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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 U.S. 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.


Eli wishing Assange a Happy Birthday

Eli and Fred "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.

Listen to recent shows

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July 11

GUESTS: Maria and Michael Quackenbush, activists and cofounders of the Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance, talk about the origin and present day goals for this grassroots progressive organization.

Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance -Facebook
Crashing the Party – The Political Divide in Dutchess County
DCPAA Events

LINK: Local activist and member of Vets for Peace is being held in Ireland for holding a banner at Shannon Airport.

SONG: Peter Paul and Mary ... The Great Mandella
SONG: Slug's Revenge ... Media Song

July 4

GUEST: Rabab Abdulhadi, founding Director/Senior Scholar in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, talks about her widely published anthologies and how the Israel Lobby has attempted to destroy her freedom of speech on Palestinian rights.

“Do not be silent,” says professor Rabab Abdulhadi
Letter to President Napolitano of the UC System
Safety concerns lead to event cancellations
Proposed study abroad program to Palestine

SONG: Joan Baez. Joan Baez: The Complete A&M Recordings  ... Amazing Grace

June 27

GUEST: Joe Emersberger is a Canadain based commentator who writes primarily for, the Canary, and Counterpunch, and previously for Telesur English, talks about Julian Assange, Venezuela and our government's attempts to limit freedom of the press.

LINK: Support journalism, free Julian Assange

President Moreno's betrayal of Assange
Trump Sanctions Have Killed Thousands of Venezuelans
Talk Nation Radio: Joe Emersberger on the Media

SONG: The Honey Drippers  ... Impeach The President

June 20

GUEST: Howie Hawkins, long time organizer for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and former Green Party candidate for NY Governor, talks about imperialism and why all the Democratic presidential hopefuls mostly avoid US militarism.

Green Party 2020
Demilitarization Is The Key To Green New Deal
Howie Hawkins and the Global Green Movement

SONG: Joe Glazer ... Ballad of Eugene Victor Debs

June 13

GUEST: Susan Smith, former talk show host for "From Ferguson to Palestine," Director of Operations for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, member of the Muslim Peace Fellowship, and of the Community of Living Traditions, a residential community of Muslims, Jews, and Christians at the Stony Point Center, talks about the importance of the International Sanctuary Declaration.

Another Way to Keep Families Together
The Sanctuary Movement and Sanctuary Cities
Is the Global Sanctuary Movement an answer?
International Sanctuary Declaration

June 6

GUEST: Andi Novick, political activist, lawyer, and local farmer, answers all the questions we might have about legally growing and using cannabis, this once forbidden product.

Ask your legislators to support small cannabis farmers
The Righteous Way to Grow Cannabis
How Cannabis Cultivation Has Advanced Farming Technologies

SONG: Ayanna Gregory ... Paying tribute to her father

May 30

GUEST: Alan Davis, President of The Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund, Director of the WhyNot Initiative supporting social change, and founder of Conservatree Paper Company, the leading distributor of recycled paper, talks about the Patriotic Millionaires and their plan to create economic fairness instead of worker exploitation.

Patriotic Millionaires
AOC, Sanders, and Warren Are the Real Centrists
Think bigger (and wider) on taxing the wealthy

SONG: Richie Havens ... Songs That US Civil War Black Soldiers Sang

May 23

Eli brings in a surprise guest, a Black community activist from the city of Poughkeepsie, NY. They cover education, the history of segregation in the city, and the ways that citizens are attempting to bring their community back.

May 16

Eli and Raphaelle report back from the Dutchess County Legislature and from the Venezuelan Embassy. Hear their first hand accounts of resisting the empire at home and in Washington DC.

May 9

GUEST: Zachariah Barghouti, organizer with the Palestinian Youth Movement USA, talks about his experiences as an immigrant, queer Palestinian man and about his speaking tours at universities teaching about queer led BDS campaigns targeting the Israeli government's pinkwashing efforts.

Attempt to shut down Barghouti's panel at Vassar College
Researching the American-Israeli Alliance
Take on Hate - Facebook

LINK: Emergency at Venezuelan Embassy, D.C.

SONG: Peter, Paul and Mary ... El Salvador

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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. 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.)
  8. 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.)
  9. 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.)
  10. It's all Trump's fault! Vote for the Democrats to change the system. (If you believe that whopper, you are part of the problem.)

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.

The policy of the American Empire since World War II.

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
The breakdown [of American society] is not caused by economic laws. They are policies, a kind of class war initiated by the rich and powerful against the working population and the poor. This is what defines the neoliberalism period, not only in the United States but in Europe and elsewhere.

Noam Chomsky