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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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standing with vigil for Julian Assange
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GUEST: Medea Benjamin, long time activist, provocateur, author and co-founder of Code Pink, talks about her latest book, Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection.
Kingdom of the Unjust
Code Pink: becoming part of the change we want to see
Hillary Clinton and the fatal ménage ā trois
SONG: Arlo Guthrie, Willie Nelson, Neil Young ... This Land Is Your Land Live Farm Aid 1987
Guest: Salam Qumsiyeh, a young woman living in Palestine, whose visit to the US is being sponsored by the Reformed Church of Woodstock, talks about her life as a Christian Palestinian living in the occupied West Bank.
SONG: Rhiannon Giddens ... Cry No More
GUEST: Dr. Trickledown, member of the Eagle Heritage Foundation, talks about his work in supporting the oil companies, pharmaceuticals, weapons manufacturers, the insurance industry, Wall Street, the strip miners. Well, you get the idea.
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Fred and Eli
GUEST: Libby Frank, a founder of Northwest Suburban Peace & Education Project and member of the steering committee of NNOMY (National Network Opposing Militarization of Youth), talks about counter recruiting in the nation's public schools.
Counter-recruitment Activism and its Issues
Bringing Truth to the Youth: Counter-Recruitment Movement
Education Not Militarization - Why the need for Project YANO
SONG: Childsplay, Waiting for the Dawn ... Mothers of the Disappeared / The Evenstar
GUEST: Gary Kenton, political activist and former co-host of Activist Radio, returns to the Vassar College airways to talk about progressive movements in his new state, North Carolina.
North Carolina police officer joined a Black Lives matter protest
Black Lives Matter protesters in Charlotte
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SONG: Anne Feeney, Have You Been to Jail for Justice? ... Rebuild America-Keep Hope Alive
SONG: Garner Family ... I Can't Breathe
GUEST: Ellie Bernstein, filmmaker and political activist, will talk to us about her latest documentary "The Impact," that explores Islamophobia around the world and how some governments use racist fears to target and frighten Muslims.
See clips from the film and donate to complete it
The Chilling Rise of Islamophobia in Our Schools
Islamophobia is a multimillion-dollar industry
SONG: Faith Petric and Mark Ross ... Ain't Done Nothing If You Ain't Been Called A Red
On November 18, Edward Snowden will be awarded Norwegian PEN's Ossietzky Prize for outstanding achievements as a whistleblower. Tell the Norwegian Government to Let Edward Snowden Come to Norway.
GUEST: Alexis Stoumbelis, executive director of CISPES, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, talks about neoliberalism and how it destroys lives in Latin America.
Press statement from our delegation
War by Other Means in El Salvador - NACLA
SONG: Filter, Anthems for the Damned ... Only You
SONG: Phranc ... Bulldagger Swagger
GUEST: Ellen Isaacs, retired physician, political activist, and freelance writer, talks about the refugee crisis, racism as well as their links to neoliberal capitalism.
Her blog is at www.multiracialunity.org
From Baltimore to Palestine
Migration: A Reflection of Capitalism
Progressive Labor Party (PLP)
SONG: Tom Neilson ... All About The Money
SONG: Sole & DJ Pain 1 ... Fire the Police
Write Chelsea Manning to support her WikiLeaks whistle-blowing.
PANEL: Alan Levine, Constitutional lawyer and Donna Nevel, National Board member for Jewish Voice for Peace, discuss both the First Amendment and the moral arguments against Cuomo’s order creating a blacklist of organizations and groups using boycotts for peace and justice in the Middle East.
Woodstock Free Speech
Cuomo's BDS Blacklist Is a Clear Violation of the First Amendment
Cuomo’s BDS Blacklist Is an Affront to Free Expression
I’m Jewish, and I want people to boycott Israel
SONG: Lightnin' Hopkins, From the Vaults Lightnin' Hopkins Rarities ...Vietnam War
GUEST: Ben Ehrenreich, author of "The Way to the Spring," based on his three years in the West Bank traveling and living with Palestinian families, talks about the extremes of oppression suffered by an occupied people.
Ben Ehrenreich Writes a Love Letter to Palestine - NYT
The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine
A sobering look at Palestinian life and resistance - LA Times
Exploring Life on "Planet Hebron" - The Intercept
SONG: Simon & Garfunkel ... The Sun is Burning
SONG: Anne Feeney, Have You Been to Jail for Justice? ... Spoiled Brats of the Ruling Class
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