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…The framework of how humanity co-operates

(antagonistically!) in doing the essential things

in life.  How our world is run by a self-centred

minority. Who they are. How the rest can

stand up to and regulate them.

By Ed McDonnell (see bottom of page).

After the introductory text, next, are free downloads

and links to where you can buy printed copies.


People think the world is run by politics

But it’s the other way round. Politics comes

from the everyday world. Especially from

how humanity interact to make money or

make a living, by making goods, providing

services, and selling them. Trade, business,

work. The economy. Together with politics,

‘the system’.

There’s a lot wrong. We’re even wrecking our

habitat. And governments let us down. But

instead of tackling the real issues we get

diverted into phony loyalties and divisions

and daft conspiracy theories.

It’s because we ignore the system. View all

politics – in the media, other people’s, your

own - based on the system. And not just on

their opinions but on their role in the system.

People look to ‘politicians’ to put things right,

seeing the political parties as interchangeable

management teams, all aiming to ‘run the

country’ for all, from above the system.

But politicians don’t make the system, and

not from above it. They come from it and

represent the interests of different groups in it.

The production of goods and services

that we call ‘the economy’ is so social,

so industrialised, involves everybody

working together so much, is so collective,

it’s really a public activity. But it is owned

and run privately, by a self-confessed selfish

minority. They run the key activity –making

a living – and the sharing-out of income

and wealth. This prevents democratic

political regulation of the economy and

political protection of people in their

basic needs.

The system is the business system.

The minority is business people –

the business class.

But people don’t see business people as a class.

And though the majority are almost all workers,

they don’t see themselves as a class either.

Conservatives claim the system is all about

‘the individual’…. Continued in the full book,

the free .pdf download, just below. Then the

book has The Ten Minute Read, The Twenty

Minute Read, and then the full content.

    The System Explained.pdf

v.2023.11. A big read. Just read to page 35 for the basics.

 (That includes the Ten and Twenty Minute Reads.)

And here they are separately – in

large text to read on phones/devices.

(You can print normal-size copies from the full book.)

The Ten Minute Read.pdf

 The Twenty Minute Read.pdf  

Buy The Full Book…

Printed, coil-bound for easy reading, from...

'The System Explained' on

Special Papers

  How To Talk Politics With Each Other.pdf

- will help you discuss politics with others.

          In large text for smart phones/devices.

  How To Talk Politics With Each Other for printing.pdf

-     the same text in smaller font for printing

  Talking With Voters.pdf

- a version for progressive movements

with a small group activity for meetings.

The Three Summary Charts.pdf    

Three one-page charts - some of

the work’s key points as diagrams…

…people’s right to unionise we relate in politics

…how we make all the wealth



The Right To Unionise.pdf 

-      a subsidiary work taken from

the full book. 208 pages. v.2023.10

(named The Right To Organise In Unions until June 2023)

It’s own website -


Buy it printed, coil-bound for

easy reading, from here….

'The Right to Unionise' on



Ed McDonnell is a retired lecturer who

taught courses for union workplace

reps/shop stewards and has been

active in the labour movement and

class politics for fifty years, in the UK.


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