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all Americans who are not in the wealthiest one percent of the
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 (classwars.org).
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
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GUEST: Steve Early, writer for the Jacobin, longtime union representative for the Communications Workers of America, and author of several books, discusses his latest one, Our Veterans: Winners, Losers, Friends and Enemies on the New Terrain of Veterans Affairs.
Our Veterans Duke University Press
Steve Early and Suzanne Gordon: Our Veterans
Jacobin articles by Steve Early
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, 2020 ... Beautiful World of Mine
SONG: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine Songs ... Universal Soldier
GUEST: Sleydo (Molly Wickham), spokesperson an Indigenous reoccupation site in British Columbia, talks about her people's resistance to the Coastal Gasoline pipeline. This interview is a replay from this spring.
The Unspoken Spread of Fascism
Gidimt’en Access Point
‘Gut-wrenching:’ Drilling starts under Wet’suwet’en river
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Chosen People
GUEST: Shahd, young Palestinian activist and
political writer living with her family in Gaza, talks about
her dangerous life and limited future caused by the Israeli
blockade and constant military assaults.
The blockade of Gaza
For Gaza Residents, Trauma and Pain Persist
Podcast: Childhood Under Occupation
SONG: One World ... Freedom for Palestine
SONG: Phil Ochs ... Cops of the World
GUEST: Hillary Walsh, award winning immigrant defense lawyer and adjunct law professor, talks about her career defending human rights in the Supreme Court of Nevada and the US Supreme Court.New Frontier law firm
Know Your Rights, National Immigration Law Center
The Rights of Immigrants - ACLU
SONG: Gabriele Kerner (Nena) ... 99 Red Balloons
SONG: Keb Mo ... Why I sing the Blues
GUEST: Brian P.J. Cronin, award winning environmental reporter for the Highlands Current in Beacon, NY, and adjunct professor of journalism at Marist College, talks about the troubling decommission of the area's nuclear power plant.
We do not dump to the river
Reactors are closing
Biden launches $6B effort to save distressed nuclear plants
GUEST: Melvin A. Goodman, author, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, former CIA analyst, and professor of international security at the Department of Defense's National War College, talks about the warmongering of Henry Kissinger.
Henry Kissinger: A Warmonger’s Lying Continues
the CIA’s long history of media manipulation
Containing the National Security State
SONG: Joan Baez ... Saigon Bride
SONG: Country Joe and the Fish ... I Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag
GUEST: Sonali Kolhatkar, journalist, activist, and host of Pacifica’s popular program "Rising Up With Sonali," talks about the recent election in Columbia and the declining influence of the US empire in all of Latin America.
Colombia, Once a Pro-U.S. Conservative Bastion, Turns Left
Rising Up With Sonali
Trader Joe’s Workers Join Movement to Unionize
SONG: Iris Dement ... Wasteland of the Free
SONG: Dave Hall, Places ... Jerusalem
GUEST: Tom Whitney Jr., retired pediatrician, political writer, member of the Let Cuba Live Committee of Maine as well as Maine Veterans For Peace, talks about why the US Cuban embargo must be lifted.
To Normalize US-Cuban Relations, Restore Working Embassies
U.S. Imperialists Deprive Cuba of Syringes That Are Needed Now
Letter to End the US Embargo
Crisis in Cuba Requires End of US Blockade Now
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, 2020 ... A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
SONG: Dick Gaughan ... When I'm Gone
EXTRA: Time to question the insanity of a war with Russia and China
GUEST: Lillian Cicerchia, socialist writer, organizer and postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at the Free University of Berlin, talks about her interview in Jacobin entitled: "Voting Harder Won’t Bring Back Roe."
Voting Harder Won’t Bring Back Roe
Lillian Cicerchia - Free University of Berlin
Jacobin articles by Lillian Cicerchia
SONG: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine Songs ... The War Racket
GUEST: Richard E. Rubenstein, Professor at George Mason University and former Director of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, talks about ways to negotiate an end to the Ukraine War.
Reaching a Just and Lasting Peace in Ukraine
Richard Rubenstein, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School
Rich Rubenstein's Blog
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Sitting Bull Protects Us
SONG: Greg Brown ... I Don't Want Your Millions Mister
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Some Favorite Lies
|And above all Fascism denies that
class-war can be the preponderant force in the transformation
|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
|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.
|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.
|There's class warfare, all right, but
it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're
|This [$700 billion bailout] was the
largest single act of class warfare in the modern history of
|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.
|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.
| 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
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.
|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.
45 years there has been a war in this country waged by the
corporate elite against the working class of America.
there is going to be class warfare in this country, it's about
time the working class won that war.
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.
look at the reality, neoliberalism translates as bitter class
war. That’s the meaning of it, everywhere you look, every
component of it.