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.
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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.
Reporting from the veteran's
encampment at Standing Rock
Fred at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London,
standing with vigil for Julian Assange
and DJ James
Dahr Jamail and Gary
Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger
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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
SONG: Ke$ha ... We R Who We R
SONG: Kirk Franklin, Artists United For Haiti ... Are You Listening
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
GUEST: Major Danny Sjursen, a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point, who served with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan and wrote a critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge, talks about the hidden costs of empire and the militarizing of US police forces.
Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and Myth of the Surge
The Hazards of Military Worship
Counterinsurgency, Policing and the Militarization of America’s Cities
SONG: David Rovics, Punk Baroque ... America Has Never Been So Great
SONG: Magpie, Of Changes And Dreams ... Follow The Money
GUEST: Maria Höhn, Professor and Chair of History at Vassar College, author of "GIs and Fräuleins," about American troops in Germany, coauthor of "Over There: Living with The U.S. Military Empire from World War Two to the Present," and co-founder of “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany" talks about our nation's military troops in foreign lands.
Dr. Maria Höhn, Vassar College
GIs and Fräuleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany
Over There: Living with the U.S. Military Empire from World War Two to the Present
SONG: Gilad Atzmon and The OHE ... The Tide Has Changed
SONG: Magpie & Pete Seeger, Of Changes And Dreams ... Sailing Up My Dirty Stream
GUESTS: Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino, award winning recording artists, folk singers and activists who have made their group, Magpie, one of the seminal voices in labor and social justice music. Their new album is entitled, "When We Stand Together: Songs of Joe Hill, the IWW, and Fellow Workers."When We Stand Together - Magpie's latest album
Magpie - Facebook
SONG: Magpie - Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino, Of Changes And Dreams ... Tom Paine's Bones
GUEST: Peter Heymann, member of The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond and the Anti-Racist Alliance, talks about his Undoing Racism Workshops and the anti-racist structural analysis of educational, corporate and community institutions.
Undoing Racism Workshop - Dutchess (Go Fund Me)
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
Undoing Racism Workshop Schedule
Racial Equity Resource Guide
SONG: Eminem ... The Rest of America Stand Up
GUEST: James Kilgore, college professor, social justice activist, and author of three published novels while he was incarcerated, talks about his latest campaign, Challenging E-Carceration.
James Kilgore at The New Press
Understanding Mass Incarceration
SONG: Magpie - Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino ... Follow the Money
GUEST: Laura Finley, associate professor of sociology and criminology and author of several books on social justice, talks about her current focus on the militarization of police forces in inner city communities.
Reconsider Offering Military Surplus to Police
The Crisis of Police Militarization
Do we want warriors or guardians?
SONG: Jimi Hendrix ... Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock
GUEST: Joel Kovel, psychotherapist, college professor, political activist, and author of many books including Enemy of Nature and Overcoming Zionism, talks about his latest book The Lost Traveller's Dream.
Eli and I "take a knee" for racial justice
while Jimi Hendrix goes out over the airwaves.
The Lost Traveller's Dream - A Memoir
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?
On not going to one’s 60th reunion at Yale
Capitalism Nature Socialism - Journal
SONG: John Mellencamp ... Easy Target
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SONG: Pete Seeger ... Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
SONG: Bobby Darin ... The Simple Song of Freedom
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