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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.

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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.




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.

Listen to recent shows

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February 16

GUEST: Jamal Joseph, American writer, director, poet, activist, college professor, and former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, talks about his new film, Chapter & Verse: A Harlem Story.

Chapter & Verse: A Harlem Story - The film
Jamal Joseph website
Chapter & Verse: A Harlem Story - Facebook

SONG: Luke Kelly & The Dubliners ... The Auld Triangle

February 9

GUEST: Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor-at-large of YES! magazine, talks about her brand new book: The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000-Mile Journey Through a New America.

How the Standing Rock movement changed us
Sarah van Gelder - Twitter
The Revolution Where You Live

SONG: Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald ... Ship's Gonna Sail
SONG: Carol King ... One Small World

February 2

GUEST: Alice Rothchild, obstetrician-gynecologist, human rights activist and writer, talks about her new book Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine.

Alice Rothchild - Blog
About Alice Rothchild - Just World Books
Review of Condition Critical

Jamal Joseph's new movie: Chapter & Verse, A Harlem Story

SONG: Richard & Linda Thompson ... Justice in the Streets

January 26

GUEST: Deirdre Griswold, co-founder of the Workers World Party and long time editor of its weekly newspaper, talks about US aggression in Asia and its decades long effects on Korea.

How China became a world power
Indonesia 1965: The Second Greatest Crime of the Century
Workers World, Articles by Deirdre Griswold

SONG:  David Rovics- John Wildermuth ... Khader Adnan, Bobby Sands

January 19

GUEST: Mariel Fiori, a professional journalist from Argentina and co-founder/managing editor of La Voz, a Spanish magazine distributed in the Hudson Valley, talks about the needs and rights of the Latino community in the age of Trump.

Growing Together
2016: No. 11 Volume 13
La Voz - Facebook

SONG: Holly Near ... It Could Have Been Me
SONG: Johan W Ekman, Wikileaks: Beat the Blockade (Supporter Version) ... B Manning

January 12

GUEST: Eitan Bronstein, founder of the NGO, Zochrot, co-author of "Nakba in Hebrew," and co-creator of the De-Colonizer website, talks about his personal journey of decolonizing his identity as an Israeli.

De-Colonizer: the map
Buy a copy of the map
"Nakba" in Hebrew: the book
De-Colonizer: research and art laboratory for social change
Zochrot

SONG: Michael Hermisto ... Some - a poem by Daniel Berrigan
SONG: Peter Gabriel - Snowden movie ... The Veil

January 5

GUEST: Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center, writer for the Workers World newspaper, and organizer of mass rallies against imperialism, talks about the US "Pivot to Asia" and the threat of war in coming years.

J20 March on DC (and other cities)
International Action Center
Workers World: oppressed peoples of the world unite!
U.S. threats in South China Sea

SONG: Dick Gaughan, Prentice Piece ... Outlaws and Dreamers

December 29

GUESTS: Voices from Standing Rock. The beginning of the veterans' participation, the events of the week, and some of the many groups supporting environmental and indigenous rights over the billionaires and their fossil fuel pipelines.

Veterans for Standing Rock
Veterans for Standing Rock – A Photo Essay: CounterPunch
Spokesperson Announces New Organization

SONG: Trevor Hall ... Standing Rock
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Christmas Time in Washington (Steve Earl)

December 22

GUEST: George Lakey, co-founder of Earth Quaker Action Group, visiting Professor at Swarthmore College, and leader of over 1,500 workshops on five continents, talks about his latest book, Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right and How We Can, Too.

Viking Economics
Review: Times Higher Education
Making America More Like Scandinavia: The Atlantic

SONG: The Staple Singers, This Little Light ... Masters of War
SONG: Dar Williams, Mortal City ... The Christians and the Pagans

December 15

GUESTS: Nic Abramson, Helaine Meisler, and Sharon Johnston, three activists from Woodstock Free Speech, talk about their efforts to get a First Amendment resolution, protecting a citizen's right to boycott, passed by the Woodstock Town Board.

Woodstock Free Speech Campaign
Cuomo’s BDS Blacklist a Clear Violation of the First Amendment
Shame on Cuomo: New Yorkers protest “McCarthyite” blacklist

SONG: Pat Humphries, Hands ... Swimming To The Other Side
SONG: Sara Thomsen ...Water Is Life - Mni Wičoni


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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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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