‘You can prove anything with facts’ – The Establishment by Owen Jones

Posted: September 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Review of Owen Jones’ – The Establishment and how they get away with it.


ojteIrrespective of where you stand politically, Owen Jones’ second book, The Establishment, will make you angry. If you are right wing, you’ll no doubt feel defensive, you’ll seek to undermine Jones by talking about the activist groups he is a part of, by saying he lacks understanding of human interaction, by talking about how young he is (as Philip Hensher tries to do in his review), doing just about everything except read the book and react to the points he raises. The negative reaction to The Establishment seems to rest on a premise of look at the silly man.  Jones addresses this fact a number of times in the books, talking about how in the 70s the outriders of the free market were themselves talked of in the same ways (and that is perhaps the first thing to remember: the establishment of the modern Establishment occurred in our…

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