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Welcome 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.

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 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

Dave, Heather, Fred and DJ James Poe
at WABG - AM 960 in Columbus, MS

Dahr Jamail and Gary

Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger

Kathy Kelly and Gary

Thanks to Martha for this time
on the set of Democracy Now.

Fred and Gary on the air

The late 19 Century had its very own Gilded Age.

Milton Friedman, guru of deregulation and
self interest, made millionaires into billionaires
by robbing everyone else.

Listen to recent shows

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February 14

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

February 7

GUEST: Manar Wahhab, cofounder and educational director of House of Hope, and seasoned art and music therapist for children experiencing toxic stress and trauma, talks about her work in helping women and children cope with the violence of Israeli occupation.

Supporting House of Hope
House of Hope - Facebook
houseofhopepalestine - Instagram
House of Hope - Vimeo

SONG: The Killers ... Land of the Free

January 31

GUEST: Jack Beattie, survivor of the attack on the USS Liberty by Israeli war planes and ships that killed 34 sailors and wounded 174, talks about that day in June, 1967 which saw the largest Navy death toll since World War II.

"USS Liberty: Dead In The Water"
Survivor of USS Liberty still seeking answers
New revelations in attack on American spy ship

SONG: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Déjà Vu ... Teach Your Children

January 24

GUEST: Pat Elder, long time antiwar activist and author of Military Recruiting in the United States, talks about the deceptive practices of the U.S. military as it recruits our nation's youth for the endless wars of empire.

Madison Avenue Joins the Army
Military Recruiting in the United States
Counter recruitment

SONG: Yoko Ono ... Imagine

January 17

GUEST: Margaret Kimberley, member of Black Alliance for Peace and senior reporter with the Black Agenda Report, talks about the U.S. militarism in Africa and the need to actively resist racism and colonialism wherever it appears.

Petition: Demand the U.S. End its Occupation of Africa
Black Alliance for Peace
The failure of Black Lives Matter
Freedom Rider: The Democrats Win and Black People Lose

SONG: Tracy Chapman, Medicine Songs ... America

January 10

GUEST: David Vine, assistant professor of anthropology at American University and author of the newly published Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World talks about a new, bipartisan effort to inform the American people of their empire abroad and to bring military expenditures under control.

U.S. Military Bases Abroad
The American Empire Project
David Vine talked about his book Base Nation - C-SPAN

SONG: Tracy Chapman, Our Bright Future ... Something to See

January 3

GUEST: Ben Grosscup, singer and songwriter who is as comfortable on a picket line as he us in front of a mic, talks about his recent trip to the Hudson Valley as a guest performer at a Veterans For Peace event on Palestinian rights.

Middle East Crisis - Facebook
Ben Grosscup on YouTube
Middle East Crisis Response

SONG: Ben Grosscup ... Higher Ground
SONG: Ben Grosscup ... Love Me, I'm a Liberal

December 27

GUEST: Krystal Two Bulls, US military veteran, member of About Face Veterans Against the War, and Co-Director of the Drop the MIC Campaign (Military Industrial Complex), talks about her Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne indigenous identity and how that relates to her efforts to end America's reckless wars abroad.

About Face, Veterans Against The War

The Financial Powers Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline
Krystal Rain Twobulls - Facebook

SONG: Mike Harding ... Bombers Moon

December 20

GUEST: Donna Nevel, psychologist, educator, and founding member of Facing the Nakba Project, Jews Say No!, Network Against Islamophobia, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice,  talks about her resent research that reveals how the Jewish United Fund (JUF) pays for racist and Islamophobic campaigns in the US.

Defund Islamophobia Now | HuffPost
How a Jewish communal fund supports racism
Challenging Islamophobia: perspective from a Jewish partner

SONG: David Rovics ... Famine, Flood and Fire

December 13

GUEST: Paul Bermanzohn, psychiatrist, social activist and survivor of the 1979 Greensboro Massacre, talks about the use of racism to block labor organizing and impede the liberation of African Americans.

Survivors of 1979 Greensboro Massacre Testify
Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The True Story of the Greensboro Massacre
Through Survivors' Eyes

SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne ... Before the Deluge

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Some Favorite Lies
of the Very Rich

  1. Class wars don't exist in America, the land of the free. (The very rich have taken the rest of us to the cleaners, especially since the mid 1970's. Democracy in America has become little more than a useful fiction.)
  2. The two party system promotes the will of the people. (Both parties are paid for by the major corporations, leaving the people with very little power to change domestic or foreign policy.)
  3. Multinational Corporations encourage free enterprise. (They spend most of their time getting handouts from governments while trying to eliminate workers' rights and environmental regulations through "free" trade.)
  4. The billions spent on defense contracts make Americans safer. (Most defense contracts are no-bid, billion dollar scams. Of the first world countries, only America spends so much on weaponry that there is nothing left over for the poor and middle class: no education, no health care, and no housing.)
  5. High drug costs are necessary to pay for research. (Most drug profits go towards advertising and CEO stock options. Other first world countries, like Canada, control drug prices.)
  6. Charter schools increase the quality of the nation's education. (Charter schools allow corporations to control what students learn, while draining dollars from public schools.)
  7. US Foreign policy is used to spread democracy and to make the world a safer place. (Most US policy is military action aimed at countries that threaten corporate profits. In America, the poor fight the wars, the middle class pays for them, and the very rich make out like the bandits they are.)
  8. Health care can't include everyone in our country. (Every other developed country in the world has universal health care. And it cost them a lot less to do a much better job.)
  9. Social Security needs reform to save it. (Social Security is good for another 40 years, and with a little more paid by top earners, good forever. That is if we can keep Wall Street thieves from getting their hands on it.)
  10. It's all Trump's fault! Vote for the Democrats to change the system. (If you believe that whopper, you are part of the problem.)

The Hidden Verses
to Woody's Song

Was a high wall there that tried to stop me
A sign was painted said: Private Property,
But on the back side it didn't say nothing --
This land was made for you and me.

One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple
By the Relief Office I saw my people --
As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering if
This land was made for you and me.

WOODY G. (Feb. 23, 1940)

One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I'll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It's too soon to die.

-Pete Seeger

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The profits of war have always influenced
American foreign policy. Almost two decades of
conflict have robbed workers of 5.6 trillion dollars.

Crony capitalists have always been with us.
Here is Boss Tweed of New York's Tammany
Hall sometime in the 1860's.

I see in the future a crisis approaching that fills me with anxiety. As a result of the war, corporations have become enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its rule by preying upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is concentrated in a few hands and the Republic destroyed.

Abraham Lincoln

And above all Fascism denies that class-war can be the preponderant force in the transformation of society.

Benito Mussolini

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.

Fred Hampton

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 power.

Howard Zinn

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.

Ralph Nader

There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning.

Warren Buffet

This ($700 billion bailout) was the largest single act of class warfare in the modern history of this country.

Dennis Kucinich

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.

Naomi Klein

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.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide

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.

Noam Chomsky

The 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 minute.

Noam Chomsky
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 elsewhere.

Noam Chomsky