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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 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 the other ninety-nine percent?

Well, there is another way. The very rich can bankroll a fascist demagogue who then uses racial fears and hatreds to overcome any form of worker resistance. Mussolini and Hitler are examples of how this was done in the 1930s. Trump is, of course, the most dangerous demagogue of the 21st century. To understand how he has gotten this far, check out: "The Unspoken Spread of Fascism."

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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The show is also broadcast from WVKR, 91.3 FM at Vassar College every Thursday from 5 - 6 pm EST, and from WIOF, 104.1 FM in Woodstock, NY every Sunday from 4 - 5 pm EST. Listen to the podcast at any time by downloading the PodCruncher app. Our last ten programs can be heard by clicking on the dates to the right.

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 Nagel is a Vietnam Era veteran and political activist whose articles have appeared in CounterPunch, Global Exchange, LA Progressive, Mondoweiss, Peace & Planet News, Popular Resistance, and Z Magazine. He also hosts a show on Vassar College Radio, WVKR (


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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February 25

GUEST: Andrew Courtney, fine arts photographer, social justice activist, and teacher, who has documented life in Viet Nam, Central America, South Africa, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the streets of the United States, talks about his work in areas of the world struggling for survival, independence and self-determination.

Andrew Courtney Portraits and Social Networks

Andrew Courtney, Citizen Artist
Picture Stories, Photography by Andrew Courntey

SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Secularia ... Seculare
SONG: Kelsey Waldon ... Mississippe Goddam

February 18

GUEST: Michael Sussman, former Trial Attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and former Assistant General Counsel for the NAACP, talks about reforming police policies as well as his long career fighting racism and discrimination.

Attorneys and residents criticize police reform process
Sussman and Associates
End the New Jim Crow Action Network
Famed Civil Rights Attorney Runs for Attorney General as a Green

SONG: Phil Oaks ... I Ain't Marching Any More
SONG: Fred Nagel ... One Mile High

February 11

GUEST: Thom Hartmann, top rated progressive national and internationally syndicated talk show host and New York Times bestselling author of over 30 books, talks about his recently published work, The Hidden History of American Oligarchy - Reclaiming Our Democracy from The Ruling Class.

The Hidden History of American Oligarchy
The United States was born in a struggle against the oligarchs
Review of Thom Hartmann's new book
The Republican's Brutal Oligarchy Plot Is Dangerous

SONG: Nina Simone ... Backlash blues
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Sitting Bull Protects Us

February 4

GUEST: Dr. Caroline Janney, Professor of the American Civil War, Director of the John L. Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia, and author  of five books, talks about the power of "lost causes" and how our country can overcome racism and white nationalism.

History of the American Civil War
Dr. Caroline Janney
The Dark Familiarity of Trump's Lost Cause

SONG: Pete Seeger ... We Shall Overcome (written by Pete and others at the Highlander Folk School)
SONG: The Neville Brothers ... Sister Rosa

January 28

GUESTS: Leena Al-Arian, Executive Director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, and Zaira Abu Baker, the daughter of Shukri Abu Baker who was horrifically sentenced to 65 years for providing charity to Palestinians, talk about the criminal justice system's assault on Muslims families in the United States.

Demanding Justice for the Holy Land Five
Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Five
How U.S. government harasses Palestine solidarity activists

SONG: Richie Havens ... Freedom at Woodstock
SONG: Lindsey Wilson ... Just Like the Water

January 21

GUEST: Heather Hurwitz, Activist, lecturer of Sociology and feminist scholar at Case Western Reserve University and author of Are We the 99%? The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality, talks about what happened to Occupy and why the movement is still so important.

Heather Hurwitz on the lessons of Occupy
Are We the 99%?
Heather Hurwitz explores diversity and activism in new book

SONG: Harry Shearer ... 936 Lies That Led US to War
SONG: Pink Floyd ... Song for Palestine

January 14

GUEST: Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, long time radical feminist, revolutionary Pan-Africanist and church sista, who has been active in Al-Awda: Right of Return, the African Anti Zionist Front in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Black Alliance for Peace and the Green Party, talks about her role in fighting racism and injustice in the American empire.

The Black Alliance for Peace

War Against African/Black People in the U.S. and Abroad
Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition

SONG: Demi Lovato ... Commander in Chief
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Secularia ... In the Name of the Lord

January 7

GUEST: John Perry, writer living in Masaya, Nicaragua whose articles have appeared in FAIR, The Guardian UK,  the London Review of Books, and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, talks about the threat of US imperialism directed at Nicaragua.

Progressive Media Promoted a False Story
Opposition behind the violence in Nicaragua
US Senate launches attack on Nicaragua poverty programmes

SONG: Bosba Panh, The Art Cafe in Phnom Penh ... Blowin' in the Wind
SONG: Bob Dylan ... You Playboys and Playgirls

December 31

GUEST: Anne Ames, local activist and resident of Kingston, NY, co-founder of Wednesday Walk For Black Lives, and member of the End the New Jim Crow Action Network, talks about how she got involved in fighting racism and the prominent role of women in the movement.

Wednesday Walk for Black Lives
Wednesday Walk for Black Lives- Kingston (Facebook)
End the New Jim Crow Action Network

SONG: Fred Nagel ... Temples of Crude Oil
SONG: Yusuf / Cat Stevens ... Peace Train 03

December 24

GUEST: Dorothy Miller Zellner, former coeditor of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s newsletter, SNCC's former media relations person, and coeditor of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC talks about the Black liberation movement today and its connection to the campaign to free the Palestinian people.

Dorothy Zellner on SNCC Digital Gateway
Civil Rights History Project: Dorothy Zellner
Hands on the Freedom Plow on C-SPAN
Hands on the Freedom Plow on Amazon

SONG: John McCutcheon, Winter Solstice ... Christmas in the Trenches

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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. Free health care, daycare, and college tuition for all are simply unaffordable. (The most successful capitalist countries provide their citizens with all these benefits and much more.)
  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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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
For 45 years there has been a war in this country waged by the corporate elite against the working class of America.

Bernie Sanders
If there is going to be class warfare in this country, it's about time the working class won that war.

Bernie Sanders
The theft of public resources for the military and militarism domestically and abroad represent a one-sided class war waged on the working class in the U.S. The 6 trillion dollars spent on U.S. wars since 2003 are resources that could have been directed to address the increasing desperate plight of workers and poor people in the U.S.

Ajamu Baraka