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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: Donald Cohen, director of In the Public Interest, author of articles in the New York Times, LA Times, the New Republic and the Huffington Post, talks about his latest book, The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back.
The Privatization of Everything
Public Seminar - Donald Cohen
In The Public Interest
Donald Cohen - Huffpost
PRESENTE! We remember Chuck Kaufman, grass roots organizer and cofounder of Alliance for Global Justice, talking about his life's work, confronting US imperialism, neoliberalism and oppression in Latin America.
The Alliance for Global Justice
Venezuela’s Recent Progress and Political Advances
Legendary Sandinista Leader Inaugurated as President
SONG: Steve Earle, Jerusalem ... Amerika v6.0
SONG: Eddie Vedder, Imagine (Benefit for Heartbeat.fm) ... Imagine
GUEST: Ted Snider, an analyst of U.S. foreign policy, columnist at AntiWar.com, and frequent contributor to Truthout and Mondoweiss, talks about the dangers and lies of America's New Cold War.
Ted Snider on Mondoweiss
Electing Biden: One Year Later
US Government and Media Conceal Reality of Venezuela
What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Cuba & Venezuela
SONG: Barbara Dane, and the Chambers Brothers, Barbara Dane & The Chambers Brothers ... It Isn't Nice
SONG: Holly Near with Emma's Revolution, We Came to Sing! ... Study War No More
GUEST: Matthew Hoh, US Marine veteran with two deployments to Iraq, former Department of Defense and State Department war analyst, and contributing writer for the Guardian, the Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, talks about the US military empire and why it remains addicted to war.Nearly 3/4 of the world’s dictators receive US weapons
Veteran Matthew Hoh on the Imperial Agenda Under Biden
Former USMC Captain and State Department Officer
SONG: Jim Page, Collateral Damage ... Who Are They and Why Do They Hate Us?
Voices for peace in the Holy Land, a compilation of discussions and music for the holidays. Hear the views of Noam Chomsky, Yonatan Shapira and others.
SONG: John McCutcheon, Live At Wolf Trap in 1990 ... Christmas In The Trenches
SONG: Roy Zimmerman, Peacenick ... Buy War Toys for Christmas
SONG: Rosalie Sorrels, Live at the Great American Music Hall ... Hot-Buttered Rum
Ideological Hegemony and Higher Education
The University as 'Contested Terrain'
SONG: Pete Seeger, Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3 ... Bring Them Home (If You Love Your Uncle Sam)
SONG: Steve Earle, Washington Square Serenade ... Steve's Hammer (For Pete)
GUEST: Brian Robinson, criminal justice reform activist, CEO of Equitable Future Inc, and member of the End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN), discusses decarceration on the local and state levels.
Coalition takes on mass incarceration
Standing in Solidarity with Decarcerate the Hudson Valley
Anti-police group issues controversial report
SONG: The Kavaliers ... Get That Communist, Joe
SONG: Lemon and Limes ... Killer Robots
Dick Gaughan, Handful of Earth ... The World Turned Upside Down
GUEST: Phillip Pantuso, award-winning journalist, editor of the new weekly magazine, The River, and contributing writer for The Guardian, The New York Times, and Yes! Magazine, talks about publishing local news and articles that break the conservative mold.
About Us - Our Mission
Articles in The River
SONG: Robert Scullin, S.J., And It's So Clear ... El Salvador
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, The Nocturne Diaries ... Eliza Jane
GUEST: Brian Willson, Viet Nam veteran, lawyer, and current resident of Nicaragua, talks about the recent elections there and why the US empire is trying to overthrow President Ortega and the Sandinista Revolution.
As Nicaragua Resists Regime Change
Nicanotes: The Revolution Won't Be Stopped
Brian Willson - Wikipedia
S. Brian Willson
SONG: Joe Glazer and Bill Friedland ... Joe McCarthy's Band
SONG: Party In The CIA ... Weird Al Yankovic
GUEST: Anas Amireh, Palestinian/American activist and organizer of the coalition to boycott Duty Free Americas, talks about how this US company is funding the settler movement which is forcing Palestinians from their homes and land in the West Bank.
Middlemen sell Jerusalem homes to settlers
Boycott Duty Free Americas
Campaign to boycott Duty Free Americas
SONG: State Radio ... Fall of the American Empire
SONG: Irfan Makki ... Palestine
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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.