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.
The show is also broadcast from WVKR, 91.3 FM, Vassar College every Thursday from 5 - 6 pm.Simple Radio app to listen to the show live on your smartphone. Or listen to the podcast at anytime by downloading the PodCruncher app.
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
and DJ James
Dahr Jamail and Gary
Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger
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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."
Historical Landmarks in the Hundred Years’ War
The Israeli-American Hammer-Lock on Palestine
SONG: Himno Zapatista ... Zapatista Anthem
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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
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
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
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
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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
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SONG: Kat Wright/Dwight Richter/Nicole Nelson ... This Land Is Your Land, for Bernie Sanders
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
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
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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
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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)
Counterfire - Help boost radical media and socialist organisation
Chris Nineham on the importance of politics at festivals
SONG: Merle Haggard, Punk Baroque ... America First
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
US has a highly
class. If you read the
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.