A simple website, just a platform for free downloads
and links. Not what we expect these days, but the writer
spends his time improving the content of the .pdf’s,
which matters more. He never gets to find out how
to make the website work more like it maybe could.
(The large text on PCs works best for smartphones.)
‘The System’ Explained
and How To Make It Fairer
An analysis of how the world is run,
written by Ed McDonnell (see end of page)
Free download copies and links to printed
copies are below this introductory text….
There’s a lot wrong with the world.
Most people think politicians run it
and look to them to fix things and
make it work. They think they aim to
operate in everyone’s best interests.
That is misleading. The world runs
by a larger system. Politicians don’t
make this system. It makes them.
They come from it and represent
different groups in it.
And they mostly leave it alone.
Conservatives believe in not
running this system. They claim it
works better, for everybody, when
left unregulated by government.
But the system grants business people,
the business class, privileges over
everybody else that allow unfair basic
relationships, many cruelties, and
absurdly unequal distribution of
power and wealth.
Conservatives claim it works best
for everybody, unregulated, because
they represent the business class.
(And are usually members of it).
‘Laissez-faire’ – the classic conservative
argument – is class-serving crap that
denies democratic control of the most
important issues in public life.
for parties who genuinely want to
govern in everyone’s interests,
they are constrained by the system.
They can’t do what’s needed because
the business class organise the
economy – goods, services, jobs –
and so they defer to them. It’s our fault
as well - we too accept how the system
grants the business class power. We
don’t give progressive parties enough
support to put them into government
with the backing to regulate the business
class and the (their) business system.
Just how the business class, a self-
centered, uncaring minority, are able
to dominate everybody else is not widely
known or talked about. So the majority,
who are mostly workers, don’t make
sense of how they are treated and don’t
represent themselves well in the wider
system and in politics.
They allow conservative parties to get
into government, where they protect,
and refuse to regulate, this system,
in which business people are allowed
the authority to oppose and neglect
the interests of the majority.
And wreck our habitat.
It's all because we don’t have a clear
view of the system as the core of our
political ideas and actions. We need a
clear, commonly-held understanding
of this larger system, how its basic
feature is that business people
dominate everybody else, and
how they do it.
The key is to recognize the main
economic and political issue as
business-class supremacy over
the rest (white, black and brown);
that they have it because they
organise themselves; that the rest
must organise themselves too, to
match them, at work and in politics.
Here, The Super Summary of the work -
The Super Summary.pdf v. 2022.6M
just 2,500 words, in large text for phones/devices
5,000 words, in large text for phones/devices.
And here, the full book
At over 200,00 words, a big read for a big subject.
But just get to page 33, that includes the summaries
The Super Summary and The Ten Minute Read,
and you get the basics. (You can print normal-
size copies of the summaries from here.)
Buy the full book, printed, now coil-bound
for easy reading, from here...
- 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 organize as workers
...how we relate in politics
…how we make all the wealth
- key extracts from the full book.
208 pages. v.2022.9
(also has its own website
Buy it printed, now coil-bound for easy reading,
Ed McDonnell is a retired lecturer.
He has been active in class politics
for fifty years (in the UK). He taught
courses for union workplace reps/shop
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