Look at The System

"For a fair and sustainable global society"

by Ed McDonnell

An overview of the statements of political reality

provided lower down in free downloads ...

>     Before  we  can  get  security  and  fairness

 from politics we need  a shared understanding

  of 'the system', of how we relate to each other

  in business, work and politics itself.

>    But people accept how we relate everyday

  as just 'how things are'

>    They take the system so much for granted

 that its relationships are invisible and not

 examined, criticised or blamed

>    It means people don't see that everything

 doesn't come from politics and politicians

>    ...  that it mostly comes from established

 relationships in the key public activities -

 trade, business and work

>    ...  that politics is just how you might

 influence the established relationships

>    Business people run the world

 more than politicians do

>    ... because  it's  them  who  organise most of

 the everyday public activities, the production

 and sale of goods and services, and jobs.

>    ... because their daily activity in trade,

 business and work makes them

 most of 'the economy'.

>    They do it by being organised together

 and by acting together,  as businesses.

>    They run conservative media and

 conservative parties to defend

 business people in politics.

>    They are a class - the business class.

>   We  'ordinary'  people,  the great majority,

 mostly workers, the worker class, relate

 weakly to the business class

>    We let them dominate us every day

 at work, in political debate in

 the media, and in politics

>    We represent ourselves weakly

 in the system

>   Because we mostly don't organise

and act together.

>    Many of us find politics confusing

 because we don't look at these basics.

>    We exaggerate shallow 'identities' when

 we should base our politics on how

 people actually relate to each other

 in Business, Jobs and the Economy.

>    So workers take political attitudes and

 actions that allow into government a

 conservative minority hostile to them

>    It's easier to make sense of political

 issues  and  discuss  them  with each

 other when we share an understanding

 of the basic framework, 'the system'.

Look at The System explains it clearly,

 relating it to our everyday experience

 and using everyday language.



The Free Downloads and Links

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How To Talk Politics With Each Other.pdf

 .... will help you discuss politics with others.

        In large font to read on smartphones.

How To Talk Politics - Standard Font Size.pdf


Two Key Downloads:

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.2020.2

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Short, taster downloads

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... 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

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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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