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About The System
Its the system - what workmates would
say to this writer when he worked in
industry on the shopfloor and argued
against the power employers have over
workers (all who need to have a job)
and the wealth they take from their work.
So what is the system? It is the everyday
relationships where you, I, everybody,
make things, provide services, they get
sold, we make our living, we buy things.
Business, production, work and trade.
From which come income and wealth.
People call it capitalism and free market
economics but best to name it for its
familiar central process, business, and
call it simply the business system.
convinced people that the business
system, deregulated, is the only way
to run the world. So people just take its
relationships, its distribution of power,
for granted. So a work like this can seem
abstract, distanced from normal politics.
Yet it is actually a concrete, grounded
explanation of the essentials of everyday
life, that people need to take account of
in politics. All political thought, debate
and action should make reference to
the system, and this work provides
the mental framework. More in
Why People Should Read This Work
at page 491.
of voluntary trades we make with each
other every day. We have subsidiary
systems: contract law to bring order
to it, governments that oversee it or
leave it alone (and provide public
services), and representative bodies
to make the laws and form the
governments. But they only
supervise the overall system.
This work shows how we, all of
humanity, work together in the
system, how we relate in the
essential, universal activities,
how we co-operate hugely but
also antagonistically, how,
through unfair relationships,
unfair terms of trade in jobs,
a minority dominate the majority,
who they both are, and how
the majority can regulate the
minority, in the workplaces
and in politics.
By Ed McDonnell
(see bottom of page).
After the further introductory text, next,
are free downloads, and links to where
you can buy printed copies.
People think the everyday world is run
by politics. But it is the other way round,
politics comes from the everyday world.
From, as said above, the system, from
how we relate to each other in making
a living or making money, making goods,
providing services, selling them.
Business, trade, work.
The economy, then politics.
Most people think there is a lot wrong
with it. And that governments let us
down. We are even wrecking our habitat.
But rather than tackle the unfairness
of the system we get diverted into
phony loyalties and divisions and
daft conspiracy theories.
That is because we ignore the system.
We need a clear understanding of it .
And to relate all and everyones politics
to it. Including ordinary peoples.
And to consider not only their
political standpoint, left, right etc.,
but their place in the system.
People look to politicians to put things
right and see the political parties as
just interchangeable management
teams all aiming to run the country,
for everyone, from above the system.
But politicians do not make the system,
and not from above it. They come from it
and represent the interests of different
groups in it, that are often against the
interests of other groups.
How we produce goods and services
to make our living involves everybody
working together so much, is so social,
so industrialised, so collective, it is
really a public activity. That is why
we call it The Economy. But it is run
privately by a self-confessed selfish
minority. They run this key activity,
of us all making our living together
intensely inter-connected, and they
control the sharing-out of income
and wealth. This prevents democratic
regulation of the economy and political
protection of people in their basic needs.
The system is the business system.
The minority is business people, the
business class. But people do not see
business people as a class. And most
of the great majority are workers but
do not see themselves as a class,
the worker class, either.
Conservatives claim the system
is all about the individual
this introductory text continues
in the full book, the free .pdf
download just below, at page 2,
in Why This Work Is Needed.
Then, in the book, you get
The Ten Minute Read then
The Twenty Minute Read then
the full content.
About The System.pdf v.2023.10.
A big read, just read to page 30 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.)
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In large text for devices.
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- a version for progressive movements
with a small group activity for meetings.
Three one-page charts - some of the
key points of the work as diagrams
The Right To Unionise
How We Relate In Politics
How We Make All The Wealth
(Was The Right To Organise In Unions)
- a subsidiary work taken from
the full book. 208 pages. v.2023.10
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Ed McDonnell is a retired lecturer.
He 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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