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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. At the end of each cycle, a few rich families own practically everything and rule with an iron fist. Military over-expansion with its endless wars, another trademark of a debased and undemocratic society, often brings about great poverty and suffering.
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 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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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
GUEST: Adam Weissman, organizer with Global Justice for Animals and the Environment (GJAE), talks about the threat posed by free trade agreements to animals the environment, to safe, ethical, and sustainable food, and to the human rights of environmental defender.
Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
Trade Justice Alliance
Stop TPP! It is NAFTA on steroids
SONG: Joan Baez, One Day At a Time ... Carry It On
SONG: Billy Paul ... I'm Just A Prisioner
GUESTS: We interview participants in the Washington DC National March to Support Palestine. Marchers talk about racism, right wing support for apartheid Israel, and the importance of BDS.
National March on Washington D.C. to Support Palestine
Photos from the National March
Mass march in DC protests AIPAC
SONG: Pink Floyd ... Song for Palestine
SONG: Watermelon Slim, Up Close & Personal ...Cynical Old Bastard
GUEST: Lawrence S. Wittner, award-winning American historian, writer, and activist for peace and social justice, talks about Peace Action, the current presidential primaries, and America's endless wars.
The Trillion Dollar Question
Bernie Sanders: The 2016 Peace Candidate
‘Modernizing’ the Opportunities for Nuclear War
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Your Town Tonight ... Green Fields
SONG: Hugh Blumenfeld ... Long-Haired Radical Socialist Jew
GUESTS: two students from Vassar College's Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign drop in to talk about their recent successful vote for BDS, and the threats made against them by the Vassar President and Board of Trustees.
VSA hears all sides of BDS debate
President Hill, Dean Roellke outline consequences of BDS vote
Hummus is Political - Choose a Side
When the Fight Over BDS Is a Jewish Civil War
Vassar College BDS - Facebook
SONG: Nina Simone, Nina Simone's Finest Hour ... Four Women
ACTION: NY Wants to Tell You What You Can & Can't Boycott. Tell Your Assembly Member to Vote NO.
GUEST: Lillian Rosengarten, author of "Survival and Conscience: From the Shadows of Nazi Germany to the Jewish Boat to Gaza," talks about her book and the public reaction to her activism. "She's a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, and was voiceless for many many years, till she went to Israel and saw the occupation for herself ...” - Philip Weiss
Middle East Crisis Response (Mar 12 book signing in Saugerties)
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Germany comes face to face with ‘a Jew against Zionism’
Interview with Philip Weiss
SONG: Rod MacDonald, A Tale of Two Americas ... A Tale of Two Americas
SONG: Watermelon Slim & The Workers, Bull Goose Rooster ... A Wrench in the Machine
GUEST: Jack Smith, radical journalist, editor of the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter and former editor of the National Guardian, talks about his latest article in CounterPunch, "Obama Intensifies Wars and Threats of War."
Obama Intensifies Wars and Threats of War - CounterPunch
National March on Washington DC for Palestine - ANSWER
Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter
GUESTS: Alexia, Madeline and Paul from Students for Justice in Palestine at Vassar College
Attack on Vassar College and Department of Jewish Studies
Students for Justice in Palestine at Vassar
ACTION: Sign petition for academics in support of Vassar
SONG: Stevie Wonder ... Living for the City
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