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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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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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October 14

GUESTS: Dr. Andrew Meade, director of the Office of International Services at Vassar College and co-founder of the Vassar Haiti Project, talks about project's goals, both on campus and in the surrounding community. We also have co-founder and executive director of the VHP, Lila Meade.

Vassar Haiti Project
Inhumane treatment and recent deportations of Haitians
Haiti Action Committee

SONG: Fred Nagel ... Temples of Crude Oil
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Secularia ... In the Name of the Lord

October 7

GUEST: Jonathan Moore, senior partner in a New York law firm who has been seeking to end stop-and-frisk abuses as well as to hold the US chemical companies liable for the harm caused Vietnamese nationals by Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. We talk about some of the cases he has worked on to achieve justice for clients who have been injured or harmed by the police, the FBI or the US military.

Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign
Jonathan C. Moore
Agent Orange use led to class-action lawsuit

SONG: Fred Nagel ... Temples of Crude Oil
SONG: David Bromberg ... Diggin' in the Deep Blue Sea

September 30

GUEST: John Shipton, political activist, citizen of Australia, and the father of Julian Assange, talks about the campaign to free his son from the grips of Belmarsh Prison and the possible extradition to the United States.

Julian Assange’s father and brother
“Until We Win” Assange’s Father John Shipton
The US diplomatic assurances are inherently unreliable

NOTE: Interview was done two days before the CIA plot to assassinate Assange was reported.

SONG: J B Lenoir ... Shot on James Meredith
SONG: Julie Parisi Kirby, In Her Dream ... World That's Safe

September 23

GUEST: Murtaza Hussain, reporter at The Intercept who focuses on national security and foreign policy, and has appeared on CNN, BBC, and MSNBC, talks about The Fort Dix Five, and how young Muslim men were entrapped by the FBI.

Murtaza Hussain is a reporter at The Intercept
Post-9/11 Stings Targeted People Who Posed No Threat.
Secret Donors to Nonprofit pushing Trump's "Big Lie"

SONG: Woody Guthrie ... All You Fascists Bound To Lose
SONG: Arlo Guthrie ... The Pause of Mr. Claus

September 16

GUEST: Isis Benitez, community activist with End the New Jim Crow, member of the Healthy Black and Latinx Coalition, and former Liberty Partnership scholarship recipient, talks about why local policing must to be changed and how the community's needs can better be served.

6 reasons why it’s time to defund the police
A one-stop-shop for organizers and advocates
7 myths about “defunding the police” debunked
Our local End the New Jim Crow Action Network

SONG: David Rovics ... Jenin
SONG: Holly Near, We Came to Sing ... 1000 Grandmothers

September 9

GUEST: Dr. Arnold Matlin. retired pediatrician and long time political activist in solidarity with the Nicaraguan Revolution since the 1980s, talks about the need to defend Sandinista gains from US imperial interventions.

NicaNotes: Hands off Nicaragua!
Hero of the Revolution
A Different Focus on Nicaragua
Two progressive viewpoints on current Nicaraguan reality

SONG: John Lennon ... Attica
SONG: Bruce Cockburn ... Nicaragua

September 2

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 latest work, The Hidden History of American Healthcare, Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich.

The Hidden History of American Healthcare

Thom Hartmann Program on YouTube
Healthcare: Let's Have People over Profits Once And For All

SONG: Tom Paxton, Ain't That News ... Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation
SONG: Dan Bull ... America

August 26

GUEST: Dr. Jerry Lembcke, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the College of Holy Cross, researcher on media and myth-making, and co-author of the new book, Dissenting POWs, From Vietnam’s Hoa Lo Prison to America Today.

Monthly Review, An Independent Socialist Magazine
Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing
Jerry Lembcke - College of the Holy Cross
Dissenting POWs - NY Press

SONG: Dolly Parton, The Most Perfect Album ... A Woman's Right
SONG: Tom Paxton ... George W. Told the Nation

August 19

GUEST: Robert Roth, activist in the Central America solidarity movement, organizer for various campaigns to free political prisoners in the US, and co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee, talks about colonialism and how our media covers it up.

Haiti Action Committee
Robert Roth (activist)
Building Solidarity with Haiti’s Popular Movement

SONG: Mats Paulson ... Should I Ever Be A Soldier
SONG: Nanci Griffith, The Dust Bowel Symphony ... It's a Hard Life

August 12

GUEST: Dr. Larry Wittner, early civil rights and anti-apartheid activist, author of several books, and Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany, talks about his new article in Counterpunch, "Nationalism on the Decline."

Nationalism on the Decline
Profile of Lawrence S. Wittner
Major powers increase military spending despite diseases and poverty

SONG: Public Enemy ... Gotta Give The Peeps What They Need
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Land of Plenty We Left Behind

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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