Look At The System

"For a fair and sustainable global society"

Writings about basic politics by Ed McDonnell

An intro to the free downloads below ...

>    In thinking about or discussing politics,

 it's best to have a clear understanding

 of the basic framework of public life -

 how we all relate to each other in

 Business, Work and Politics

 itself - 'the system'.

>    But people accept the system, take it for

 granted,  see it as  'just how things are',

 and don't look at it.

>    So  they  don't  notice  that  the  world

 isn't simply run by politics, that politics

 is just how we can possibly influence

 what happens in everyday life.

>    Business  men and women,  not politicians,

 really run the world, because they organise

 most  of  the  economy -  the  production

 and sale of goods and services, and jobs.

>    They do it by organising together and

 acting together, daily, as businesses.

>    In politics, they promote their interests

 by running conservative media - print,

 broadcast  and  digital  -  and by

 organising conservative parties.

>    They are a class - the Business class.

>   Unlike them, we 'ordinary' people,

 the great majority, mostly workers,

 the worker class, mostly don't

 organise and act together.

>   So we act and represent ourselves

only weakly in the system.

>    We let the business class dominate us

 every day at work; in political debate

 in the media; and in political action.

>    Many find politics confusing because

 we don't all look at the basics.

>    We exaggerate shallow 'identities' when

 we should base politics on how people

 actually  relate  to each other in Business,

 Jobs and the Economy.

>    So workers take confused political attitudes

and actions that regularly allow a hostile

conservative minority into government.

>    It's easier to make sense of the usual

 political issues and to discuss them

 with  each  other  when  everyone

 understands the basic framework.

Look At The System explains them,

clearly, using everyday language

and relating them to your

everyday experience.

BREXIT NOTE FOR UK READERS:

These writings explain the basic system, not current

issues. But a short paper, below, covers Brexit.

Briefly – ‘Just blaming foreigners won't work’.

 

The Free Downloads and Links

   (click on the red .pdf links)

How To Talk Politics With Each Other.pdf

 .... will help you to discuss politics

       with other people.

        In large font to read on smartphones.

 

Two Key Downloads:

At least read the Ten Minute Read,

a basic framework for politics.

1. A Ten Minute Read.pdf   v.2019.47

         In large font to read on smartphones.

    A Ten Minute Read In Standard Font

2. Look At The System.pdf  v.2019.7A

        The whole book

    You can buy it printed and posted,

    £6.99 plus postage, from Lulu,

    www.lulu.com/content/23978719  

  

Short, taster downloads

       (in large font to read on smartphones)

    (for printing use the copies in the full book)

Recognition.pdf  

... employers' organisation - business

   people  organised as  businesses,

   and public bodies - is recognised

   in workplaces, as well as outside.

   We need the right for worker's

   organisation to be recognised

   in workplaces too.

Labour And The UK Election 

... in work. For now see 'Worker To Worker

   On Brexit, Trump and Populism', below.

The Muddle Class.pdf  

… there is no ‘middle’ class

Just Politics and Law.pdf 

… that’s all nations are

Labour Is Fit To Govern.pdf 

... the myths about competence, spending and tax

Worker To Worker On Brexit, Trump and Populism.pdf 

… blame the business class, not ‘outsiders’

What Will It Be Like?

... if people do as these writings urge

One-page Summary Charts

Basic Politics.pdf    

... how we relate in politics

The Right To Organise.pdf 

… people’s right to organize as workers

It's Your Money Not Theirs.pdf 

 … how we make all that wealth

 

The Right To Organise In Unions.pdf 

An extract from the full book

144 pages, v. 2019.4A

Buy it from Lulu by print-on-demand,

£3.99 plus postage,

www.lulu.com/content/22289760 

Its own website is

  www.therighttoorganise.com

 

Author -  Ed McDonnell,  retired  Lecturer in

Trade Union Education and active in politics

and worker's organisation for fifty years.

Review - the late Tony Benn,

     socialist politician -

      ‘a great book to explain the essentials

         and I hope is widely read’

 

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