DEF with the REVOLUTION lyrics

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Track List
Track 1 Here’s Your Chance: PARECON Intro – Intro
Track 1 Here’s Your Chance: PARECON Intro

Track 2 A Funeral for T-I-N-A: PARECON is the Alternative – Intro
Track 2 A Funeral for T-I-N-A: PARECON is the Alternative

Track 3 An Economy Ain’t Nothing but a Recipe – Intro
Track 3 An Economy Ain’t Nothing but a Recipe

Track 4 PARECON Values – Intro
Track 4 PARECON Values

Track 5 Class Dismissed: PARECON and Classlessness – Intro
Track 5 Class Dismissed: PARECON and Classlessness

Track 6 Who owns what: PARECON and Productive Property – Intro
Track 6 Who owns what: PARECON and Productive Property

Track 7 Ingredient One: Worker and Consumer Councils – Intro
Track 7 Ingredient One: Worker and Consumer Councils

Track 8 Ingredient Two: Balanced Job Complex – Intro
Track 8 Ingredient Two: Balanced Job Complex

Track 9 Ingredient Three: Reward for Effort and Sacrifice – Intro
Track 9 Ingredient Three: Reward for Effort and Sacrifice

Track 10 Ingredient Four: Participatory Planning – Intro
Track 10 Ingredient Four: Participatory Planning

Track 11 Efficiency – Intro
Track 11 Efficiency

Track 12 A Call for Cooks: PARECON Outro – Intro
Track 12 A Call for Cooks: PARECON Outro

Track 13 Bonus Track: No Gangsters

Track 14 Bonus Track: Gluttons for Punishment

 


Here’s Your Chance: PARECON Intro – Intro

Intro Narration:

Within a generation, hip hop has attracted the masses and given birth to a new worldwide culture. Having become a voice for the people, hip hop has the potential to be a voice for revolution.

Ladies and gentleman, what you are about to hear is truly revolutionary. The first hip hop album, for that matter the first album of any kind, to spell out a truly alternative vision to our current economic system, a system that provides luxury to a few, comfort to a few more, and misery to many many more.

We believe that we can do better than this. But in order to achieve such, it will take more than just tweaking and reforming the current system. It will take replacing it with something different, something better. We believe that something better is a vision called Participatory Economics, or PARECON for short.

And that’s where you come in.

Because, for vision like this to be realized, it’s gonna take a mass movement of folks devoted to changing the structure of society. In other words, it’s gonna take a revolution.

And I say, if it’s gonna take a revolution, then what better vehicle to start a revolution than hip hop.

So sit back, turn the volume up, and check this shit out.

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Here’s Your Chance: PARECON Intro

Chorus:

For anyone who’s ever rocked Chuck D and PE / anyone who’s ever rocked Dead Prez Let’s Get Free / anyone who’s ever bucked up and said – Damn the man / well here’s your, well here’s your chance / For anyone who’s ever thrown a fist up in the air / anyone who’s ever hollered – Hell nah, this ain’t fair / anyone who’s ever yelled – It’s time to take a stand / well here’s your, well here’s your chance

Verse One:

So here’s the story – Participatory Economics is the phonics / a new way of speaking – a new way of thinking / and linking – life and liberty / with more than just a system of profit and property / now wait… / I know what you’re thinking, so before it’s too late / listen up, let’s get one thing straight / narration: let’s get one thing straight

we reject communism / both market and centrally planned socialism / we reject capitalism in all its forms / we reject greed and competition as the norm… / we reject communism / both market and centrally planned socialism / we reject capitalism in all its forms / we reject the social food chain as the norm…

narration: yes yes yes, we’ve heard all this before / we know what you’re against, dear, but what are you for

well, for starters, how about full employment / a lot less work, a lot more enjoyment / everyone getting what they need and then some / no gap in power no gap in income / no more rich people, no more poor people / no more my people, no more your people / yeah you heard it straight from the source people / no employees working for people / no more bosses getting they ass kissed / no more corporate ladders, no more classes / just the masses giving an honest day for fair pay / in a system of fair play and fair say / over how the economy affects you / no power-hungry fake-ass leaders to neglect you / but everyone getting control over their own role / a better life without selling your heart and soul / and that’s the vision we’re using to replace this / that is, if you got the courage to embrace this

narration: ooooohhhh, challenge

Chorus:

For anyone who’s ever rocked Chuck D and PE / anyone who’s ever rocked Dead Prez Let’s Get Free / anyone who’s ever bucked up and said – Damn the man / well here’s your, well here’s your chance / For anyone who’s ever thrown a fist up in the air / anyone who’s ever hollered – Hell nah, this ain’t fair / anyone who’s ever yelled – It’s time to take a stand / well here’s your, well here’s your chance

Verse Two:

whether you rock no jewelry, fat ice, or gold plated nugget / bald head, hightop fade, combover, or mullet / whether you hustle in the streets or hustle in the suites / there’s something better, there’s something better / whether you’re cosmos, cheap wine, or rocks amaretto / combat boots, platforms, or stilettos / you a trust fund baby or child of the ghetto / there’s something better, there’s something better

but better in a different sense, not dollars and cents / not just the bills and the rents / but the everyday moments that make up a life / what you do for your dollar – how you sleep at night / how you keep it tight still keeping it right / when your belly’s full and your exhale’s light / you ain’t constantly looking over your shoulder / and debts ain’t always got your ass looking older / ’cause the choice ain’t between being winners and losers / beggars and choosers – the abused and the abusers / ’cause it ain’t about a competition / but working together to get back what we been missing / more time to make music and art / more time to play ball in the park / more time to just chill and reflect / more time for love and sex / and you can walk the city streets in peace / hang out on the corner with no fear of police / ’cause it ain’t socially profitable to put us in jail / and every day don’t feel like just another nail – in your coffin… / and you call ya mama often

Chorus:

For anyone who’s ever rocked Chuck D and PE / anyone who’s ever rocked Dead Prez Let’s Get Free / anyone who’s ever bucked up and said – Damn the man / well here’s your, well here’s your chance / For anyone who’s ever thrown a fist up in the air / anyone who’s ever hollered – Hell nah, this ain’t fair / anyone who’s ever yelled – It’s time to take a stand / well here’s your, well here’s your chance

Verse Three:

RESISTANCE – ain’t really measured by how high your fist is / but offering the people something different / then working hard so it ain’t just a wish list / can you dig this / if hip hop’s a way of life, which way is it / are you in it to win it or is this just a social visit / if you talk the talk, you better walk the walk / it ain’t enough for us to point and say it ain’t my fault / I said they love us bitching, they love us talking revolution / just as long as it ain’t followed by us talking the solution / so hip hop where you at – this is our time / let’s show what we can do with these beats and rhymes / we preach the grind, do we practice the preach / we got the plan, all we need is the courage to reach / so hip hop, say it again – this is our time / i know what we can do with these beats and rhymes / let’s lead the way – all it takes is the decision / to open your mind and listen – PARECON is the vision

For anyone who’s ever rocked Chuck D and PE

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A Funeral for T-I-N-A: PARECON is the Alternative – Intro

Intro Narration:

Now a common problem we encounter when we start talking about Participatory Economics is that too often people are followers of TINA. In other words, they have been taught that when it comes to capitalism, there is no alternative: T-I-N-A. But we’re here to let y’all know that there is an alternative, and that T-I-N-A bullshit is dead. So what we’re gonna do with this song is have a funeral for the belief that there is no alternative. We’re gonna take a moment and bid farewell to the idea that we’re stuck with capitalism. So for all those listening, bow your heads and then bob your heads… Let the mics be blessed and let’s put TINA’s ass to rest.

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A Funeral for T-I-N-A: PARECON is the Alternative

Verse One:

Margaret Thatcher made TINA a star hollering that: / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative / TINA was like a God at the end of the Cold War screaming: / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative / The fall of the Berlin Wall was called history’s end / People been following TINA ever since / like a Bible verse well rehearsed hollering that: / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative / that’s why they panic at the sound of PARECON and how we working it / ’cause there is an alternative – there is / who tells us what we know / who benefits from the status quo / I’m talking those who got incentive to ignore it / either afraid of the change or too scared to fight for it / so instead they tell us that it’s human nature / to be selfish and greedy killing each other for paper / but I ain’t buying it – I know the human race can do better / and if you know history – you know ain’t nothing forever / power holds control through ignorance and fear / but there is an alternative and it’s right here / Participatory Economics – now you heard / though we know it’s gonna take some time to spread the word / ’cause even if we had a time machine to make it clear / there’d still be y’all with your fingers in your ears / hooting and hollering capitalism’s the chosen one – know this, son / rolling your eyes is another way of closing ‘em – closing ‘em – closing ‘em

Chorus:

Did you hear the news – TINA’s dead / Go on and pour a little out for all those who said – that there – that… / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no……(sound of record scratch) / stop spinning that broken record, it ain’t true / PARECON gonna show you how we do

Verse Two:

There – is – no – alternative: T-I-N-A / They tell us competition is the-only-game / Food chain – law of the jungle – big business shit / survival of the fittest – social Darwinist shit / but if you really believe that shit, then where you at / i mean for real, i’ll grab my sawed off – you grab your gat

every man for himself, put your conscience on the shelf

let’s get raw, what you waiting for / let’s get down, let’s get foul, let’s have a battle royale / an all out brawl, a blood bath ball / and the last man standing gets it all – gets it all / is this really what we want – i mean how’s it understandable / after all this time, we’re still telling ourselves we’re animals / thinking capitalism is a natural order / ’cause capitalists are the ones who be drawing the borders / and the limits of acceptable discourse in this nation / and it’s no wonder, TINA spent a whole generation / saying there is no alternative to capitalist ways / but now we know that’s propaganda, just a silly catch phrase / Participatory Economics gonna show / this ain’t really human nature – it’s just the nature we know / so say bye bye TINA, time to die TINA / you had a good run, but now you gotta fly TINA / and for those whose religion is shattered as TINA leaves us / Adam Smith was not god and Milton Friedman was not Jesus

Chorus:

Did you hear the news – TINA’s dead / Go on and pour a little out for all those who said – that there – that… / (narrated on vinyl record sound effect) There is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no……(sound of record scratch) / stop spinning that broken record, it ain’t true / PARECON gonna show you how we do

Verse Three:

For thousands of year Egypt had slaves / Now that’s thousands of years where that didn’t change / To them it was all part of how things went / so just think if you’d have told them cats back then / about the way that we live today – yo kid for real / that kind of future would have sounded like a fairytale / and you can imagine the excuses that they would’ve gave / narration: an economy couldn’t function properly without slaves / now those words are a trip today, ’cause now we know it can / so tell me why PARECON is too utopian / Who says we can’t we have full employment / who says we gotta be at each other’s throats / Remember it was less than one hundred years ago / women still wasn’t allowed the vote / Imagine hollering TINA about dictatorship / mass illiteracy and child labor shit / I mean for real our indigenous never knew property / the way that we do in a capitalist economy / the real world’s only as real as you make it / it ain’t forever, it can change if you’re willing to take it / so out with the old – in with the new / raise a glass to TINA – this one’s for you / I can’t say that I’m not glad to see you go / but may you rest in peace and stay your ass deceased

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An Economy Ain’t Nothing but a Recipe – Intro

Intro Narration:

When economics is too difficult for the average person to understand, it’s to keep decision-making power out of his or her hands. Of course, that ain’t my idea of a good economy. I believe that because economics affects everyone, it should be understood by everyone. That’s why when we talk about economics in this album, we’re gonna break it down to the basics, we’re gonna call it for what it really is. So for anyone who thinks, like I once did, that all this economics talk is probably gonna be too much to comprehend, you only need to know one thing. An economy ain’t nothing but a recipe. That’s right. An economy ain’t nothing but a recipe. There’s what you put in, what you get out, and how you cook it.

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An Economy Ain’t Nothing but a Recipe

Chorus:

What’s on the menu – well that depends on what you want / We can continue – with the same old shit you got / Or we can switch it up – and give you something worth the wait / Open the kitchen up – so we can all participate / (repeat)

Narration: An economy ain’t nothin but a recipe / With three factors that make up the analogy

Verse One:

Factor One – what you looking to put in / before you fire up the oven – what’s the key ingredients / that set this dish apart – how is it defined / the difference between cordon bleu and chicken pot pie / it’s the ingredients that give a dish its name / in an economy it works just the same / you start with questions – basic like food groups / the answers to which lay down our economic roots / who owns what – who call the shots / who does this, who gets that – how do prices and wages get set / but be careful, careful how you tackle these questions / the answers matter like matters of life and death, son / so bless one – best pick the best one / we on the grind to find a world better than this one – this one – this one – this one

Chorus:

What’s on the menu – well that depends on what you want / We can continue – with the same old shit you got / Or we can switch it up – and give you something worth the wait / Open the kitchen up – so we can all participate / (repeat)

Narration: An economy ain’t nothin but a recipe / With three factors that make up the analogy

Verse Two:

Factor Two – what you looking to get out / the whole reason why you’re cooking – what’s this dish all about / things like look and texture – the mixture – of taste and smell – is it healthy at all – in an economy we call these qualities values – how you – experience the end result – how the system affects you – uplifts you or wrecks you / how hard you work – what you get paid / are you getting a fair slice of what gets made / are we competing or we cooperating / circumstances that you’re facing – the breaks that you’ve caught / the amount your voice counts – the choices that you got / how much – of your blood, sweat, and tears go in the pot / and for what – and for what – and for what

Chorus:

What’s on the menu – well that depends on what you want / We can continue – with the same old shit you got / Or we can switch it up – and give you something worth the wait / Open the kitchen up – so we can all participate / (repeat)

Narration: An economy ain’t nothin but a recipe / With three factors that make up the analogy

Verse Three:

Factor three – the cooking – the steps that you sweat out / how you go from what you put in – to what you what you get out / all the little details – how much – how long – how hot / how you execute the plan – what you do with what you got / but more than that – it’s not just what you’re doing, but who’s doing it / and if we got the skills not to ruin it / in economics, they don’t always show that / the folks who own the restaurant don’t want us to know that / part of the creation is participation / does our recipe encourage imagination / to work within the limits of our ingredients / or does the recipe require strict obedience / well if it does, that’s too bad, get that shit out your head / they say you are what you eat, but really you are what you fed / our daily bread – not just how we break it – but how they bake it / if we ain’t got the know how, how we gonna know how to make it / you gotta understand your options to demand something else / they can serve us anything if we can’t cook for ourselves / it’s time we get inside the kitchen – time we think outside the book / it’s time to take another look – i say we are what we cook

Chorus:

What’s on the menu – well that depends on what you want / We can continue – with the same old shit you got / Or we can switch it up – and give you something worth the wait / Open the kitchen up – so we can all participate / (repeat)

narration: you know they say too many cooks spoil the broth / yeah, well good thing we ain’t cooking broth

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PARECON Values – Intro

Intro Narration:

Well, now, any good cook knows that if you’re creating a recipe from scratch, you don’t start at the beginning. You start at the end. You ask yourself, “What do I want out of this dish? What is it that I want to be experienced when I’m done cooking?” Well, in economics, we ask, “What are the values we want to see in a good economy?”

And in a PARECON, the four basic values that we want to be experienced are equity, solidarity, self management, and diversity.

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PARECON Values

CHORUS: Equity / Solidarity / Self management / Diversity

Equity Verse:

we want equity – no unjust disparity / in income and circumstances / proper contribution and fair distribution / of health, wealth, resources, and chances / where what you make’s a fair share, a fair shake / not what you can take or what you can fake / but what you really deserve – how hard you work – no more no less – no mystery no stress – and you ain’t playing the fool when you doing your best / but more than that – it’s where you work at / the circumstances you endure to get your scratch / where ambition – is happiness in your position / and profit ain’t the mission – but safe and healthy conditions / that don’t neglect your body or mind / and a schedule that respects your time / give us equity – so you ain’t punching a clock while they pushing a yacht / and neither of you give it a thought / give us equity – where ain’t no jackers cocking a glock / willing to risk your life to get what they ain’t got / give us equity – where you ain’t making your jack / straight breaking your back in the blazing ass heat / making less than those blessed in they office chairs / playing solitaire blasting the cold AC / we want an economy where we can all boast / that those who work the hardest get the most / and ain’t no capitalist pigs ’cause we don’t feed ‘em / and ain’t no lotteries ’cause we don’t need ‘em

CHORUS: Equity (over and over)

Solidarity Verse:

we want solidarity – a world with civility / a world that revolves around more than just me / a world where I care how you and yours do / and I’m aware how the decisions I make affect you / respect due – a different sense of wrong and right / and it’s for more than just the fortunate few in my line of sight / we want a world where we ain’t always cheating each other / but instead we looking out for one another / a world where if one comes up then we all come up / but if one hits the ground then we can all get down / solidarity – the whole point of unity / like how we tell our kids – the way the world’s supposed to be / we ain’t consumed with becoming number one / leaving the rest of us in slums, steady fighting over crumbs / and ain’t no class war ’cause there’s no classes / and ain’t no mean mugging ’cause we ain’t always watching our asses / and getting ahead ain’t winning a backstabbing contest / and competition’s left to sports, checkers, and chess / ’cause the economy ain’t no game, lives ain’t no game / my family ain’t no game, justice ain’t no game / solidarity – humanity – just basic common sense / where you don’t get yours, get more at someone else’s expense / ’cause in the kind of future we embrace / the rat race gets the gas face / we tired of running from rags, tired of staring up at riches / time we tear them ladders down, then we turn ‘em into bridges

CHORUS: Solidarity (over and over)

Self Management Verse:

self management – a certain level of autonomy / with solidarity supporting others’ liberty / to the degree each decision affects us / protects us from others being careless or reckless / self management goes hand in hand with equity / it’s your prerogative what you demand from the economy / i said the path that you want to take, what fulfills you / not struggling at a job you hate until it kills you / ’cause ain’t no outside forces forcing you / to do the work no one else will do / but if you want to do it, then you should get paid more / why the hell else would you be doing it for / and if you want to change your job or go back to school – well, you can do it / take a day off and act a fool – well, you can do it / take a trip to the beach – go out for some eats / listen to a symphony or check out some fresh beats / you the master of your own paycheck / nobody cracking a whip, nobody breathing down your neck / nobody disrespecting you – yelling at you / telling grown folk how and what they should do / no cussing or dissing when you make a mistake / no holding your piss in ’cause you ain’t allowed a break / no orders being barked, no swimming with sharks / just everybody doing they thing, doing they part / with more direction than just my way or the highway / we want a workplace where everybody got a fair say / no mandatory overtime – work what you want – no more no less / and ain’t no quotas, except for doing your best / and ain’t no owners ’cause we run the show / and ain’t no bosses except the ones being they own

CHORUS: Self Management (over and over)

Diversity Verse:

we want diversity – less chains more choices / more voices – not just the noise from your boys / in the boardrooms and the skyscrapers / telling us to sell ourselves out for more paper / we want a world where everybody got a fair say / nobody sweating you finding your own, making your way / and work ain’t always got you doing the same thing / and life ain’t always got you doing the same thing / give us diversity – eyes and skills to recognize / it’s more than just our piece, it’s more than just one pie / we more than just ants, more than a shuffle and a dance / we got potential to contribute, got dreams to advance / we want diversity in the path we take / the time we spend, the decisions we make / how we work, the tasks we do / choosing a job, not the job choosing you / give us diversity – a world where you know you ain’t stuck / with bad gene pools, bad schools, or bad luck / a world with more than a few sorry eggs and one basket / a world where critical thinking is a habit / when education teaches us more than to endure / being slaves to a wage, taking orders, work that’s boring / diversity – respecting different perspectives / enhancing the practice of democracy – projecting / communities reflecting all kinds of flavors / and solidarity, so ain’t nobody grilling they neighbors

CHORUS: Diversity (over and over)

CHORUS: Equity / Solidarity / Self management / Diversity

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Class Dismissed: PARECON and Classlessness – Intro

Intro Narration:

When someone asks you what kind of meal you’re in the mood for, you don’t say “one that’s fried and heavy” or “one that’s light and healthy.” You say I’m in the mood for Mexican or Italian or Indian or whatever. These one-word descriptions sum up the basic experiences you’ll enjoy.

Likewise, instead of having to go into the four basic values of equity, solidarity, self management, and diversity, you can simply tell someone that the goal of Participatory Economics is a classless economy – one that rejects the food chains of classism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, jingoism, and any other form of hierarchical division.

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Class Dismissed: PARECON and Classlessness

Verse One:

And they tell us there ain’t no class war / Tell that to the working poor / Tell it to the dreary eyed souls on the assembly line / Tell it to those working mandatory overtime / Tell it to the poor slob juggling three jobs / Walking home late at night worrying about getting robbed / Tell it to the immigrants on their way to / do the jobs that they tell us that we just won’t do / tell it to the kids raised up to be dummies / ’cause they wasn’t born in school districts with money / Tell it to the sweatshop girl with tears down her face / Disrespected and humiliated on a daily basis / Tell it to the crowds shivering at the bus stop / Tell it to the young brother getting hassled by the cops / Tell it the father who can’t afford to get sick / Tell it to the sister thinking about turning tricks / Tell it to the single mother downsized on Christmas Eve / While the CEO got a 20-Mil bonus up his sleeve / Who we kidding – what world you living / where most folks never leave the class they was given / the whole concept of the american dream’s / about trading in your rags to be on the rich team / but why can’t the dream be to get rid of class / where no one individual or group can amass / the juice or opportunity to rule anyone else / we want an economy where you only rule yourself / one with equity – solidarity / self management – diversity / classlessness – the whole goal of PARECON / with institutions to produce the kind of world we want

Chorus:

Classism – it’s gotta go / check the chorus coming from below – from below / telling all those who only know being oppressed / ring the bell, that shit’s over, yo it’s class dismissed / Classism – it’s gotta go / no more food chain running the show – running the show / so for all those who’ve been getting they ass frenchkissed / ring the bell, time’s up, I said it’s class dismissed

Verse Two:

Ring the bell – class dismissed / not meaning that we don’t take class serious / ’cause if you hearing this – well then you know we do / and if you think this is dressed up communism – it ain’t true / while we reject market economy we won’t hide / nor do we want an economy that’s centrally decided / Marx saw the masses mainly in two classes / workers and owners, but power fogged up his boys glasses / While they was steady busy dissing the one, son / Some would say they was missing a third one / the only class capitalists are allowed to mention / we talking those in the middle of the system / The middle and upper middle class who call the shots / enforce the rules written by those up top / Like volunteer referees so the game runs clean / hoping one day they’ll be playing for the varsity team / and you can change the masters but it’s still the same class / it’s bosses who make the food chain hold fast / when it’s top down – it doesn’t matter who’s above them / whether the state or the owners – they love them – they love them / the same problem that plagued failed socialist attempts / is the same bitch slap used by capitalist pimps

Chorus:

Classism – it’s gotta go / check the chorus coming from below – from below / telling all those who only know being oppressed / ring the bell, that shit’s over, yo it’s class dismissed / Classism – it’s gotta go / no more food chain running the show – running the show / so for all those who’ve been getting they ass frenchkissed / ring the bell, time’s up, I said it’s class dismissed

Verse Three:

Yo, class ain’t just about cash, let me explain / productive property’s only one link in the food chain / who makes your schedule – who assigns your tasks / who writes the laws – who places the ads / who runs your show – whose show you run / what classes are below – what classes above / labor competition relies on division / where groups ally to monopolize decisions / from status of title to work and working conditions / self management’s proportionate to bargaining position / we all for unity, but not – in the service of class / where one group wears the head and another the ass / big shots and big nots – what kind of pull you got / when it’s all about the ladder, it’s all about your spot / and don’t forget, power’s just as much about info / that’s why those who hold the cards know to hold ‘em close / keeping us in the dark keeps expectations low / and low self esteem don’t demand much dough / but fuck that – it’s time we come together as equals / from every capitol building to every shiny church steeple / holler out loud: we tired of class war, people / we need a plan that insures people, adores people / an economy with choices that don’t ignore people / a vision intended to restore people’s / faith in one another, where we don’t see each other as the “other” / every woman is a sister, every man a brother / Just remember classism ain’t the last ism / the food chain employs all kinds of ism’s / from race to gender, sexual preference and more / economics is only one door – we breaking down

Chorus:

Classism – it’s gotta go / check the chorus coming from below – from below / telling all those who only know being oppressed / ring the bell, that shit’s over, yo it’s class dismissed / Classism – it’s gotta go / no more food chain running the show – running the show / so for all those who’ve been getting they ass frenchkissed / ring the bell, time’s up, I said it’s class dismissed

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Who owns what: PARECON and Productive Property – Intro

Intro Narration:

Ok, so we’ve talked about the values we want out of PARECON. We’ve talked about the goal being a classless economy. So how do we get there?

Well, remember, in track three we laid out how an economy really just boils down to how you answer a few basic questions. Keeping with the food analogy, I like to think of these questions like the basic food groups.

And the first of these basic food group questions we have to ask is, “Who owns what?”

Now, by “Who owns what,” we mean who owns productive property. Who owns the property that fuels the economy? From land and minerals to factories and machinery all the way to intellectual property, who will have decision-making power over this potential? Who will decide how it will affect everyone else?

And unlike in capitalism, in a Participatory Economy no one individual or group of individuals has that type of ultimate power.

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Who owns what: PARECON and Productive Property

Verse One:

capitalism is like an apple pie for sure / you take the apples out it ain’t an apple pie no more / so tell me baby what’s the apples in our capitalist pie / the concept that anyone should own their own slice / of farmland, factory, machinery / basically any kind of productive property / now what did you say – no, i didn’t say private / needs, wants, stuff – if you work for it, you can buy it / but if it’s property for more than just enjoyment / property that produces or is used for employment / in a PARECON, it can’t be bought or sold / productive property is something that you just won’t own / we all own it together, everything’s in the pot / and capitalism goes down with just one shot / no more slaves to a wage – slaves to a price / no more world where someone else is rolling your dice / where those who own the most – got the most say / the most sway, make the rules, set the price, set the pay / you could work you whole life and they might never work a day / i say we scrap that shit, now tell me what you say

narration: but wait if someone owns productive property and then gives me a job / what could be wrong with that

well let me break it down, tell you how we get robbed / if they own the company, well then they own your job / and if you can’t see where i’m going, then you just they type / ’cause if they own your job, then they own your life / or at least a third of it, and to make matters worse / if they own your job, then they own your work / now tell me how another cow gonna own your milk / thirty years down the road sell the dairy you built / leave your ass high and dry headed over the hill / telling you not to cry – your glass is only half spilt – bossie please

CHORUS:

but if I don’t own it, and you don’t own it / and no one owns it, that means everyone owns it / capitalism is like an apple pie for sure / you take the apples out, it ain’t an apple pie no more / so tell me, neighbor, what’s the apples in our capitalist pie / owning productive property as part of economic life

Verse Two:

we always hearing you get it how you can take it / forgetting that we came into this world buck naked / with no possessions aside from our potential / i didn’t choose my birth, it was purely accidental / so what gives me the right / to own property that affects your life / where you work, where you live / what you buy, how much you spend / once you steal another’s choice, you can’t return it – you’ve burned it / and don’t fall for that shit about hard work and how they earned it / you don’t earn the right to speak for someone else / choose for someone else – what you earn is what you give of yourself / ’cause if the property is doing the work – that ain’t you / and if the workers are doing the work – that ain’t you / it doesn’t matter how you get it or what you choose to do with it / owning productive property is strictly off limits

narration: but if this system has provided us a lot of the things we need and want

where’s the draw backs

what kind of system rewards the gumption / to take control over another’s consumption / decide how to divide productive resources / separate the fortunate sons from the unfortunate corpses / why should greed count more than need / why should my hunger count less than a land deed / when it’s food and water, you better understand / that a title in they pocket’s like a gun in they hand / the power to deny welfare and healthcare / i’ll bet the stars that tomorrow they’ll be buying up the air / a shopping spree for wind, the sun, the rain that falls / if no one’s out there to stop them, they’ll be buying it all / and if you think that i’m joking, well you best think twice / while you was bobbing your head, they already patenting life / and somehow nobody finds this shit morally odd / if they keep buying up the world, we might as well go ahead and call them devils god

CHORUS:

but if I don’t own it, and you don’t own it / and no one owns it, that means everyone owns it / capitalism is like an apple pie for sure / you take the apples out, it ain’t an apple pie no more / so tell me, neighbor, what’s the apples in our capitalist pie / owning productive property as part of economic life

Verse Three:

so let me say again and make sure it’s understood / if it’s personal goods, then baby it’s all good / but in the kind of future that we want / we get paid for the work we do – not the work we own / owning productive property just ain’t an option / and everything in the world ain’t up for fucking auction / capitalism lets one person turn the gift of our earth / into an instrument to benefit from other people’s work / robbing the next cat of self management / and little by little our diversity vanishes / they make us think solidarity is just giving to charity / nevermind the reason why we got such a disparity / what they talking about – buy low sell high / they ain’t talking about no stocks, they talking about our lives / each new receipt is just another bargaining chip / while the rest of us just trying not to lose our grip / so down with OPP – owning productive property / down with it – down with it – six feet in the ground with it / let me hear you holler PARECON if you get me / i said we firing the current owners, we taking over, now who’s with me

CHORUS:

’cause if I don’t own it, and you don’t own it / and no one owns it, that means everyone owns it / capitalism is like an apple pie for sure / you take the apples out, it ain’t an apple pie no more / so tell me, neighbor, what’s the apples in our capitalist pie / owning productive property as part of economic life / ’cause if I don’t own it, and you don’t own it / and no one owns it, that means everyone owns it

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Ingredient One: Worker and Consumer Councils – Intro

Intro Narration:

And voila, we just got rid of capitalism. Capitalists, by definition, are the owners of capital, the owners of productive property. If you eliminate the ownership of productive property, you eliminate capitalists. No more capitalists, no more capitalism.

This of course doesn’t mean that productive property goes to waste. Just because productive property can’t be personally owned doesn’t mean that we do nothing with it.

Productive property can still be used to provide the things we need and want. It’s just that the power to make those decisions is no longer a matter of who possesses a particular receipt, deed, or the right piece of paper. Instead, we allow for a more democratic decision-making process, one that upholds the values of equity, solidarity, self management, and diversity.

In other words, we answer our next basic food group question: “Who calls the shots?” If there are no individual owners of productive property, then who calls the shots as it pertains to the use of productive property?

The answer to which is actually our first main ingredient, our first economic institution: Worker and Consumer Councils.

Instead of some grand food chain of money and power dictating the use of resources, PARECON allows ordinary people to deliberate in relatively small councils in order to decide what is best for their community.

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Ingredient One: Worker and Consumer Councils

CHORUS:

when there’s power to the people, baby, who calls the shots / worker and consumer councils we call the shots / who calls the shots who calls the shots / worker and consumer councils we call the shots / (repeat)

Verse One:

In a PARECON services and goods / ain’t figured at the top, but the level of neighborhoods / through councils – basically just democratic groups / where every member has a say and the right to choose / according to the impact decisions have on them / and if there ain’t no impact, then your voice ain’t in it / we start with groups the size of maybe 20 families / with each council part of a bigger community / and the larger council represents the councils within / when choices in one affect more than just their members

Narration: so wait wait slow down let me get this straight / councils within councils, how is that not a food chain?

well, check it, just think of councils like birds in a nest / and all the little nests are part of a bigger nest / and the bigger nest is part of an even bigger one / and so on and so on and so on / that way, power don’t start at the top and rain down / but at the same nest level, there’s enough to go around / it ain’t about – who’s on top of who’s on top of who / the only power you got is to decide for you / and your nest, no excess rule or control / so we get what’s best for the people as a whole / from food and shelter to toys and clothes / to libraries, fire departments, bridges, and roads / and all the birds deliberate till there’s agreement in the nest / then each council decides their own budget request / made up of both personal and collective orders / limited to what the community can afford for / the work each and all members are willing to give / so it’s equal to the worth of the goods they want to get / and that’s it – no need for extra authority / no need for the input of a powerful minority / it’s for y’all to choose what you can or can’t consume / ’cause who better to decide what’s good for you than you

CHORUS:

when there’s power to the people, baby, who calls the shots / worker and consumer councils we call the shots / who calls the shots who calls the shots / worker and consumer councils we call the shots / (repeat)

Verse Two:

And next we go to workers in the workplace / forming councils to address the challenges they face / so all the day to day, week to week routine plans / are held by everyone – not in just a few hands / and the future’s decided by who it affects / out in the open so the rest of us can keep it in check / and no it ain’t a perfect world, and everyone ain’t a saint / full agreement if we can get it – close enough if we can’t / with proportionate vote according to impact / where the consequence you cause is the consequence you get back / with real democracy – power don’t come first / and priority goes with those who fair the worst

Narration: yeah, but who runs the show if there’s no owners or bosses / who gets the credit – who takes the losses

well baby that’s us, that’s what self management is / we take control of our lives when we control the business / the same decisions that was made at the top before / get made through agreement on the council floor / now that don’t mean ain’t no power no more / you still got authority in what you was hired on for / it just means beyond your specialty you ain’t got / no more juice than the next worker to call the shots / ’cause when there’s too much distance between you and your decisions / you ain’t as competent to comment on other’s conditions / that’s why there ain’t a person rocking this record who ain’t thought / I could do a better job than them clowns at the top

CHORUS:

when there’s power to the people, baby, who calls the shots / worker and consumer councils we call the shots / who calls the shots who calls the shots / worker and consumer councils we call the shots / (repeat)

Verse Three:

Imagine what power to the people really looks like / where ain’t just one MC, and ain’t just one mic / when no person or group is any more powerful / there’s just the power of worker and consumer councils / ain’t no leader stealing all the glory / you the hero of your own story / no need for a savior to save the day / when everybody getting theirs through a fair say / different voices being heard, ideas being stirred / deliberation and creation in a council, we’d prefer / a day when the bargaining powers that be – don’t ignore us / and outside pressures ain’t making our choices for us / that’s why we getting rid the whole food chain / and a school system that be washing our brains / nobody tell us our minds, we making up our own / and ain’t no daddy to elect, ’cause cousin we grown / we ain’t children we can work it out ourselves / with real education, ain’t no need for no one else / self management is the only power we want / where i ain’t got no more than you got – than you got / who am i to decide – who gets what at what cost / and who are you to tell another worker – you they boss / ’cause property ain’t got a damn thing to do / with my right to decide what happens to you / and the power of a person should be limited to / that person’s life – it ain’t no true or false, that shit is true

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Ingredient Two: Balanced Job Complex – Intro

Intro Narration:

Now, anyone familiar with failed attempts at socialism knows that classism does not go away just because you eliminate private ownership of productive property. Sure, it may no longer be a Capitalist apple pie. But what about the crust and the filling? What about the 20 percent of workers who run the show for those at the top – those who get paid more for doing work that is more empowering and/or more desirable? We’re not saying that these are bad or evil people. We’re just identifying class structure. If we intend to have a classless society, we must first identify what makes up class.

Of course a lot of people associate class with money and power. But often class can be just as much a matter of who does what.

Luckily, “Who does what?” is our next basic food group question.

And the answer is our next main ingredient, an economic institution we call a Balanced Job Complex. In simple terms, it’s just you and I doing a fair mix of tasks at work, where some aren’t just doing the more desirable stuff while the rest are left to do all the shit work. In a Balanced Job Complex, the diversity in our jobs balances out. So there’s not this huge gap in the quality of our work lives.

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Ingredient Two: Balanced Job Complex

Verse One:

If the thought of Monday got your face turned red / and the end of every break got you shaking your head / whether it’s aching shoulders – bad back – swollen feet / shivering from the cold or soaked from the heat / if you collapse from exhaustion or can’t stand up straight / still getting up early and going home late / all the while – those at the top wearing a smile / talking that 110 percent shit – going that extra mile / before you lose your mind – go on a killing spree / just know, cousin, this ain’t the way it’s gotta be / imagine a workplace where we all / share equitably the burden and the shots being called / Narration: yo man that’s bullshit – don’t even front – that shit don’t exist / maybe not right now, but in the vision we kicking / they call it – balanced job complex – Narration: yo man that sounds complex / nah, it’s all in how you look at the text / think of it like a fair share workload, kid / you do your fair share of nice – and your fair share of the bullshit / Narration: yeah but don’t nobody like doing that / precisely why it should be shared and not just for the rats / in the race we gotta face the kind of future we want / one with diversity and equity in the tasks we got / where the workers all sit down and rank each task / figure each workers share by doing the math / and if we simply can’t get the mix that close / well, those who got it worst get paid the most / the whole point’s to balance out the good and the bad / and give us equity so ain’t nobody going home mad

CHORUS:

a balanced job complex / is a balanced mix of tasks / no corporate division of labor / no reproducing class / a balanced job complex / is a balanced mix of tasks / where the quality of our work lives / ain’t no unfair bullshit

Verse Two:

Narration: yeah but everyone can’t be a brain surgeon / but that don’t mean the rest gotta be miserable working / and check it – doctors ain’t too good to empty bed pans / and lawyers ain’t too good to dirty they hands / and wage workers ain’t too low to use they minds / all we need is proper training and a chance to shine / now that don’t mean that you gotta give up your specialty / it just means that we got proper diversity / you won’t do just one thing, but a fair mix of tasks / if we all work a balance – ain’t no need for class / where a few spend they 8 calling the shots / while the rest of us spend our 8 rotting

another day another dollar – what a sad cliche / to know the value of a dollar but the not the value of a day / and it’s ironic, ’cause ain’t no mystery what you’d choose / if your ass had to pick the kind of work you do / the empowering, interesting, challenging, diverse / fun and rewarding – or would you rather work / the boring, the mindless, repetitive, stressful / uncomfortable, unhealthy, exhausting – in a cestpool / would you rather be in the boardrooms or the coalmines / do your business on the golf course or assembly line / end your day popping champagne tops / or sleep under your sewing machine in a sweatshop / ask yourself: why’s it gotta be one way / where some act the master and some the wage slave / from hard hats to loafers, go-getters to go-fors / in a PARECON, this nonsense is over

CHORUS:

a balanced job complex / is a balanced mix of tasks / no corporate division of labor / no reproducing class / a balanced job complex / is a balanced mix of tasks / where the quality of our work lives / ain’t no unfair bullshit

Verse Three:

Why should some have it easy while others bust they ass / the only justification’s a justification of class / but it ain’t just about how hard it is on your spine / but diversity in how you utilize your mind / what you think that it does to your mind when you / spend 40 straight a week screwing in one screw / you know some jobs develop our brains and skills / while most just deaden us and drain our will / ’cause power ain’t just money, it’s about info / that’s why so many jobs is need to know / it’s about the big picture and how it adds to your flow / and if they bogart that shit, well then they run the show / but when a job nurtures learning and tasks more diverse / they can’t rule your shit ’cause you know how shit works / transparency so everybody know the score / nobody holding all the cards, hollering they worth more / nobody thinking they stars, but rather wanting what’s fair / and solidarity, ’cause everybody doing they share

CHORUS:

a balanced job complex / is a balanced mix of tasks / no corporate division of labor / no reproducing class / a balanced job complex / is a balanced mix of tasks / where the quality of our work lives / ain’t no unfair bullshit

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Ingredient Three: Reward for Effort and Sacrifice – Intro

Intro Narration:

Equity is not just about everyone doing their fair share. It’s also about everyone getting their fair share. So if the Balanced Job Complex is our institution to deal with “who does what,” we next have to answer the basic food group question “how are wages set.”

In other words, what do we get paid? Just because we plan on having a more just economy doesn’t mean you’re not going to get paid. It doesn’t mean you’re not going to see reward for the fruits of your labor. It simply means we have a more just mechanism for getting paid. It means that how we get paid is in line with our values, specifically the value of equity.

Now, remember, equity is really about fairness. So how do we decide a fair norm or standard for getting paid?

The answer is to get paid for the one thing we all have control over, and that’s our effort and sacrifice. Our next main ingredient is the economic institution of Reward for Effort and Sacrifice. It’s getting a share of the pie proportionate to how much of yourself you put in making it.

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Ingredient Three: Reward for Effort and Sacrifice

Chorus:

you ain’t gotta have a phd / you ain’t gotta have a master’s degree / you ain’t even gotta have a ged / to understand work and getting paid what you worth / (repeat)

Verse One:

What you worth when your sweat hits the ground / what you worth when your head is pounding / what you worth as the clock goes round / what you worth in a PARECON – let’s put it down / Ask yourself – how we gonna have equity / unless we all got the same opportunity / and no that don’t mean we all get paid the same sum / but how we get paid is the same for everyone / all we want is a norm applied across the board / a constant to calculate an honest day’s reward / a world where there’s not – different rules / for those who got better tools from better schools / and your income don’t depend on / whose daughter or son you are or where you come from / how much your name is worth – the luck of your birth / right time right place, how you landed on this earth / all the shit that you can’t control / accidents like genetics, sex, and skin tone / which streets you know – park ave or skid row / or choices that you made ten, twenty years ago / we want a system that don’t rest your weekly wealth / on who you know, or who you know who knows someone else / and the rent ain’t based on you chasing commission / or listening to someone bitching while your mind’s gone fishing / i said a world where you ain’t making the minimum an hour / just because you ain’t blessed with property or power / Participatory Economics getting rid / of a market where the fruit of your labor is up for bid / Optional Narration: (sample of auctioneer)

Chorus:

you ain’t gotta have a phd / you ain’t gotta have a master’s degree / you ain’t even gotta have a ged / to understand work and getting paid what you worth / (repeat)

Verse Two:

so what you worth, what’s the equity we talking about / what’s the standard to measure how much we get out / well, what’s the one thing you got control over / it’s your work, your heart, ’cause you the sole owner / so when they ask how much pie is a fair slice / it’s only fair if it’s tied to effort and sacrifice / effort and sacrifice that’s the price, that’s the price / effort and sacrifice that’s the price, that’s the price / effort and sacrifice that’s the price, that’s the price / effort and sacrifice, check it / how much you give of yourself just you and no one else / what you contribute to society’s the measure of wealth / we gotta rethink the way we look at our pay / not as a check, not as cash, but as you staking your claim / on the amount you want / of what society’s producing / based on the time and energy it’s worth losing / self management – you decide how much you earn / when what you give of yourself is what you get in return / work to the level of what you want, no more no less / and pay rate increases with intensity and stress / so in a more desirable future, we would suppose / the toughest and least safe work gets the most / in a system / where you get what you give / if you want more out, well then you put more in / it’s up to you – what you want comes first / of course there’s limits, so ain’t nobody dying from work / but if you really want to buy more stuff – that’s on you / and if you just want to chill and relax – that’s on you / if what you truly value is more free time / you can work the minimum, just enough to get by / you decide what’s too much and what’s enough / you want more time, well then you get less stuff / it’s all about what it’s worth to you, you make the call / and the same fair standard applies to one and all

Chorus:

you ain’t gotta have a phd / you ain’t gotta have a master’s degree / you ain’t even gotta have a ged / to understand work and getting paid what you worth / (repeat)

Verse Three:

Narration: yeah but how do you measure effort and sacrifice

how do you get in someone’s head, how do you see through their eyes?

So let’s be straight, what we’re talking’s not a science / it ain’t like flipping the switch on an appliance / when we talking vision – there ain’t no magic textbook and / sometimes experimenting is part of the cooking / it’s up to workers’ councils to decide their style / and for sure for a while it’s gonna be error and trial / with some figuring it out better than others / then sharing their knowledge, so we can learn from one another / working together with your peers to define / measuring performance at specific tasks over time / even the honor system may be part of the treatment / ’cause in a good economy – ain’t much reason for cheatin’ / hell maybe doctors and scientists could get in on it / the point is – it could be done if we really want it / Narration: yeah but why not measure by output, like a form of commission / ’cause paying for production’s just a form of competition / and competition only turns us into opponents / just gives us more shit we ain’t got control over / if it ain’t the power of the one signing the check / it’s the speed and the strength of the next worker’s back / and not everyone’s blessed with the same god given gifts / i might work two times harder produce three times less / it ain’t the quantity of what you can push through the line / but the quality – of your effort and sacrifice / we ain’t never gonna have a world with equity / until will is worth more than ability / In a PARECON, the factors ain’t coincidental / you’re measured not against others but against your own potential / and it kills ‘em, you know it kills ‘em, you know it kills ‘em / it kills ‘em, it kills ‘em, it kills ‘em / when we ain’t competing for the same dollar / solidarity making capitalists cry, scream, and holler / they shitting they draw’s, because we got the nerve / telling workers to expect to get what they deserve

Chorus:

you ain’t gotta have a phd / you ain’t gotta have a master’s degree / you ain’t even gotta have a ged / to understand work and getting paid what you worth / (repeat)

effort and sacrifice that’s the price, that’s the price / effort and sacrifice that’s the price, that’s the price / effort and sacrifice that’s the price, that’s the price / effort and sacrifice, check it / (repeat)

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Ingredient Four: Participatory Planning – Intro

Intro Narration:

Having already asked who owns what, who calls the shots, who does what, and how wages are set, there’s only two basic food group questions left. There’s “who gets what,” and there’s “how prices are set.”

Now, in economic terms these two questions address what we call allocation. And in a capitalist economy, these two questions are left to what they call “the market.”

So what’s our alternative? Well, many assume that we’re looking toward a centrally planned economy like in the Soviet Union. But we’re not. Remember, we’re looking to avoid the food chain. We’re looking to avoid a class of coordinators.

Instead of institutions that embrace top-down vertical power, Participatory Economics opts for a system of horizontal power where each person or group has a say proportionate to how the decision affects them. Through the institution of Participatory Planning, we allow nested Worker and Consumer Councils to cooperate and negotiate the best use for resources.


Ingredient Four: Participatory Planning

Verse One:

In a market, prices and wages are set by competition / No solidarity, ’cause everyone’s on a mission / to get theirs – in other words, to get yours / sure, you could do the right thing, but what for / when bargaining power’s dressed up as justice, bust this / all values are out the window, trust this / He with the most receipts makes the rules / While receiptless disciples of the market play the fool / Ask yourself – who’s the one getting over / when water is the price of soda / when death is the price of life saving drugs / ain’t hard to see that a market economy breeds thugs / and if you seeking remedy, don’t hold your breath / without a fancy ass lawyer, the courts is deaf / and when the media’s a market auctioning off speech / There’s no voice without a receipt / it don’t take a psychic to know what they all about / when you hear them devils say – let the market sort it out / ’cause let the market sort it out, well that means we stuck / bowing down to the biggest gun or biggest checkbook / and it ain’t just price – that the market perverts / when wages are targeted, it’s the workers who hurt / pitting the least powerful against one another / It throws us off they scent when we’re suspicious of each other / Instead of working together to decide our fate / we make the market a god and let god dictate / but goddamn it, if profit is the only commandment / This can’t be our religion, it’s time we demand / a new system – where we learn again to care / where market share’s replaced by fair share / We want real institutional change / And no i ain’t talking about washing brains / but bleaching souls, if you know what I mean / ’cause money only has one color / and that’s red, blood red

CHORUS:

we don’t want no markets, or central bureaucracy / we want PARECON values, we want real democracy / we want to participate, not just be obedient / participatory planning is our last main ingredient

Verse Two:

Instead of competing, we cooperating / worker and consumer councils negotiating / what kind of products and how much we gonna make / not to mention how much work it’s gonna take / Yet when it comes to wages, we already know better / Remuneration based on sacrifice and effort / But when it comes to products and price tags / Participatory planning is a brand new bag / it ain’t just about the toll that it takes on our wallet / but the hole that’s been placed in our conscience / ’cause it ain’t just the products, it’s the byproducts / when innocent bystanders get caught up / in pollution, displacement, economic downwind / one billion children in poverty and counting / we gotta redefine the way we thinking of cost / not just to buyer and seller, but all parties involved / yo how it affects the environment and working conditions / where the value of our goods ain’t about bargaining position / but where price is just a value that reflects impact / not just of good – but the good that you can’t get back / for certain goods to be produced, others are sacrificed / that’s something that they never show in market based price / but in a PARECON, we all share the cost / to our degree of benefit, to our degree of loss / and in return for the price each individual pays / that’s the degree that they get of proportionate say / a system open to the public, nothing we can’t know / nobody guarding power, by guarding crucial info / we understand real value, so our choices are pure / no market snake oil salesman out there trying to get yours

CHORUS:

we don’t want no markets, or central bureaucracy / we want PARECON values, we want real democracy / we want to participate, not just be obedient / participatory planning is our last main ingredient

Narration: Yeah, yeah, look, it sounds good and all, but how does it work?

Verse Three:

In a PARECON, supply and demand / all starts with rounds of planning / where round one – is kind of like a wish list / made up of worker and consumer requests / with each list kicked to – other councils affected / so the real social costs of the requests are respected / Then all parties involved are checked against this first draft / facilitation boards – steady doing the math / all the pros and cons factored in the equation / then data’s redistributed for further consideration / now councils and members have a better idea / the real costs of their desires, so they can refigure / new drafts to submit based on the new info / and the process repeats and repeats and so it goes / Till individuals are satisfied with what they get / compared to the effort and sacrifice they gotta sweat / and collective requests – councils provided a choice / of five feasible plans, so then members can voice / their say proportionate to the impact of the request / until negotiation reflects what’s best / now at first it ain’t gonna flow as smooth as all that / just like any new journey, there’s sure to be set backs / that’s why critical assessment is part of the mission / and each year, the planning process gets more efficient / we take the good stuff and leave the bad behind / experiment in the cooking, getting better over time / checking history, so it ain’t left to repeating / in a system that don’t leave much room for cheating / ’cause ain’t no profit – except for the profit of social good / a real democracy where it only pays to do what you should

CHORUS:

we don’t want no markets, or central bureaucracy / we want PARECON values, we want real democracy / we want to participate, not just be obedient / participatory planning is our last main ingredient


Efficiency – Intro

Intro Narration:

And that’s it. That’s the last of our institutions. We’ve asked all the basic food group questions and answered with ingredients that produce the values we desire.

But before we end, I’d like to cover one more aspect of what we want out of any economy. Just like the absence of ownership of productive property is kind of a hidden institution, there is another kind of assumed value we want from our economy. And that’s efficiency.


Efficiency

Verse One:

Narration: One last value for our economy / The common sense value of efficiency / It ain’t complex, nor does it come from up above / It’s just getting what we want without losing what we love / I said achieving the most while wasting the least / Accomplishing our goals without moral defeat / Imagine all the resources that could be freed up / with no advertising, no profits, no useless junk / we’re talking trillions worth – of money and work / time and talent saved, not to mention the earth / a world where growth’s no longer the name of the game / but a desirable economy that we can sustain / when inventiveness is for solidarity not disparity / a world where the need for charity is a rarity / and our best minds ain’t employed in the service of greed / but research and development based on need / where we can enjoy all the benefits that come from discovery / When patents and profits ain’t given priority / And pharmaceutical science tackles our world’s greatest threats / instead of treating made-up bullshit like restless leg / where the cutting edge is advancement for peace among equals / instead of technology for weapons to better destroy people / agriculture that makes sure no one goes hungry / instead of pitting the hungry against the more hungry / no consumer culture luring your ass into debt / no sweatshops ’cause ain’t no bottom line to sweat / but instead workers and consumers coming together / and cooperating to run the economy better

CHORUS:

E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / a different definition of what’s efficient, baby / E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / different economy – the way it out to be / E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / a different definition of what’s efficient, baby / E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / different economy – check it

Verse Two:

Narration: Well, what I want to know is – what it’s gonna mean for my job / how’s this efficiency you’re talking gonna make my nine to five better? / Efficiency means full employment / but not just clone and drone deployment / In a PARECON, we make work – a place that’s fulfilling / instead of life draining, spirit stealing, dream killing / ‘cause the truth is people really don’t mind work / they just hate going in and feeling like a jerk / so instead of getting ruled, doing what they told / self management gives all workers control / no competition for dollars, no rat race / just efficient use of potential in the workplace / instead of figuring how to stretch strong back weak minds / strong minds figure how to automate the lines / and when automation gets rid of ten thousand jobs / those ten thousand workers ain’t robbed, they ain’t robbed / they get training and placement elsewhere in the work force / lessening others’ burden, freeing up more time and resources / ‘cause more hands and minds now doing the same work / means more leisure to enjoy our time on this earth / and when efficiency is at its peak / Imagine working only 15, 20 hours a week

CHORUS:

E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / a different definition of what’s efficient, baby / E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / different economy – the way it out to be / E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / a different definition of what’s efficient, baby / E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / different economy – check it

Verse Three:

you know it ain’t efficient when business has incentive / to tell us we’re unhappy and happiness is expensive / ’cause like the song says, Money can’t buy me love / that’s why in PARECON – options don’t come from up above / instead of info from marketers in the service of riches / we building choices from info based on real consequences / less ill affects and bad byproducts running stray / when those who’d be impacted get proportionate say / less cheating, fighting, fussing, and cussing / being social means sitting down and civilly discussing / the best way to share resources / not the profit driven efficiency pushed in MBA courses / but infrastructure based on recycling and conservation / Less waste means more resources for better education / Now how can it not be more efficient / when we develop talent instead of bargaining position / a world with more geniuses than pranksters / and a world where the geniuses ain’t gangsters / when we talk efficiency and economic role / it ain’t just money we’re saving – it’s our souls

CHORUS:

E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / a different definition of what’s efficient, baby / E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / different economy – the way it out to be / E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / a different definition of what’s efficient, baby / E-F-F-I-C-I-E-N-C-Y / different economy – check it


A Call for Cooks: PARECON Outro – Intro

Intro Narration: So this is the last track. You got the first two factors of the recipe, now it’s up to you to get out there and start cooking. Try out your own dishes and support others in the kitchen. This is where we get to be creative and learn from our mistakes and share our experiences. So, please, study on this vision and spread the word. This is a recipe we should all know. So when the time is right, everybody’s ready to participate. So the next time someone says to you, “We know what you’re against, but what are you for?”

You know what to tell ‘em. Tell ‘em…


A Call for Cooks: PARECON Outro

CHORUS:

P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya

Verse One:

So what you say, hip hop – it’s time we make a choice / I ain’t spitting this here just to hear my own voice / A new role or same old – it’s your decision / I’m tired of wishing – PARECON – we got a vision / who else is willing to take it beyond lyrics and hooks / we got the recipe – what we need now is more cooks / that means you – yeah you – yo I’m talking to you / get involved – be supportive – anything you can do / learn more – experiment – progress at your own pace / try to institute these values in your own workplace / try and start your own PARECON cooperatives / or just spread the word to your family and friends / you can get in where you fit in, but get in / I believe in my heart we gonna win / maybe not tomorrow maybe not the next day / but we keep repping PARECON, it’s gonna pay / So when the time comes and the people want more / We’ve made sure they already know the score – know the score / That the recipe for the new economy’s right here / and why, ’cause we been steady buzzing in that ear / laying the foundation, laying the knowledge / Educating more than just those in college / Doing the work that makes real change possible / Even if at times it seems impossible / Liz Cady Stanton never got to cast a ballot / But that never caused her to shrink from the challenge / she knew plants don’t grow without seeds being sewn / And vision needs masses willing to do it alone

CHORUS:

P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya

Verse Two:

and for those who say I drank the Kool-aid, yes, I confess that I’m / fiending for these values like it’s red drink / fiending for these values like it’s red drink / and you can call me radical if it suits you / but tell me what’s radical about wanting a better future / what’s radical about equity, diversity / Self management, solidarity, efficiency / well, mercy me, am I going too far / I mean for real, What you think that these values are / but fairness and sharing – cooperation and caring – imagination and responsibility – tell me / ain’t these the same values we teach our kids / or is it do what I say, children, not what I did / we gotta rid ourselves of this real-world fatalism shit / we can do better than this more gentle capitalism shit / and yo I know we been giving capitalism a hard time / But you ain’t gotta be left with revolution on your mind / To want a little something better / even if you and capitalism been going together like forever / If you dig the values we been repping / Ask yourself: What’s the harm in asking questions / the only thing radical about these values is how you / act like it ain’t in you – but it is – it is in you / It’s up to you – to decide if you want something more / Check your assumptions at the door

CHORUS:

P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya

Verse Three:

And yes sometimes it brings a tear when I hear John Lennon singing imagine – but yo imagine / imagine all the people not imaging shit / But making it happen – while you’re too busy napping / They working hard to keep you asleep – this shit is deep / What did he say – this shit is deep – I think he’s right – this shit is deep / But not deep enough that you can’t climb out / Moderates want to call a time out / And ask for more time for reform – figure how to conform – the new boss to the old – they maintain institutions and they maintain control / and don’t get me wrong I ain’t dissing reform out right / reform matters in the now of real people’s lives / it means relief – and relief from suffering ain’t no joke / but the reform must be revolutionary in scope / where we focus on the disease, not just the symptoms / we gotta be forward looking and then some / and yo, I ain’t gonna lie – know that if you take a stand / Get ready to be the bogeyman / Just like Martin King, They will call us communists / they will call us criminals – troublemakers – terrorists / but lord forgive them, they know not what they say / power always reacts this way to structural change / so when they insist on calling us names / tell ‘em if it’s all the same, they can call us… / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya / singing P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – we’ll never give in / Pareconos, Pareconistas – please to meet ya / coming with def rhymes and beats to reach ya / singing P-A-R-E-C-O-N / that’s the vision we want to live in – don’t ever give in


Bonus Track: No Gangsters

Verse One:

The gangster – we see what they got and we sweat ‘em / But it ain’t just the dollars that you got but how you get ‘em / yo it ain’t just crooks and killers and wild west shit / it could be as subtle as your choice of investment / In a foodchain corporate culture you gonna find / A whole lotta cats with only one thing on their mind / And that’s to be the man – simple and plain – fortune and fame / Unaware the road’s paved with depression and shame / ’cause if you in line to be the man then you just as guilty / and if you breaking the line well then you know you filthy / in an economy that pays to be guilty as sin / There’s more gangsters than just godfathers and made men / some sit pretty with a view of the city / While families in the street cold shivering below / And when the corner office got you ditching your conscience / Just to decorate your paycheck with another zero / Whether you know it or not, you a gangster / thanks to an economy that puts our wealth in banks / instead of who we are and what we mean to each other / it’s time we wake up – start looking out for one another / in a system that rejects gangsterism / in other words, a system that rejects classism / and yes, this might mean some of you get less / But you’ll get more out of life when there’s more to success / than worrying how they gonna beat you – defeat you / More than comfort at the expense of those beneath you / Let’s turn this shit around before it’s too late / It might be fly right now, but just wait / The older that you get, the more that it gets clearer / That’s probably why old gangsters can’t stand mirrors

CHORUS:

There’s no gangsters in PARECON / the gangsters seen their last days / yo but we don’t want to kill off the gangsters / we want the gangsters to walk away / for the sake of their kids and grandkids / we show them a future too good not to choose / that’s how you get a gangster to walk away / make ‘em an offer that they can’t refuse

Verse Two:

You want to know what the free market really looks like / It’s the dope game – the dope game / Quick profits, quick fixes – an economy of violence / The dope game – the dope game / when it’s against the law, you make your own rules / in the dope game – the dope game / Anything you can get away with is cool / In the dope game – the dope game / Now how you gonna preach against the black market / Turn around next minute and praise the free market / I mean for real, what you think that a free market is / But anything goes – No holds barred business / Is it any wonder people are attracted to crime / In a system that says what’s yours is gonna be mine / Instead of a system that helps me find me / My only choice is what kind of gangster I want to be / the corporate ladder or the church plan / the dope game or military chain of command / From ball street to wall street and beyond / Tell me does it really matter which team you on / If the food chain is still the name of the game / Over all, the outcome’s gonna be the same / Competition causing division / Exploitation and oppression / The only road to a better reality / Is to reject the gangster mentality

CHORUS:

There’s no gangsters in PARECON / the gangsters seen their last days / yo but we don’t want to kill off the gangsters / we want the gangsters to walk away / for the sake of their kids and grandkids / we show them a future too good not to choose / that’s how you get a gangster to walk away / make ‘em an offer that they can’t refuse

Verse Three:

Being a gangster means someone always has to hurt / as long as the blood’s on someone else’s shirt / and that hurt ain’t ever enough / That’s why power ain’t respect and fear ain’t love / So at the end of the day what’s the gangster got / But a whole lot of enemies and just one shot / Still even though everybody running when they see one / in a gangster economy, everybody wanna be one / From hard knocks to Sunday school / We give up the golden rule only to play the golden fool / Getting laughed at as we fall for their traps / ’cause when it’s dog eat dog, we only fighting for scraps / Dreaming of the gangster we never gonna be / Is it worse to be a gangster or gangster wannabe / And hip hop – yeah, that goes for us too / I ain’t gonna name no names, but I think you know who / One minute’s rhyming about being revolutionaries / next minute’s getting paid by any means necessary / And yo I get how it all makes sense / In a system that celebrates gangsters and all their sins / That we would look at the hand that we’re dealt and proceed / But you can’t damn the man and then follow his lead / He ain’t your teacher – so don’t be his preacher / When you imitate ‘em, that’s when they know they done beat ya / we gotta break this cycle – and that means we got to learn / it ain’t just about flipping the script, we gotta burn it / and write a new one with an institutional base / one that don’t allow for gangsters in the first place

CHORUS:

There’s no gangsters in PARECON / the gangsters seen their last days / yo but we don’t want to kill off the gangsters / we want the gangsters to walk away / for the sake of their kids and grandkids / we show them a future too good not to choose / that’s how you get a gangster to walk away / make ‘em an offer that they can’t refuse


Bonus Track: Gluttons for Punishment

Verse One:

I don’t trust conventional wisdom any more than I can throw it / When most of us been following TINA and don’t even know it / Knowing just enough to get to work and to the store / Yo who you think is getting played when they the ones keeping the score / I said the rich got us thanking them for keeping us poor / Getting kicked in the ass steady asking for more / At the campaign rallies straight clowning ourselves / Booing and hissing the redistribution of wealth / Now how’s that for some ironic self loathing shit / We gotta hip y’all to some emperor’s new clothing shit / The American Dream is still the same old plot / Where a lot get a little and a little get a lot / And the fattest belly’s always the belly of the beast / We scrape the crumbs from their table, then call it feast – we gluttons

Chorus: (sounds of someone getting their ass whipped asking for more with someone whispering “we gluttons” underneath)

Verse Two:

They say that if you rent yourself – then you sell yourself / and if you sell yourself – then you kill yourself / mind yourself – find yourself – don’t blind yourself / or capitalist pigs be unzipping they pants behind yourself / How long we gonna take being treated like bastards / you ain’t gotta be a slave to still be serving a master / Take it back to farmland – field bosses and field hands / The origins of what we now know as The Man / See, The Man owned the land that you worked on / And The Man owned the store that you bought from / So The Man decided if you work, if you eat / The Man even decided at what price ain’t that neat / Well, tell me what’s different in today’s generation / When half the world’s largest economies are corporations / and most industries are ruled by a handful of giants / and most politicians are industry compliant / what more could our greedy ass gods ask for / sponsoring the sermons of our corporate media pastors / Preaching it’s a rich man’s world and capitalist earth / They buying up our attention and getting their money’s worth / When we don’t know the constitution but know what the Joneses make / Keeping on keeping on for keeping up’s sake / They keep our stomachs empty but our eyes full / Got us thinking there’s a jackpot on every other pull – we gluttons

Chorus: (sounds of someone getting their ass whipped asking for more with someone whispering “we gluttons” underneath)

Verse Three:

No matter what they hollering in their ivory towers / The market ain’t random – it’s profit and power / And everybody knows profit ain’t got no conscience / All that level playing field they talking is nonsense / When growth is the commandment they gonna always want more / Till there’s just one rich asshole and the rest of us are poor / I said when money’s the messiah and profit’s the only prophet / This religion’s like a drug and we gotta get off it / rehab or exorcism – PARECON is a blessing / The question is – are you ready to question – or you a glutton

Chorus: (sounds of someone getting their ass whipped asking for more with someone whispering “we gluttons” underneath)

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