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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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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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Fred talks about his trip to Standing Rock with Veterans For Peace. The program includes some Lakota songs and drumming recorded over the last week.
Heading To Flint Next
Blizzard In Standing Rock
Stand With Standing Rock
SONG: Bruce Cockburn, Songs for Leonard Peltier ... Stolen Lands - In the Spirit of Crazy Horse
GUESTS: Stephen Apkon, director of "Disturbing the Peace," a documentary about former enemy combatants, Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters, who are working together to end the occupation. He is joined by Sulaiman Khatib and Assaf Yacobovitz.
Palestinian Peace Activist Refused Entry for Movie Premiere
Combatants for Peace: Ending the Occupation
SONG: Utah Phillips, Hail to the Thieves Handful of Earth ... Ship Gonna Sail (thanks to Bill in Oregon for suggesting the song)
INTERVIEW: Will Griffin interviews Mathew Hoh: Peace report from Standing Rock
GUEST: Roger Silverman, teacher, author and political activist, talks about his new book, "Defiance: Greece and Europe," that explains SYRIZA's continuing resistance to neoliberal capitalism.
Defiance: Greece and Europe
Defiance: Greece and Europe - Amazon
Roger Silverman's Blog
SONG: Dick Gaughan, Handful of Earth ... Workers' Song
GUEST: Jordan Taylor, recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz and member of Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter, talks about the beginnings of his activism, and the prospects for racial justice in the coming year.
Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter Coalition
Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter - Facebook
Black Lives Mater: Upstate NY
SONG: The Weepies, Songs From Sing Out! ... Nobody Knows Me At All
SONG: Dick Gaughan, Outlaws & Dreamers ... When I'm Gone
GUEST: Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-founder of Wealth for Common Good, talks about his latest book: Born on Third Base: a One Percenter Makes the Case For Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.
Born on Third Base
Trump Was Born on Third Base
Political Revolution 2.0 — Bernie’s Theory of Change
SONG: Stuart James ... No DAPL Dakota Access Pipeline
SONG: Neil Young ... Indian Givers
Call on Congress to cut US security aid to Honduras! On Tuesday, October 18th, Jose Angel Flores, the President of the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguan and fellow campesino leader Silmer Dionicio George were assassinated as they left a meeting of the campesino movement. 150 campesinos have been murdered in the Aguan Valley alone since the SOA-graduate led coup.
Despite the constant persecution and repression against those who work for justice in Honduras, the United States State Department has recently certified that the Honduran government is taking effective steps on human rights, including to protect activists and human rights defenders, in order to enable $55 million in US aid to flow to Honduras. This is ridiculous. It is time for Congress to definitively cut US security aid to Honduras.
GUEST: George Joseph, an editorial fellow at CityLab who covers schools, policing, and surveillance, talks about the 9 billionaires trying to destroy New York’s Public Schools.
David Rovics ... Jill
GUEST: Paul Donnelly, political activist and teacher at Poughkeepsie High School, talks about charter schools, public school funding and the underlying racism of our educational system.
School to Prison Pipeline - NYCLU
9 Billionaires Are About to Remake New York’s Public Schools
Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem
SONG: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Running for the Drum ... No No Keshagesh
SONG: John Cougar Mellencamp ... Rain On The Scarecrow
GUEST: Jeff Golden, political activist and co-founder of the Common Fire Foundation, talks about justice for Samuel Harrell and Beacon Prison Action.
Beacon Prison Action
Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter Coalition
Unheard Voices - Justice for Samuel Harrell
Original NY Times article about Sam Harrell
SONG: Richie Havens ... Working Class Hero
SONG: Miguel ... How Many
GUEST: Marjorie Leopold, local activist, teacher and producer, talks about forming a new human rights organization in the Mid Hudson Valley, a chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.
Women's Boat to Gaza seized in international waters.
Jewish Voice for Peace
JVP response to Black Lives Policy Platform
SONG: Pete Seeger ... Guantanamera
SONG: Synne Recksten, Emma Rinqvist, Marama Davidson ... Song for Gaza (recorded on the Zaytouna-Oliva, Women's Boat to Gaza)
GUEST: Doug Rawlings, founding member of Veterans For Peace, poet, and critic of the contemporary effort by our government to whitewash the Vietnam story, talks about his newest project, Letters to the Wall.
Vietnam Full Disclosure: Letters to the Wall, book now available
Vietnam Full Disclosure Letter Writing Campaign
the Vietnam War experience published
Letter Campaign For 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War
SONG: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, CSNY/Déjà Vu (Live) ... Living With War
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