In "Disturbing the Peace," a book that is essentially an interview with Vaclav Havel conducted through the underground mail in 1985-86 by Karel Hvizdala, a Czech journalist who had emigrated to West Germany, Havel is invited to discuss his ideas about systems. This song puts some of his response into lyrical form.
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Some of Havel's Ideas About Systems
When it comes to an economic system,
I tend to like decentralization:
privately owned and managed operations
like crafts and trades and service providers:
Small enterprises varied in structure,
prizing the forms of different traditions
and the locations of their operations,
resisting strains toward uniform decisions.
One-party systems like Communism
don't measure up to two-party models,
but even two or three major parties
won't guarantee democracy's values.
Big multinational corporations
function like little Socialist nations:
leading to human devaluation.
Who will control the means of production,
private concerns or public endeavors?
That is the old traditional question,
but I would make a different suggestion.
What's more important is that these structures
be scaled to the human dimension,
not that the people working inside them
be made to fit the needs of some framework.