost allí touch with reality because they have no connection with everyday life. They are mostly blind idealist.

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  • Sheryl
  • 2019-01-15

Great addition to my favourites shelf

Exceptional as well as very entertaining
Thanks Mister Harper!
Hoping this is the first of many !!

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  • Matthew
  • 2019-01-08

great book

Can be a bit all over the place, however full of great stats, insights, and ideas.

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  • Larry
  • 2019-01-07

Excellent

Good book Harper wasn't as bad as people say or think he was. He is a far better leader & has more brains than Justin who I can't stand.


I did not agree with everything , but he talks about is common sense.