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Class wars have been going on since the beginning of recorded history. As societies become more powerful and wealthy, they often become more corrupt. Towards the end of each cycle, a few rich families own practically everything and rule with an iron fist. Imperial wars for empire and military over-expansion are other trademarks of a debased and undemocratic society. Empire brings about great poverty and suffering not only in the occupied and exploited lands, but at home as well.
Class wars is a dirty term in our media, which always implies that America is above such crudeness. But the very rich are not above that at all. They have been waging an especially intense attack on working people at home since the 1970's, and have accumulated immense wealth and power at the expense of the rest of us.
Of course, class wars are not fought with tanks and bombs, but with crooked politicians, right wing think tanks and corporate owned media. For the very rich to maintain and increase their share of the national wealth, they have to fool you. How else could one percent of our population call the shots for ninety-nine percent?
Activist Radio will attempt to show you how the few richest of our citizens lie to the rest of us to expand their power and wealth. They are sick with greed, of course. But so far, the rest of us are what might be worse, and that is stupid. None of the information presented is particularly new or really very hard to find, although you won't read it in the mainstream press or see it on TV. If that is what you are relying on for news, you are being suckered, my friend. I don't know how to put it any nicer.
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Fred at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London,
standing with vigil for Julian Assange
and DJ James
Dahr Jamail and Gary
Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger
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GUEST: Larry Bogad, long time progressive activist, professor of Performance Studies at U.C. Davis, and author of a new book, Tactical Performance: The theory and practice of serious play, talks about the use of art and drama in facilitating social change.
L.M. Bogad's website
Tactical Performance: The theory and practice of serious play
Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements
Cointelshow: A Patriot Act
TedX talk about Tactical Performance
SONG: (Invincible) EMERGENCE ... The Emperor's Clothes
SONG: Billionaires for Bush ... I'm a Texas Oilman
GUEST: Reverend Chris Antal, minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Rock Tavern, and founder of the Hudson Valley chapter of Veterans for Peace, talks about his life as a U.S. Army chaplain in Afghanistan and the reasons that he publicly resigned in a letter to President Obama.
Chaplain resigns via letter to Obama, rips drone policy
A Veteran’s Day Confession for America
"I Refuse to Serve as an Empire Chaplain"
Boycott Sabra and Tribe hummus. Sabra hummus is partly owned by an Israeli company named the Strauss Group that has publicly supported the IDF and has very close ties with the Israeli military. Tribe is partly owned by Osem, which partners with the Jewish National Fund, a group that has worked intimately with the Israeli government.
SONG: Chicago Flashmob ... B. D. S. (Jackson 5)
SONG: James Taylor, Before This World ... Far Afghanistan
GUEST: Kit Kittredge, member of Code Pink who has been to Gaza six times, talks about the "Women's Boat" that will try to sail through the Israeli blockade to expose the suffering of 1.8 million entrapped Palestinians.
The Women's Boat to Gaza
Feelin the love, in Gaza
Arrested during Palestinian relief mission
Kit Kittredge, U.S. Boat to Gaza Passenger
Gaza Freedom March: detained at the US embassy
Petition Cuomo, we have the right to boycott Israel
SONG: Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie, Precious Friend ... How Can I Keep from Singing?
SONG: Tom Morello The Night Watchman with Ben Harper ... Save the Hammer for the Man
GUEST: Jen Marlowe, award-winning author, documentary filmmaker and playwright, talks about her recent production, There Is a Field, and how the play helps audiences understand Palestinian suffering.
About There is a Field
Press & Praise
I Am Troy Davis
SONG: Holly Near, Early Warnings ... Nicaragua Night
SONG: John Gorka, So Dark You See ... Live By the Sword
GUEST: Peter Enns, the executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and an associate professor of government at Cornell, talks about his new book: Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World.
Incarceration Nation - Cambridge University Press
On measuring public punitiveness
Why we don't need new jail for Dutchess County
Stop the $300 million jail! - SIGN PETITION
SONG: Hank Williams III, Damn Right Rebel Proud ... Workin Man
The General's Song - Just World Books
Chris Hedges interviews Miko Peled
Why Miko Peled's story resonates for Palestinians
Combatants for Peace - Yonatan Shapira
SONG: Colleen Kattau, Sing it Down, Volume 2: Songs to Close the SOA ... Romero
GUEST: Eric Jensen, prison reform organizer and former inmate, talks about the murder of Sam Harrell, a 30 year old Black man who was beaten to death by prison officers at the Fishkill Correctional Facility one year ago.
The Death and Short Life of Samuel Harrell
Prison ‘Beat Up Squad’ Is Blamed in NY Inmate’s Death
Beacon Prison Action
SONG: Voices of the People ... Sing a Song for Benjamin Linder
SONG: Bob Dylan, Listen, Whitey! ... George Jackson
GUEST: Khaled Farrag and Yasmin Yablonko, two citizens of Israel, one Druze and one Jewish, who have refused to serve in the Israeli Defense Force, talk about the refusenik movement and the effects of militarism on Israeli society. -Sun, May 1 from 2-4 PM in Woodstock at the Town Hall, 76 Tinker St.
Israeli refuseniks expose Occupation's dark underbelly
Hudson Valley BDS
SONG: Dick Gaughan ... Tom Paine's Bones
GUEST: Brian Trautman, board member of Veterans For Peace and college instructor in peace studies and economics, talks about how and why veterans have become active in combating racism and Islamophobia.
Veterans For Peace
Peace In Our Times - VFP Special Edition on Vietnam War
Veterans Try to Combat Islamophobia
SONG: Kris Kristofferson ... Good Christian Soldier
GUEST: David McCallum, who was falsely convicted of murder at 16 and spent the next 29 years in prison, talks about his eventual exoneration, the role of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, and the shame of our racist criminal justice system.
Wrongfully convicted Brooklyn man goes free
Wrongfully convicted of murder, freed after 29 years
SONG: Billie Holiday, The Diva Series: Billie Holiday ... Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version)
SONG: Bob Dylan ... Hurricane
icon to bring up
above all Fascism denies
that class-war can be
the preponderant force
in the transformation of
first truth is that the
liberty of a democracy
is not safe if the
people tolerate the
growth of private power
to a point where it
becomes stronger than
their democratic state
itself. That, in its
essence, is Fascism -
ownership of Government
by an individual, by a
group, or by any other
Franklin D. Roosevelt
revolution is a class
struggle. It was one
class - the oppressed,
and that other class -
in the history of lies
told to the population,
this is the biggest lie.
In the history of
secrets, withheld from
the American people,
this is the biggest
secret: that there are
classes with different
interests in this
country. To ignore
that--not to know that
the history of our
country is a history of
slave, landlord against
against worker, rich
against poor--is to
render us helpless
before all the lesser
lies told to us by
people in power.
clinical definition of
"fascism' is when
economic power takes
government away from the
people, turns government
into a guarantor, a
subsidizer, a covering
of corporate power.
class warfare, all
right, but it's my
class, the rich class,
that's making war, and
($700 billion bailout)
was the largest single
act of class warfare in
the modern history of
think this has been a
class war waged by the
rich against the poor,
and I think that they
won. And I think the
poor are fighting back.
solution is revolution,
first in the spirit of
the gospel; Jesus could
not accept people going
hungry. It is a conflict
between classes, rich
and poor. My role is to
preach and organize.
The effect of the
(European Central Bank)
policies is to weaken
the welfare state
measures and to reduce
the power of labor.
That's class war. It's
fine for the banks, for
but terrible for the