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Russell Forden: The Freedom To Say No

I don’t mind if the sun doesn’t shine. – I’ll dance in the rain. I don’t care if the stocks they rise or if they fall. – Let ‘em fall. I ain’t scared of misfortune and Murphy’s law. – Murphy was an insurance salesman! It doesn’t bother me that I’ve got no insurance at all. Read more…

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Russell Forden: Martians On Mandies

Martians On Mandies They’re pissed, real pissed, Coz the Martians got there before they did. But just like the Martians they’re taking over. But you wouldn’t know it from reading the paper. They’re Martians on mandies, Not talkin’ about marshmallow candies. I’m talkin’ about Martians on mandies. They’re disrespecting sovereignty, They seem to lack humanity, Read more…

Hillary Wainright: Is it possible to democratise the capitalist state?

Interview with Hilary Wainwright at the 2010 Left Forum in New York.   Hilary Wainwright is a leading researcher and writer on the emergence of new forms of democratic accountability within parties, movements and the state. She is the driving force and editor behind Red Pepper, a popular British new left magazine, and has documented Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 11 w/ intro
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Lonnie Atk: Track 11: Efficiency
Manuel Rozental: Cracks in the System

In an interview on a busy Toronto street, the Vancouver Media Co-op caught up with activist and physician Manuel Rozental to ask about the outcome and importance of the March 14 legislative elections in Colombia. He explains that while party representation has changed, Alvaro Uribe’s ideas have remained in power. Paramilitary-death squad connected parties retained Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 01 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=67 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=81 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 02 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=68 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=82 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 03 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=69 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=83 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 04 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=70 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=84 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, Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 05 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=71 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=85 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 06 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=72 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=86 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 07 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=73 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=87 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 08 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=74 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=88 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 09 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=75 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=89 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, Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 10 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=76 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=90 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 12 w/ intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=78 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=92 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 01: Here’s Your Chance: PARECON Intro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=67 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=81 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 02: A Funeral for T-I-N-A: PARECON is the Alternative

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=68 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=82 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 03: An Economy Ain’t Nothing but a Recipe

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=69 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=83 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 / Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 04: PARECON Values

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=70 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=84 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 05: Class Dismissed: PARECON and Classlessness

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=71 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=85 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 06: Who owns what: PARECON and Productive Property

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=72 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=86 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 07: Ingredient One: Worker and Consumer Councils

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=73 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=87 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 08: Ingredient Two – Balanced Job Complex

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=74 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=88 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 09: Ingredient Three: Reward for Effort and Sacrifice

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=75 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=89 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 10: Ingredient Four: Participatory Planning

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=76 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=90 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 12: A Call for Cooks: PARECON Outro

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=78 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=92 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 Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 13: Bonus Track – No Gangsters

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=79 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=93 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 / Read more…

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Lonnie Atk: Track 14: Bonus Track – Gluttons for Punishment

http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=61 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=80 http://projectquestion.org/?page_id=94 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 Read more…

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Raj Patel: Value, Price, and Profit

What relation does the price of an item have to its actual worth — an especially pertinent question in the middle of ecological crisis and as the economic meltdown massively devalues assets from stocks to houses? Radical academic Raj Patel believes much can be learned from thinkers like Karl Marx, Karl Polanyi, and even Adam Read more…

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