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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.

So sit back, relax, and listen to Activist Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, PRN.FM every Sunday from 5 - 6 pm.

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The show is also broadcast from WVKR, 91.3 FM, Vassar College every Thursday from 5 - 6 pm. 

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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.





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January 18

GUEST: Dr. Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, talks about his most recent report, "Historical Landmarks in the Hundred Years' War on Palestine."

Rashid Khalidi
Historical Landmarks in the Hundred Years’ War
The Israeli-American Hammer-Lock on Palestine

SONG: Himno Zapatista ... Zapatista Anthem

ACTION: Urge Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, and MSNBC to correct their failure to report on the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen and the direct U.S. military role in causing the catastrophe by signing the petition:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/

January 11

GUEST: Ken Churchill, creator of the American Homeless Land Model campaign to set aside public land for citizens and US veterans without shelter, will talk about some of his recent successes in small towns across the country.

American Homeless Land Model - Facebook
Homeless Land Model
VA kills plan to cut homeless-vet program after outcry
Homeless Veterans Working Group

SONG: Pete Townshend, Truancy ... Guantanamo

January 4

GUEST: Rivera Sun, author of The Dandelion Insurrection and other novels, co-host of Love and Revolution Radio, and trainer in nonviolent campaigns, talks about applying Gandhi's ideas to the fight for Net Neutrality.

Rivera Sun on the web
Countdown to Launch: Rivera Sun
Review of The Roots of Resistance
Renaissance woman Rivera Sun in Ukiah
Radical is the new sensible

SONG: Lizzie No ... Sundown - All proceeds from “Sundown” will benefit Black Lives Matter
SONG: Tom Neilson, Ain't Gonna Pass  ... Gaza

December 28

GUEST: Jack, member of the Hudson Valley Antifascist Network, talks about the influence of Occupy and Black Lives Matter on ANTIFA, and of the organization's efforts in defending our communities through direct action, education and protest.

Hudson Valley Antifascist Network
The Lost History of Antifa
ANTIFA clothing, patches and accesories
What It’s Like to Betray Antifa to the Cops—and Get Caught

SONG: Pete Seeger ... Talking Union

December 21

GUEST: Kamau Franklin, lawyer, grassroots community organizer, and Political Editor for the Atlanta Black Star, talks about Malcolm X, the Democratic Party taking Black voters for granted, and the role of white intellectuals in demanding racial justice.

Malcolm X, Self-Determination and the People's Movement
Why Black America Favors the Establishment
Can a Radical Black Mayor Make a Revolution?
“Time for an Awakening” with guest Attorney Kamau Franklin

SONG: Robbie O'Connell, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (Live) ... Christmas In the Trenches

December 14

GUEST: Andrew Joyce, former political writer at Fusion and MSNBC, talks about his work at the NYC based political website, "Mic," a new media company like "Buzzfeed" and "Vice" that focuses on millennials.

A year after Trump’s election, socialism is no longer a dirty word
The left’s “Bernie wing” is ready to get arrested to save health care
Majority of Democrats want party to move left, oppose its leadership
A.P. Joyce: I cover politics and policy

SONG: Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris ... 1917
SONG: Kat Wright/Dwight Richter/Nicole Nelson ... This Land Is Your Land, for Bernie Sanders

December 7

GUEST: Wendell Potter, former public relations executive for Humana, head of corporate communications for Cigna, and author of Deadly Spin and Nation On The Take, talks about his crisis of conscience in working for corporate interests, and his creation of Tarbell, a new source of information about who really runs America.

Tarbell | New, independent journalism to reveal who runs America
Healthcare exec hopes to set the record straight
Tarbell will focus on corporate cash’s political influence

SONG: Foy Vance ... Noam Chomsky Is A Soft Revolution

November 30

GUEST: Josh Hoxie, director of the Project on Opportunity and Taxation at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-editor of Inequality.org, talks about his new report, Billionaire Bonanza 2017: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us. (Note: due to a studio problem, this program did not play from Vassar College Radio on November 30. It was re-recorded as a podcast and broadcast the following Sunday from 5 - 6 pm on www.PRN.fm.)

It’s Not Class, It’s Race
Billionaire Bonanza 2017
Blogging Our Great Divide

SONG: Peter, Paul and Mary  ... If You Love Your Country
SONG: Richie Havens, Mixed Bag ... Handsome Johnny

November 16

GUEST: Leslie Mullin, social justice activist, member of the San Francisco-Bay Area based Haiti Action Committee and author of "How the U.S. Crippled Haiti’s Domestic Rice Industry," talks about the struggle against US imperialism in Central America and the implications of race and neoliberalism.

How the US Crippled Haiti’s Rice Industry
Haiti - The New Yorker
Haiti Action Committee

SONG: Ke$ha ... We R Who We R
SONG: Kirk Franklin, Artists United For Haiti ... Are You Listening

November 9

GUEST: Chris Nineham, founder member of the Stop the War Coalition, a coordinator of the European Social Forum in Florence in 2002, and an organizer of the two million London demonstration against the Iraq war in 2003, talks about his latest book, How the Establishment Lost Control. (thanks to Sharon for help with the interview)

Chris Nineham
Counterfire - Help boost radical media and socialist organisation
Chris Nineham on the importance of politics at festivals

SONG: Merle Haggard, Punk Baroque ... America First


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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. Environmental destruction is necessary for growth. (It is only necessary for huge profits, earned mostly by putting the health of the poor and middle class at risk.)
  8. 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.)
  9. 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.)
  10. 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.)

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