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‘The System’ Explained
And How We Should Organise In Society
A free book, see the download below, written
by Ed McDonnell, active in politics and worker's
organisation in the UK for fifty years. A retired
lecturer, he taught workplace union reps/shop stewards.
‘It’s the system’ – what shopfloor workers
always said to this writer when he worked
in industry and argued against the wealth
and power of employers, business people
and the rich.
‘A lesson from the Obama years – failure to
seize the opportunities offered by the great
recession to reform an economic system that
has worked against most Americans for four
decades.’ (The Observer 17-1-2021)
It’s ridiculous, the state humanity is in.
With all the usual problems we’ve now
given ourselves climate and environment
We’ve got amazing technical capability but
terrible understanding of how we interact
with each other.
People look too much to politics for answers
and not enough at the everyday system.
Most think how we interact together in
business, work, trade (and politics itself)
is just how things are. Few mention the
system when talking politics, or look at the
relationships, what’s wrong with them, and
what we can do about them. They just expect
‘the government’ to ‘run the country’, as it is.
But the political institutions – Parliament,
National Assemblies, the Bundestag, Congress
and the rest - and the politicians – Chancellors,
Presidents, MP’s, Prime Ministers, Presidents,
Congress(w)men - don’t run everything.
It’s the other way round. Politics emerges from
society, especially from the core of the system –
how we all make money or make a living,
buy and sell goods and services, make deals
in business and work to produce them –
All politicians, commentators, and most
ordinary people, take the system as a given
and don’t mention it. And conservatives,
including their media, actively divert
attention from it. But political talk not
based on the system is futile.
When you or anyone else talk of what
politicians say and do, relate it to the system.
When talking politics with your ordinary
fellow-citizens, root it in the system, relate
discussion to their role and those of their
family, friends, neighbours and workmates.
Our rights to influence the system through
politics matter, but are remote at best.
There are so many long-established
relationships in the system that politics
actually distances us from challenging
them. So does how politicians and media
commentators mystify the system as
‘the economy’, ‘free markets’, ‘economics’
We don’t think or act coherently in politics
because, while everyone knows there’s big
things wrong with what we get as the
outcomes of the system, we don’t have
a clear understanding of the processes.
blame vague ‘metropolitan elites’, resort to
crazy conspiracy theories and big-talking
blusterers, and attack each other in culture
wars. And many give up on politics.
We’ll all cope better with life and politics
when we have a shared understanding of
the system, a clear, factual view of it, as
a reference point for political debate
about the rights and wrongs of it all.
These works provide one, without academic
talk of economics, capitalism, liberalism,
socialism, communism. They do it by simply
showing how we interact together, ordinarily,
They show how we - humanity - can relate
to each other fairly and run a sustainable
They explain the system clearly,
relating it to daily experience,
using everyday language.
This Introductory Text is also the start of
‘Sys-Ex - The Super Summary.pdf’, below.
Four Key Free Downloads:
… the full book. A long read at 225,000 words but
just read to page 31 and you’ll get the basics,
because that includes two summaries of it all.
The summaries are also downloadable here,
items 2 and 3 -
5,000 words in large text for phones/devices.
in normal size text for printing out
To buy the full book ‘The System Explained’ printed
£11.99 plus postage, from Lulu, to anywhere in the world,
- will help you discuss politics with others.
In large text for smart phones/devices.
As above but in smaller font for printing
- a version for progressive movements
with a small group activity for meetings.
Three One-page Charts summarising
some of the work’s key points as diagrams.
... how we relate in politics
… people’s right to organize as workers
… how we make all that wealth
- a key extract from the full book.
208 pages, v.2021.9
Buy it printed from Lulu by print-on-demand,
£7.00 plus postage, from here….
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