The Establishment: And how they get away with it

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引き続きベストセラーシリーズです。

この本は、

The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It is a non-fiction book published in 2014 by the British writer and political commentator Owen Jones. In it, Jones describes relationships between different groups which he believes form the British establishment. He explains the links between these groups and their purported common interest in promoting right-wing ideals, whilst often claiming to serve the public.
2014年に出版されたノンフィクションです。
著者のOwen Jonesは、イギリスの作家で政治コメンターでもあります。
彼は、イギリスで作られているいくつかのグループたとえば、ソーシャルクラス(階級)の差について記述しています。
そして、このぐるーぷとかれたの権利への一般的な関心の違いについても説明してます。

Chapter 1 – The Outriders[edit]

In this chapter, Jones discusses think tanks and groups which function to push the Overton Window. These groups include Institute for Economic Affairs, the Center for Policy Studies, the Adam Smith Institute, the Taxpayers’ Alliance. Jones claims that these are all groups that pose as non-partisan grassroots organisations but that actually have an agenda to push right wing policies. They receive funding from and contain many members with links to the Conservative Party.

第1章はOutridersというOverton Windowを推し進めた政治的なグループです。

Chapter 2 – The Westminster Cartel[edit]

This chapter discusses the political system in Britain and how it has changed over the years. It discusses the revolving door between politicians in the UK and big business, quoting for example, that 46% of the most profitable companies in Britain have an MP on their board of directors or as a shareholder. It discusses the Church of England’s relationship with British politics, stating that the UK is the only country other than Iran where members of the church are given a vote on political issues. It further discusses how many decisions made in parliament financially benefit the MPs that make the decisions, quoting a Daily Mirror report that at least 40 MPs stood to gain financially from changes made in privatising the NHS.

第2章は、ウエストミ二スターセントラルです。
これはイギリスの中央集権国家、会社システム、チャーチイングランドとの結びつきについて書かれています。

その後、政治、経済、税システム、教育など多くの分野についてイギリス社会を詳しく説明しいます。

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少しハードな内容ですが、イギリス社会をよく知るうえではよさそうな本です。

一度じっくり読みたい本だと思います。

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