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(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
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,
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
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.
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.)
Buy The Full Book…
Printed, coil-bound for easy reading, from...
- will help you discuss politics with others.
In large text for smart phones/devices.
- the same text in smaller font for printing
- a version for progressive movements
with a small group activity for meetings.
Three one-page charts - some of
the work’s key points as diagrams…
…people’s right to unionise
...how we relate in politics
…how we make all the wealth
- 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….
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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