Look at The System

by Ed McDonnell

Statements of the Political Realities

"For a fair and sustainable global society"

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>    For the fairness and security

 we expect to get from politics,

 we need to develop a common

 understanding of society -

 a common understanding of

 how we all relate to each other

 day by day in Business, Work

 and Politics itself - 'the system'.

>    People accept 'the system'

 as just 'how things are'.

>    They take its established relationships

 so much for granted they are invisible.

>    So they don't notice that what's done in

 society doesn't  simply start with  and

 centre on politics - that politics is just

 how people can maybe influence

 our many everyday, established,

 relationships and outcomes.

>    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 in the system and represent

 ourselves in it weakly.

>     We let the business class dominate us

 every day at work; in political debate

 in the media; and in political action.

>    Many of us find politics confusing

 because we don't 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.


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.2020.1

        The whole book

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Short, taster downloads

       (in large font to read on smartphones)

    (for printing use the copies in the full book)


... 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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