DEF with the REVOLUTION was a 14 song hip hop album introducing listeners to the basics of Participatory Economics (see below for more info) (click here for lyrics).







The DEF with the REVOLUTION rEMIX pROJECT was 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.

I 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. There are a growing number of people who believe that something better is a vision called Participatory Economics, or ParEcon for short.

To help spread the word about this alternative economic vision, I put together a 14-song hip hop album offering a basic introduction to the ins and outs of Participatory Economics.

We know that 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.

Why an album about ParEcon?

The songs on this project offer a general understanding of what ParEcon is and how it works. But some of you may be asking, “Why?” Why did I choose to do an album about Participatory Economics? And even more, why should you participate in helping spread the word?

Well, I look at ParEcon as a movement in line with our great social justice movements of the past. And I say this because of the vision it offers us.

I think a lot of people forget that our past movements for justice were more than just pointing out injustice. I mean you didn’t have to tell workers that they had it hard, they already knew. You didn’t have to tell women that they weren’t getting a fair shake, they already knew. You didn’t have to tell African Americans that they were oppressed, they already knew it. What made these struggles into movements was vision. It was about what they wanted.

The word movement itself implies moving to a better place. It implies moving beyond a system of oppression.

Now, today, so many of those railing against the ills of capitalism are too often convinced that the only choice they have is to try and reform capitalism, to nurture a gentler, more cuddly and adorable capitalism. But ask yourself: Did the civil rights movement merely want to reform the structure of white supremacy? Did the women’s rights movement merely want to reform the structure of patriarchy? No. They wanted to move beyond it. And that’s why I see ParEcon as a real movement. It’s about moving beyond capitalism. It’s about giving people a vision of a better world.

There are billions of people struggling everyday to resist economic oppression, most of them struggling just to stay afloat. You don’t have to tell folks how tough they have it, they already know. What they need is to know that there’s something else out there. A better world. And by giving people a concrete vision of that better world, ParEcon has the potential to attract enough people to become a real movement.

I want to be part of that movement. I want to look back on this project and know I made a contribution toward that better world.

I think a lot about how I could have been anyone. I could have been born during the abolition movement or the early labor rights movement. I often wonder if I would have had the courage to be part of those movements. I like to believe I would, but I don’t know that. All I know is that I’m here right now, and I’ve got an opportunity to be part of this movement. Not just for myself, but for those I could have been born as. Not just for those now, but those in the future. And not just for those in the future, but those in the past.

Because, like I said, I don’t know if I would have had the courage of our past heroes. But I can work now to be part of a movement that makes sure their vision is not abandoned, that we haven’t given up.

Parecon is not just a movement that offers an alternative model for the economy. It’s a step toward breaking down all social hierarchies and realizing that vision of a better world.

We have a chance to be part of that. I’m asking you to be part of that.

Personal Disclaimer:
Participatory Economics, or ParEcon for short, is an economic model developed by Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel as an alternative to capitalism. As I did not come up with this economic model, much was certainly borrowed from Albert and Hahnel for this project (some points and examples come directly from Michael Albert). If you want to find out more about ParEcon before listening to the songs, you can go here: ( or you can visit the Znet PARECON Page (, a resource loaded with just about everything you could possibly want to know about Participatory Economics.

It must be noted that the lyrics in these songs are merely my own understanding of Participatory Economics and were meant to serve as a very general introduction. As not all advocates of ParEcon will see everything the same way (nor should they), there may be differences and disagreements with parts of my presentation and/or version of things. For this reason, I would encourage you to dig deeper. Visit the Znet PARECON Page and check out all the books, articles, and presentations concerning Participatory Economics, especially those from Albert and Hahnel. The point of this project is not to be the last word on ParEcon, but a good starting point.

Note: Just letting you know – some of the songs featured on this project contain a few mild cuss words.

Note: As I wrote this album a few years ago, I have since expanded my understanding of parecon and have discovered other economic experiments/movements that fall in line with its values. Having written about one such movement, I urge you to check out my song on Open Source Ecology.

01: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Keller McDivitt
02: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Vacuous Todd
03: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / marcinn (sampled)
04: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / echoed (track)
05: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / J. Dzermejko
06: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Alex Beroza (track)
07: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / DJ.E-State (track)
08: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Alex Beroza (track)
09: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / error404 (track)
10: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / error404 (track)
11: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Alex Beroza (track)
12: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Alex Beroza (sampled)
13: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Tom Ato
14: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Matt Wright
14 (extra): Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Boodah Toade (track)

01: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / error404 (track)
02: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Alex Beroza (track)
03: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / magmavander (sampled)
04: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Alex Beroza (smpld:1,2,3,4)
05: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Alex Beroza (track)
06: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / error404 (track)
07: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / error404 (track)
08: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / error404 (sampled)
09: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Alex Beroza (sampled)
10: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / airtone (track)
11: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / DJ.E-State (track)
12: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Kristian Vuljar (track)
13: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Alex Beroza (track)
14: Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Hans Atom (track)
14 (extra): Lonnie Ray Atkinson / Karma Cowboy (track)Track 02 * Sound Effects:
record scratch.wav from luffy
end of 45rpm record.wav from FreqMan or “Richard Frohlich” or “Texas Radio Theatre Company”

Track 04 * Sound Effect:
Ticking Clock.wav from Izkhanilov

Track 09 * Sound Effect:
By 5s to 50.mp3 from alphahog

Track 14 * Sound Effect:
punches_and_slaps.wav from Syna-Max

(click here for lyrics)