to ClassWars, the home of Activist Radio, a weekly program for all
Americans who are not in the wealthiest one percent of the U.S.
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
Dahr Jamail and Gary
Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger
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GUEST: Susan Smith, former talk show host for "From Ferguson to Palestine," Director of Operations for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship, and of the Community of Living Traditions, a residential community of Muslims, Jews, and Christians at the Stony Point Center, talks about the importance of the International Sanctuary Declaration.
Another Way to Keep Families Together
The Sanctuary Movement and Sanctuary Cities
Is the Global Sanctuary Movement an answer?
International Sanctuary Declaration
GUEST: Andi Novick, political activist, lawyer, and local farmer, answers all the questions we might have about legally growing and using cannabis, this once forbidden product.
Ask your legislators to support small cannabis farmers
The Righteous Way to Grow Cannabis
How Cannabis Cultivation Has Advanced Farming Technologies
SONG: Ayanna Gregory ... Paying tribute to her father
GUEST: Alan Davis, President of The Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund, Director of the WhyNot Initiative supporting social change, and founder of Conservatree Paper Company, the leading distributor of recycled paper, talks about the Patriotic Millionaires and their plan to create economic fairness instead of worker exploitation.
AOC, Sanders, and Warren Are the Real Centrists
Think bigger (and wider) on taxing the wealthy
SONG: Richie Havens ... Songs That US Civil War Black Soldiers Sang
Eli brings in a surprise guest, a Black community activist from the city of Poughkeepsie, NY. They cover education, the history of segregation in the city, and the ways that citizens are attempting to bring their community back.
GUEST: Zachariah Barghouti, organizer with the Palestinian Youth Movement USA, talks about his experiences as an immigrant, queer Palestinian man and about his speaking tours at universities teaching about queer led BDS campaigns targeting the Israeli government's pinkwashing efforts.
Attempt to shut down Barghouti's panel at Vassar College
Researching the American-Israeli Alliance
Take on Hate - Facebook
LINK: Emergency at Venezuelan Embassy, D.C.
SONG: Peter, Paul and Mary ... El Salvador
GUEST: Seth Donnelly, teacher, labor activist, and human rights delegation member, talks about his work in exposing U.S. racism and colonialism in Haiti.
Hold the US/UN Accountable
America’s WAR on the PLANET
Eyewitnesses Describe Massacre by UN Troops in Haiti
Martelly regime destroys poor people’s homes
LINK: Airbnb now rents out rooms and apartments in the Occupied West Bank. Only Jewish tourists need apply. Resist racism and apartheid by selecting an alternative to Airbnb.
SONG: Larry Long ... White Sheets in The White House
GUEST: Gloria La Riva, activist with the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and twice PSL presidential candidate, talks to us about her month long trip through Venezuela in the midst of growing U.S. aggression.
Eyewitness Venezuela National Speaking Tour
Liberation News - Author Archive
Build the People's Congress of Resistance!
Gloria La Riva on the Issues
SONG: Loudon Wainwright III ... Presidents' Day
SONG: Loudon Wainwright III ... I Had a Dream
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
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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