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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, 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 every Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on WVKR in Poughkeepsie (91.3 FM). And if the word spreads that the emperor has no clothes and you want to be entertained from another part of the globe, point your browser to:

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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 on stories we have done. Get the full stories on:

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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

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 profits of war have always influenced
American foreign policy. A decade of conflict
has robbed workers of two trillion dollars.


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





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

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June 23

GUEST: Larry Bogad, long time progressive activist, professor of Performance Studies at U.C. Davis, and author of a new book, Tactical Performance: The theory and practice of serious play, talks about the use of art and drama in facilitating social change.

L.M. Bogad's website
Tactical Performance: The theory and practice of serious play
Electoral  Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements
Cointelshow: A Patriot Act
TedX talk about Tactical Performance

ACTION:
Sign the Woodstock Free Speech Petition

SONG: (Invincible) EMERGENCE ... The Emperor's Clothes
SONG: Billionaires for Bush ... I'm a Texas Oilman

June 16

GUEST: Reverend Chris Antal, minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Rock Tavern, and founder of the Hudson Valley chapter of Veterans for Peace, talks about his life as a U.S. Army chaplain in Afghanistan and the reasons that he publicly resigned in a letter to President Obama.

Chaplain resigns via letter to Obama, rips drone policy
A Veteran’s Day Confession for America
"I Refuse to Serve as an Empire Chaplain"

ACTION:
Boycott Sabra and Tribe hummus. Sabra hummus is partly owned by an Israeli company named the Strauss Group that has publicly supported the IDF and has very close ties with the Israeli military. Tribe is partly owned by Osem, which partners with the Jewish National Fund, a group that has worked intimately with the Israeli government.

SONG: Chicago Flashmob ... B. D. S. (Jackson 5)
SONG: James Taylor, Before This World ... Far Afghanistan

June 9

GUEST: Kit Kittredge, member of Code Pink who has been to Gaza six times, talks about the "Women's Boat" that will try to sail through the Israeli blockade to expose the suffering of 1.8 million entrapped Palestinians.

The Women's Boat to Gaza
Feelin the love, in Gaza
Arrested during Palestinian relief mission
Kit Kittredge, U.S. Boat to Gaza Passenger
Gaza Freedom March: detained at the US embassy

ACTION:
Petition Cuomo, we have the right to boycott Israel

SONG: Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie, Precious Friend ... How Can I Keep from Singing?
SONG: Tom Morello The Night Watchman with Ben Harper ... Save the Hammer for the Man

June 2

GUEST: Jen Marlowe, award-winning author, documentary filmmaker and playwright, talks about her recent production, There Is a Field, and how the play helps audiences understand Palestinian suffering.

About There is a Field
Press & Praise
I Am Troy Davis

SONG: Holly Near, Early Warnings ... Nicaragua Night
SONG: John Gorka, So Dark You See ... Live By the Sword

May 26

GUEST: Peter Enns, the executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and an associate professor of government at Cornell, talks about his new book: Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World.

May 19

GUEST: Miko Peled, son of the famous Israeli General Matti Peled and the grandson of a signer of the Israeli declaration of independence, talks about his book, "The General's Son," that describes why American Jews have become critical of the policies of the Israeli government.

The General's Song - Just World Books
Chris Hedges interviews Miko Peled
Why Miko Peled's story resonates for Palestinians
Combatants for Peace - Yonatan Shapira

SONG: Colleen Kattau, Sing it Down, Volume 2: Songs to Close the SOA ... Romero

April 28

GUEST: Eric Jensen, prison reform organizer and former inmate, talks about the murder of Sam Harrell, a 30 year old Black man who was beaten to death by prison officers at the Fishkill Correctional Facility one year ago.

The Death and Short Life of Samuel Harrell
Prison ‘Beat Up Squad’ Is Blamed in NY Inmate’s Death
Beacon Prison Action

SONG: Voices of the People ... Sing a Song for Benjamin Linder
SONG: Bob Dylan,  Listen, Whitey! ... George Jackson

April 21

GUEST: Khaled Farrag and Yasmin Yablonko, two citizens of Israel, one Druze and one Jewish, who have refused to serve in the Israeli Defense Force, talk about the refusenik movement and the effects of militarism on Israeli society. -Sun, May 1 from 2-4 PM in Woodstock at the Town Hall, 76 Tinker St.

April 14

GUEST: Brian Trautman, board member of Veterans For Peace and college instructor in peace studies and economics, talks about how and why veterans have become active in combating racism and Islamophobia.

Veterans For Peace
Peace In Our Times - VFP Special Edition on Vietnam War
Veterans Try to Combat Islamophobia

SONG: Kris Kristofferson ... Good Christian Soldier

April 7

GUEST: David McCallum, who was falsely convicted of murder at 16 and spent the next 29 years in prison, talks about his eventual exoneration, the role of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, and the shame of our racist criminal justice system.

Wrongfully convicted Brooklyn man goes free

Wrongfully convicted of murder, freed after 29 years
Innocence Project

SONG: Billie Holiday, The Diva Series: Billie Holiday ... Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version)
SONG: Bob Dylan ... Hurricane


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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.)
  11. Obama represents change we can believe in. (By altering the face of corporate domination, the elites hope to keep things just about the same. It is change they can believe in: no change at all.)

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




We have been added to the British site
www.WorthBroadcasting.org
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