to ClassWars, the home of
Activist Radio, a weekly
program for all Americans
who are not in the
wealthiest one percent of
the US population.
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, America's 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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Recent stories on Activist Radio may have you thinking about some important issues. Put another way, you could be wondering if most of what we say is totally made up, since you probably haven't seen it on TV. But here are some links to stories we have done recently.
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Eli and I "take a knee" for racial justice
while Jimi Hendrix goes out over the airwaves.
Reporting from the veteran's
encampment at Standing Rock
Fred at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London,
standing with a vigil for Julian Assange
and DJ James
Dahr Jamail and Gary
Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger
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GUEST: Gerry Condon, Vietnam era veteran, war resister, and President of Veterans For Peace, talks about veterans resisting the empire in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba and Ireland.
Call on US troops to resist invading Venezuela
Letter demanding the release of two vets held in Ireland
VFP Members Visit Venezuela
SONG: Adam Clayton Powell ... Keep The Faith, Baby
GUEST: Eldad Benary, born in 1937 in Tel-Aviv, Palestine, educated and propagandized in Israel, and conscripted into the Israeli Defense Force (active and reserve for 20 years), talks about his longtime efforts to inform Americans about occupation and apartheid.
Jewish Voice for Peace - Hudson Valley
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Mondoweiss - News, Opinion about Palestine, Israel and the U.S.
Middle East Crisis Response
SONG: Woody Guthrie ... This Land is Your Land
GUEST: Elik Elhanan, a soldier in an Israeli Defense Forces combat unit from 1995-98, and current military refuser, talks about the loss of his sister to a Palestinian suicide bomber In 1997 and his subsequent role in the formation of Combatants for Peace.
Combatants for Peace
Israeli Elik Elhanan and Palestinian Sulaiman Al Hamri
The Cost of Being a War Resister in Israel
Life after the army: Israel's conscientious objectors
SONG: Nina Simone, Nina Simone Sings the Blues ... Backlash Blues
GUEST: Philip Giraldi, former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer now serving as the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, talks about his Washington-based advocacy group that seeks to promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values and interests.
Human Rights: White House Concessions to Israel Are Notable
Philip Giraldi - Global Research
Now It’s Official: God, Not the Russians, Elected Trump
SONG: Gil Scott-Heron ... We Almost Lost Detroit
SONG: Fred Nagel ... One Mile High
GUEST: Diala Shamas, staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, and coauthor of the newly published, New York After 9/11, talks about the surveillance and infiltration of Muslim youth groups in New York City after the World Trade Center attack.
New York After 9-11 Book Launch
Diala Shamas - Staff Attorney
Where’s the Outrage When the FBI Targets Muslims?
Free veterans Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers from an Irish prison
SONG: Paul Simon, Songs From the Capeman ... Born in Puerto Rico
GUEST: Dr. Colin S. Cavell, professor of Political Science at Bluefield State College in West Virginia, and former professor at the University of Bahrain, talks about U.S. hegemony and how talk of democracy often camouflages the empire's efforts at regime change and world domination.
Contradictions in the House of Saud
Colin S. Cavell: The U.S. supported Bin Laden
Foreign interventions by the United States
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Land of Plenty
GUEST: Eli Kassirer, back from the Buffalo Field Campaign protecting the last wild Bison, talks about animal rights, conservation and his adventures protecting the buffalo.
Buffalo Field Campaign
Buffalo & Native Americans
Buffalo Field Campaign - Facebook
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Palestine On My Mind
SONG: David Rovics, The Commons ... Behind the Barricades
GUEST: Sabrina Terry, author and researcher at the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Strategist with the Economic Policy Project at UnidosUS, and former Manager at the NAACP Economic Department, talks about a new report she coauthored, Dreams Deferred: How Enriching the 1% Widens the Racial Wealth Divide.
The Racial Divide
Institute for Policy Studies
SONG: Ewan MacColl ... The Ballad of Ho Chi Minh
GUEST: Lama, a 14-year-old student from Gaza City who testified recently at a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill, talks about what she has endured as a child living in Gaza and what her vision of peace would be.
14-Year-Old Lama From Gaza Gives A Speech Before Congress
Rebuilding Alliance - Facebook
Despite the challenges, Palestinian students insist on Education
SONG: Dennis Brown ... Malcolm X
SONG: Ana´s Mitchell, Born Into The Whisper ... Song Of The Magi
GUEST: Arjun Singh Sethi, Sikh American civil and political rights writer, human rights lawyer, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, talks about his newly published book, American Hate: Survivors Speak Out.
Arjun Singh Sethi discusses his book
The FBI recorded a surge of hate crimes
Arjun Singh Sethi - The New Press
SONG: Bruce Cockburn, Stealing Fire ... Nicaragua
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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
US has a highly
class. If you read the
it's like reading Mao's
"Red Book." The values
may be inverted, but the
terminology is the same.
They're fighting a
bitter class war
constantly. They never
relax for a minute.
breakdown [of American
society] is not caused
by economic laws. They
are policies, a kind of
class war initiated by
the rich and powerful
against the working
population and the poor.
This is what defines the
not only in the United
States but in Europe and