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

what’s 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,

 into government.

›     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

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     Three Key Downloads:

1.    A Ten Minute Read.pdf  v.2020.1

        of 'Look at The System'

                 (in large font to read on smartphones)

       A Ten Minute Read In Standard Font

2.  How To Talk Politics With Each Other.pdf

       ... will help you discuss politics with others.

              (in large font to read on smartphones)

     How To Talk Politics - Standard Font Size.pdf


3.  Look at The System.pdf  v.2020.3

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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.

The Muddle Class.pdf  

… there is no ‘middle’ class

Just Politics and Law.pdf 

… that’s all nations are

Labour Is Fit To Govern.pdf 

... the myths about competence, spending and tax

Worker To Worker On Brexit, Trump and Populism.pdf 

… blame the business class, not ‘outsiders’

What Will It Be Like?

... if people do as these writings urge

One-page Summary Charts

Basic Politics.pdf    

... how we relate in politics

The Right To Organise.pdf 

… people’s right to organize as workers

It's Your Money Not Theirs.pdf 

 … how we make all that wealth


The Right To Organise In Unions.pdf 

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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