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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, 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.

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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 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


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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May 10

Guest: Thomas Drake, former senior executive at the NSA, where he blew the whistle on massive multibillion-dollar fraud, waste and abuse, as well as on widespread violations of citizen rights through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11, talks about defending the Constitution, the Obama legacy, and the new world of Trump.

PBS Frontline
End Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers
From Pentagon to Paradise - 40+ Years of Whistleblowing
Donate to Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign

SONG: Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo ... Nelson Mandela Song of Praise!

May 3

Guest: Fabian Marshall, political activist and resident of the Hudson Valley, talks about the day the Kingston Police arrested him for being a "black man in red shorts," and ended up tasering him 21 times. Fabian and his mother will describe their fight for racial justice this Friday at 7 pm at Holy Cross Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, 30 Pine Grove Ave, Kingston.

Fabian and Liz will speak this Friday in Kingston
Policing in the Hudson Valley - Chronogram
Video of altercation reveals larger issue with police
Justice For Fabian Marshall - Fundraiser

SONG: Joan Baez, Whistle Down The Wind ... Another World

April 26

Guest: Gareth Porter, activist, commentator and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, talks about the ascendency of John Bolton and the pro-war wing of both major parties.

Why John Bolton appointment is scarier than you think
Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
Bolton: A One-Man War Cabinet
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on U.S.-Iran Relations

SONG: Anne Feeney, Have You Been to Jail for Justice? ... CEOs (The Plane Wreck At Tuzla)

April 19

Guest: Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, teacher from Lake Oswego, Oregon and author of several articles including “COINTELPRO: Teaching the FBI’s War on the Black Freedom Movement” and "My So-Called Public School: School Foundations and the Myth of Funding Equity," talks about her latest piece in Common Dreams called: "Disguising Imperialism: How Textbooks Get the Cold War Wrong and Dupe Students."

Disguising Imperialism
COINTELPRO - Teaching the FBI’s War on the Black Freedom
National Security Archive
If We Knew Our History - Zinn Education Project

SONG: Maher Zain ... Palestine Will Be Free

April 12

GUESTS: Ally and Paul, political activists and members of Jewish Voice for Peace at Vassar College, talk about Israeli Apartheid Week Apr 13 - 20 and the challenges of running a human rights organization on campus.

Jewish Voice for Peace - Vassar College
Israeli Apartheid Week
National Students for Justice in Palestine

SONG: Neil Young ... War Song

April 5

GUEST: Patrick Martin, long time social justice activist and senior writer on US politics for the World Socialist Web Site, talks about why so many Democratic candidates for the House have backgrounds in the CIA, the military, and the national security state.

The CIA Democrats
Democrats signal shift to the right for 2018
How Veterans Are Powering the Democrats’ 2018 Hopes

SONG: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine Songs ... The War Racket
SONG: Lupe Fiasco ... Words I Never Said

March 29

GUEST: Eli Kassirer, local peace activist and talk radio host, talks about his trip to Yellowstone National Park with the Buffalo Field Campaign and the  Wild Buffalo Defense group, and shares some interviews he did with environmental  activists protecting wild bison herds.

Wild Buffalo Defenders Arraigned, Released
Wild Buffalo Defense
Buffalo Field Campaign

SONG: Vic Mensa, The Autobiography ... We Could Be Free

March 22

GUESTS: Eve Madalengoitia (team leader) and Elizabeth Armstrong, members of the Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance healthcare group, talk about New York State's plan for Single Payer and how it might be enacted.

Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance
Single Payer New York
Medicare for All
Campaign for New York Health

SONG: Dominique Moore ... Horrible Histories - Rosa Parks Equality Song
SONG: Joni Mitchel ... Goodbye Blue Sky

March 15

GUEST: Jon Queally, managing editor and staff writer for Common Dreams, covering US politics, foreign policy, human rights, and the climate crisis, talks about the role of on-line publications in the resistance.

Common Dreams
Sanders Calls DCCC Attacks on Progressives "Appalling"
Support Common Dreams
Putin's Press Conference (thanks, Raphaelle)

SONG: Pearls Before Swine ... Uncle John

March 8

GUEST: David Swanson, prominent activist and author of numerous books including "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union," "War Is a Lie," and "War No More: The Case for Abolition," talks about his latest focus, billboards opposing drone assassinations and US war crimes.

Billboards opposing drone wars
David Swanson - World Beyond War
Let's Try Democracy

SONG: Joan Baez, Whistle Down The Wind ... The Great Correction
SONG: Rhiannon Giddens ... Freedom Highway


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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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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.

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