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The Establishment by Owen   Jones
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"The Establishment" is a case study of how neo-liberal, free market, survival-of-the-fittest ideas have hegemonized the political, economic and media space of modern Britain. But, as the author points out, those ideas have always been aimed to transcend national borders; a chapter of the book, dealing with the City of London, the heart of the world financial sector, is aptly called "Masters of the Universe", and the next one -- "The Illusion of Sovereignty". Reading this might open your eyes regardless of where you live.
Increasingly so, we are bombarded with variations of the notion that we live in a just and natural societal order; the ones doing the bombarding are, guess who -- media barons and politicians with a vested interest in this thing called "the Establishment". Any deviation from that natural order, however slight, is pegged as loony, immoral, traitorous even; alternatives are ridiculed, their proponents humiliated.
Sure, this is a biased book. So is almost anything you will ever read on the topic, even in academia, where economics departments have been deeply politicized and those within the humanities are continuously decimated under an unsympathetic status quo. At the very least, read it to get the alternative point of view, you might be surprised how deeply it will resonate.
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June 23, 2015 – Shelved
June 23, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
June 23, 2015 – Shelved as: political
June 23, 2015 – Shelved as: critical-theory
August 11, 2015 – Started Reading
September 13, 2015 – Finished Reading

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