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who are not in the
wealthiest one percent of
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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.
So sit back, relax, and listen to Activist Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, PRN.FM every Sunday from 5 - 6 pm.
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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.
News fashioned by the people in charge, the corporations and your government. Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine.
Fred at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London,
standing with vigil for Julian Assange
Fred and DJ
Dahr Jamail and Gary
Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger
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Guest: Mohammad Sabaaneh, a Palestinian graphic artist living in Ramallah who is the principal political cartoonist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, talks about his powerful new book "White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine," to be released by Just World Books in early May.
Mohammad Sabaaneh’s 2017 US tour
White and Black Political Cartoons from Palestine
SONG: Woody Guthrie ... Tear the Fascists Down
SONG: The Fugs ... CIA Man (Clean version)
Guest: Caroline Fenner, former English teacher, United Federation of Teachers chapter leader, and Director of the Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance, talks about grassroots organizing to resist the Trump agenda.
Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance
DCPAA - Facebook
Events Calendar for grassroots activism
SONG: John Prine ... Some Humans Ain't Human
GUEST: Ajamu Baraka, internationally recognized Pan-African human rights activist, editor for The Black Agenda Report, and vice-presidential candidate for the Green Party USA in 2016, talks about race and how the two party system favors the very rich.
Black Agenda Report
Jill Stein Selects Ajamu Baraka as VP Running Mate
SONG: Joan Baez ... Nasty Man
SONG: Studs Terkel, Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger ... Blessed Be the Nation
GUEST: Tom Newmark, chair of the American Botanical Council, the co-founder of The Carbon Underground, and chair of the Greenpeace Fund USA, talks about his Sacred Seed project and Finca Luna Nueva, his farm and teaching center in Costa Rica.
Finca Luna Nueva, Sustainable Rainforest Ecolodge
The Carbon Underground
SONG: John Prine ... That's How Every Empire Falls
GUEST: Jesper Roine, a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, whose research contributed to Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, talks about income and inequality, as well as his new book, Pocket Piketty, that brings the concept of economic justice to a larger audience.
Why We’re in a New Gilded Age - Paul Krugman
SONG: Barbara Dane & Lightnin' Hopkins, Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me ... Mother Earth
GUEST: Jill Carnegie, Co-Founder of VoNY (Vegans of New York), Campaigns Director for NYCLASS (Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets), talks about organizing for the recent Empty the Carriages campaign.
Animal activists fight back against horse-carriage suit
Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
SONG: CupcakKe ... Picking Cotton
SONG: Hedy West (with Pete Seeger) ... Cotton Mill Girl
Wells Fargo: Divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline now! Sign the petition.
GUEST: Mark Schwartz, activist lawyer and former parent at the Friends' Central School, talks about the Quaker school's decision to suspend two teachers for bringing in a Palestinian speaker, a professor at nearby Swarthmore College.
Friends' School suspends teachers over Palestinian speaker
A letter to students at Friends Central
Quaker school suspends 2 teachers - AP
Friends’ Central School silences Palestinian advocacy
SONG: Tierra Wilson ... Dear Donald Trump
SONG: Anohni ... Drone Bomb Me
GUEST: Lisa Lindsley, founder of KarmaKapital and consultant for shareholder activism, talks about her recent work combating racism as part of a new Ulster County chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice SURJ.
SURJ is a National Network
SURJ - Facebook
Pledge to Resist Fear and Hate
SONG: Pete Seeger 1970 ... Bring Them Home
SONG: David Rovics, Wikileaks: Beat the Blockade (Supporter Version) ... Song for Bradley (Chelsea) Manning
GUEST: Father Frank Alagna, priest of the Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church in Kingston, NY, and founder of the “Justice for All” Speakers Forum in Dutchess County, talks about the role of his church in establishing Kingston as a sanctuary city.
Father Frank Alagna
Sanctuary City: Kingston declares city ‘welcoming and inclusive’
‘Sanctuary churches’ vow to shield immigrants
SONG: Depeche Mode ... Where's the Revolution
GUEST: Lawrence Wittner, history professor, author, and social critic, talks about his latest exposé, the scandal of vast inequality in retirement pay.
The Scandal of Vast Inequality in Retirement
Larry Wittner Bio
The Distortion of American Politics by the Press
What's Going On at UAardvark?
SONG: Old Crow Medicine Show ... Motel in Memphis
GUEST: Jamal Joseph, American writer, director, poet, activist, college professor, and former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, talks about his new film, Chapter & Verse: A Harlem Story.
Chapter & Verse: A Harlem Story - The film
Jamal Joseph website
Chapter & Verse: A Harlem Story - Facebook
SONG: Luke Kelly & The Dubliners ... The Auld Triangle
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