Look at The System
by Ed McDonnell examines and explains
how we relate in work, business, trade
and politics; and how to build a fair,
secure, sustainable global society.
In all the expressions of political opinion
made by individuals and politicians, few
raise the system as the problem.
And even they never explain it, identify
whats wrong with it, or say what we can
do about it. These writings do.
People call the system capitalism.
But that just refers to the accumulation
and re-cycling of money at the top.
It ignores the central process in the making
of capital and of capitalism the work process.
It ignores how people work together every day,
worldwide, producing goods and services,
making their living and making capital.
It ignores how people inter-act everyday
in the social and economic relationships,
the social processes and organisations,
that really constitute the capitalist system.
It ignores the key relationship the trade not
just in goods and services, but in people
the labour market.
This is analysed in free downloads below.
But first this summary ...
To solve humanity's problems we need to:
Look past everyday politics and
look at the system ...
... at how we interact in everyday life.
We need to explain the system ...
... demonstrate the explanation is true
from being based on observable,
everyday, life experiences ...
... spread this view widely ...
... including assessment of
the rights and wrongs of it ...
... especially of how business people
get power over the rest ...
... and how to correct the balance of power.
But people take how people relate and organise
in the business, work, trade and political
system as just the way things are.
In political debate they don't often mention
or criticise these basic relationships.
They take how they operate for granted.
They don't see that most things don't start
with or come from politics and politicians ...
... that most of them happen through,
the basic, long-established, everyday
relationships of the business system.
... that politics is just how you might
get a say in the overall system.
We need to spread awareness of a key fact -
business people run the world more
than politics and politicians do ...
...because they organise most of
the key public activities -
business - production - work - jobs - trade,
the buying and selling of goods and services.
Their everyday activity in business, work and
trade makes them (most of) 'the economy'.
That gives them political power even
before they act directly in politics.
They earn this power because of the fact that
they organise and act together as businesses.
To look after themselves directly in politics, they
run conservative media and conservative parties.
They are a class - the business class.
They are a minority of citizens.
They oppress the majority.
Most citizens are workers.
We too are a class - the worker class.
We represent ourselves weakly in the system.
We let business people dominate us every day,
at work, in political debate in the media,
and in politics itself.
We relate weakly to them because we don't
recognise them or ourselves as classes ...
... and most of all because ...
we don't organise and act together like they do.
To stand up to business and public sector
employers at work every day we need almost
all workers to be organised together in unions.
To respond to business people's political power
the majority need to organise into a progressive
social and political force ...
... based on organisations in which they too
act together daily in their everyday roles ...
... and from that continuing base,
represent themselves in politics.
Workers in close, meaningful contact with
each other in unionised workforces are
central to this progressive political force.
Because we don't look at these basics,
many people find politics confusing ...
... and take self-defeating attitudes
that allow the conservative minority,
who care only about themselves,
They group themselves and others by shallow
'identities', when they should identify and group,
and base their politics on, how people actually
relate in business, jobs, the economy and politics.
When we share a clear understanding of these
basics of 'the system' it'll be easier to make sense
of political issues, discuss them, and organise to
get society working fairly for all.
Look at The System -
- explains the system clearly,
- relates it to daily experience
- uses everyday language.
The Free Downloads and Links
(click on the red .pdf links)
Three Key Downloads:
1. A Ten Minute Read.pdf v.2020.1
of 'Look at The System'
(in large font to read on smartphones)
... will help you discuss politics with others.
(in large font to read on smartphones)
3. Look at The System.pdf v.2020.3
The full book, to download.
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Short, taster downloads
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Employers are organised - as businesses
and public bodies - and their organisations
are recognised in workplaces (obviously).
We need the right for worker's organisation
to be recognised in workplaces too.
there is no middle class
thats all nations are
... the myths about competence, spending and tax
blame the business class, not outsiders
... if people do as these writings urge
One-page Summary Charts
... how we relate in politics
peoples right to organize as workers
how we make all that wealth
An extract from the full book
144 pages, v.2020.1
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Author - Ed McDonnell, retired Lecturer in
Trade Union Education and active in politics
and worker's organisation for fifty years.
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