to ClassWars, the home of Activist Radio, a weekly program for all
Americans who are not in the wealthiest one percent of the US
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.
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.
Eli wishing Assange a Happy Birthday
Eli and Fred "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
Dave, Heather, Fred
and DJ James Poe
Dahr Jamail and Gary
Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger
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GUEST: Elias Holtz, a freelance television producer and queer organizer with The #BradleyPride NYC Coalition and The Freedom Socialist Party, talks about police violence and the story of Ramsey Orta, who was prosecuted and imprisoned for videotaping the murder of Eric Garner.
Plan to establish the Elected Civilian Review Board
Taking Pride in Bradley Manning
Whistle blower Ramsey Orta still in prison
Socialists: we’re not all the same
SONG: The Federal Empire ... The American Dream
Eli and Fred spend part of the hour on the US Empire: what it has done to other countries since WW II, why both political parties can't really oppose it, and why most Americans can't even conceive of it. Confronted by the good possibility of another war in the Middle East, it is time to be honest about what empire means in the "Land of the Free."
World Beyond War
How the US has hidden its empire
Interview: Daniel Immerwahr on the ‘Hidden’ US Empire
SONG: Carly Simon ... Power - No Nukes concert
GUEST: Tarak Kauff, US Army Veteran, Editor of "Peace in Our Times, and board member of Veterans for Peace, talks about his history of organizing nonviolent direct action for peace in Washington DC, Korea, Okinawa, and Ireland.
Updates on Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers
No Country For Old Men: Two US Veterans Go MIA in Ireland
Woodstocker Kauff and fellow Vet for Peace arrested in Ireland
SONG: David Rudder ... The Immigrants
SONG: Watermelon Slim ... Merry Airbrakes Draft Board Blues
GUEST: Robert Connors, founding member of “Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment," co-founder of “Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline,” and founding member of “Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment," talks about grassroots activism versus the neoliberal fossil fuel industry.Stop Fracked Gas Pipeline
Community Advocates for Sustainable Environment
10 Reasons to Reject Fracked Gas Pipelines
SONG: Bob Gibson ... Ballad of Fred and Mark
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Secularia ... In the Name of the Lord
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Christmas in Washington
GUEST: Creek Iversen, naturalist, environmental educator, summer camp co-coordinator, and sustainable community farmer, talks about the resistance to the massive Cricket Valley fracked gas plant being built in Dutchess County, NY.
Cricket Valley Shut Down
Protesters plead not guilty
Donate to Farmers Against Cricket Valley Fracked Gas Plant
Creek Iversen, Seed Song Farm and a local agricultural renaissance
SONG: Wyclef Jean, Welcome to Haiti Creole 101 ... President
GUESTS: Two students from Bard College talk about their participation in a Students for Justice in Palestine rally and how the college as well as some outside hate organizations are trying to undermine their freedom of speech on Palestinian rights.
SJP Bard College
No Criticism Allowed
National Students for Justice in Palestine
SONG: Clint Alphin ... Plowshares
SONG: Randy Newman ... The Great Nations of Europe
GUEST: Dr. Nancy Murray, former director of education at the ACLU of Massachusetts, author of the book Palestinians: Life Under Occupation, and co-founder of the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, talks about her over 20 trips to the West Bank and Gaza, and her evolving sense of what justice for Palestinians means.
Water Justice in Palestine
Farming while Palestinian: a World Water Day outrage
Giving Voice To Those Whom Israel Relentlessly Demonizes
SONG: Queers for Justice in Palestine ... Yes BDS
GUEST: Jon Bowermaster, writer, long time National Geographic filmmaker, and host of the Green Radio Hour, talks about the climate crisis and other environmental issues impacting the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Oceans 8 Films
Visiting Lecturer in Environmental and Urban Studies
A Living River
SONG: Anne Feeney ... Brave New Christmas
SONG: Barbara Dane & Lightnin' Hopkins, Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me ... Don't You Push Me Down
EXTRA: Sign a petition in support of Vassar Students for Justice in Palestine. Two of its members are facing disciplinary action for protesting a talk by an IDF commander and extreme Zionist with a long history of racist statements about Palestinians. Please read the petition and add your name.
GUEST: Tom Midgley, long time activist and former president of the Alliance@IBM workers' group, talks about how IBM has dealt with its workers over the past several decades, putting profits over the interests of its American employees.
IBM cuts nearly 700 jobs in Dutchess County
Sometimes People Don't Realize They Are Training Their Replacement
Ageism for the Over-50 Crowd Means Longer Layoffs, Less Pay
SONG: Bright Eyes ... When the President Talks to God
GUEST: Rick Ufford-Chase, peace activist and Moderator of the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, and Susan Smith, a Muslim member of Jewish Voice for Peace, talk about the November 12 International Symposium on Migration and Border Solidarity at the at the Westchester Ethical Culture Society in White Plains, NY.
International Sanctuary Principles Statement
International Symposium on Migration & Border Solidarity
Middle East Crisis Response
SONG: Ed Pickford ... Whistleblower We Need You
SONG: Tom Neilson ... Gaza
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Some Favorite Lies
|And above all Fascism denies that class-war
can be the preponderant force in the transformation of society.
|The 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 controlling private power.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
| A revolution is a class struggle. It was
one class - the oppressed, and that other class - the oppressor.
|Surely, 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 slaveowner against slave, landlord against tenant,
corporation against worker, rich against poor--is to render us
helpless before all the lesser lies told to us by people in
|The clinical definition of "fascism' is
when private concentrated economic power takes government away
from the people, turns government into a guarantor, a
subsidizer, a covering of corporate power.
|There's class warfare, all right, but it's
my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning.
|This [$700 billion bailout] was the largest
single act of class warfare in the modern history of this
|I 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.
|The 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 financial institutions, but terrible for the population.
US has a highly class-conscious business class. If you read the
business literature, 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
|The 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 neoliberalism
period, not only in the United States but in Europe and
45 years there has been a war in this country waged by the
corporate elite against the working class of America.
there is going to be class warfare in this country, it's about
time the working class won that war.
theft of public resources for the military and militarism
domestically and abroad represent a one-sided class war waged on
the working class in the U.S. The 6 trillion dollars spent on
U.S. wars since 2003 are resources that could have been directed
to address the increasing desperate plight of workers and poor
people in the U.S.