Beyond Banksters

Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism by Joyce NelsonSoftcover | $20 CAD
Author: Nelson, Joyce
Publisher:  Watershed Sentinel Books, Comox, Canada
Year Published:  2016
Pages:  164 pp  plus Index
ISBN:  978-0-9953286-0-0


Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism exposes the “venal class” of corporate elites – their quest to permanently entrench corporate rights through trade deals, their secretive meetings, and their movements through the revolving door of private investment firms and government. Drawing on years of investigative journalism, Joyce Nelson weaves together a huge breadth of information, providing examples of effective resistance to the corporate power structure along with her acute diagnosis of its ills.

The book names the people and organizations responsible, and outlines a step-by-step erosion of the public interest mandate that has allowed trade deals such as NAFTA, CETA, the TPP, and TISA to open up public services to corporate takeover and limit our ability to control banks and investment corporations. Nelson exposes the major players privatizing the world and creating a new state of feudalism. Iceland resisted and so can we.

Also check out the sequel to Beyond BankstersBypassing Dystopia: Hope-filled challenges to corporate rule

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Heather Menzies, “For those who love this planet, challenges and responses” CCPA Monitor  (pdf)

[online, excerpted: “Books For Change“]

Ed Finn, “Book Review: Beyond Banksters,”
[…and the cole’s notes: Brent Patterson, “Ed Finn Reviews Beyond Banksters by Joyce Nelson”]

Rafe Mair, “Book Review: Beyond Banksters – Resisting the New Feudalism”


Buttigieg and McKinsey | Dec 13, 2019

Beyond Banksters Goes to Parliament | Feb 13, 2017

What People are Saying:


“Provocative, profound, challenging and suffused with perceptive clarity, Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism will doubtless elicit joy from those who agree and rage from those who don’t – precisely what we expect from this gadfly extraordinaire.”

—Stephen Hume, author, Vancouver Sun columnist


“A powerful and chilling investigation into an emerging global oligarchy of banks and corporations. Acutely insightful, Beyond Banksters digs deep into the nature of this new order and its repressive and impoverishing effects, while also revealing possibilities for resistance and change. Written with wit and clarity, Beyond Banksters is not only informative but a pleasure to read.”

—Joel Bakan, Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power


“Read it and then get your Member of Parliament to read it.”

—Duncan Cameron, Centre for Global Political Economy, Simon Fraser University


“One of the book’s strengths is the depth of knowledge and insight that Nelson marshals to describe the TPP, CETA and the lesser-known Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). While lowering trade barriers are part of these deals, their larger impact will likely be to tie the hands of government by, for example, preventing a reinstatement of the Glass Steagall Act, permanently legalizing trade in financially risky (even suspect) products, and challenging the legitimacy of public banks along with the public interest mandate of Crown corporations.”

—Heather Menzies, “Books for Change,” CCPA Monitor 


“This review, although rather longer than usual, should not be considered a substitute for reading the entire contents of the book, which contains a plethora of salient facts, figures, and analysis. I don’t often refer to a book as an urgently “must-read,” but this one definitely fits that description.”

—Ed Finn, “Book Review: Beyond Banksters,”


“This well researched book sheds new light on what is really going on in the financial world, and anyone who cares about Canada would be well advised to read it.”

—Hon. Paul Hellyer, former Minister of National Defence


“Always cutting edge, writer Joyce Nelson has penned a chilling dissection of the hidden-in-plain-view takeover of Canada by a global economic elite and their Banksters. The tightening noose of foreign economic domination that serves the billionaire class is choking off Canada’s very sovereignty. Ms. Nelson brilliantly exposes this crisis in a wake-up call that reads like a spy thriller. Unfortunately, this is not fiction but reality, the sober, blunt truth that politicians and the mainstream media spin and hide. If you care about your economic future, read this book and act.”

—John Stauber, author, Toxic Sludge Is Good For You and Weapons of Mass Deception


“This is a most unusual book for political junkies. It makes no attempt to settle scores or slant the historical perspective. I have the impression that Joyce Nelson has looked at the unfolding scene with a bewilderment that suits a keen, inquiring mind rather than that of a judge.”

—Rafe Mair,  “Book Review: Beyond Banksters – Resisting the New Feudalism”


“For those with an interest in knowing more on the cost of government debt in Canada, please pick up a copy of Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism by Joyce Nelson. It is a little gem and you would do yourself a service by a reading. It also should be in all Canadian libraries, so badger your local library to stock a few copies.”

—Erik Anderson, former Transport Canada economist


“Read this book, and then help put a stop to the ongoing rip-off. Your children and grandchildren will thank you.”

—Anne Cameron, author of Dreamspeaker and Daughters of Copper Woman


“Joyce Nelson’s deep dive into the economics of the Bank of Canada is an eye-opening account of the privatization of Canada’s public assets and the new economic reality. Well-researched, provocative and impressive in its scope, Nelson’s research uncovers portions of the banking world the general public might not be aware of and gives alternatives to the financial world as we know it. It’s not all banking – the book delves into the impacts these policies and players have had on people and political movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Hydro One sell-off situation.”

—Anna Killen, Beach Books

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