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The Establishment by Owen   Jones
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it was amazing

While I already knew about most of the facts gathered together in this book, by putting them all together Owen Jones builds up a powerful and, to me, unarguable polemic. While Britain has always been ruled by a powerful, wealthy establishment elite, there was a period from post-war until 1980 in which their power was being diminished and we were becoming a fairer and more equal society. All that, as this book shows, has been thrown into reverse over the past 30 years and inequality is now worse than ever. Reading this very well researched and argued book should lead us in the UK (and things are no different in the USA) to question just how much we can call ourself a democracy.
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March 17, 2015 – Started Reading
March 17, 2015 – Shelved
March 23, 2015 – Finished Reading

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David Rothwell While it may have seemed a relaxed time, it most certainly was not. Most of the UK was, demonstrating against a new regime, one that was more powerful. One that threatened humanity globally, that beast was Nuclear Armament. CND being the leading activist against such weapons. Moreover, before those marches, people did march for the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign here in the UK. Decades later, they were still campaigning for Nuclear Disarmament as late as 1983. That particular year ABC Circle films produced a film for television that helped in the cause against nuclear arms. The Day After (TV Movie 1983). Through the 1980s we also had demonstrations against Poll Tax, and the miners strike which highlights the Battle of Orgreave in this book. I totally agree with you that as a species we really are like children, we have not evolved past prejudice whatsoever.


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