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The Establishment by Owen   Jones
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Its a good book I would say, which touched on how modern British Establishment came about. Jones gave a fair criticism to both Tories and Labour, in what he called 'a shared mindset'. Starting with the outriders formulating a free market ideology as a framework, which then picked up by the media for mass proliferation, free market ideology Jones argued have become the new normal. But its a sham, as the financial crisis in 2007-2008 have shown, deregulation ruined the economy. And at the end, public money is been used to save the banks - the new capitalism as said by Jones, is indeed socialism for the rich.

In conclusion, as opposed to binary thinking, he argued that rejecting this new normal is not statism, but a new democratic revolution, which gave a fair voice to all, including workers, and an end to corporation intervention and lobbying in politics. The book ends with a quote from Frederick Douglass, which is a brilliant way to end a book. Bravo!
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Reading Progress

June 20, 2016 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
June 20, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read (Paperback Edition)
June 20, 2016 – Shelved as: bought (Paperback Edition)
September 16, 2017 – Started Reading
September 16, 2017 – Shelved
September 16, 2017 –
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October 3, 2017 –
page 30
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October 15, 2017 –
page 124
34.64%
October 31, 2017 – Finished Reading
May 31, 2019 – Shelved as: world-politics

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