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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: 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
GUEST: Emma Kaplan, organizer for Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, member of NYC Revolution Club, and follower of Bob Avakian and the new communism, talks about the Democratic Party and cowardice in a Post-Roe world.
Democrats’ Cowardice and Complicity in the Post-Roe World
Street Protest and Voting Both Essential to Win Back Reproductive Rights
CPUSA and YCL march for abortion rights and LGBTQ equality
SONG: Ewan MacColl ... Ballad of Ho Chi Minh
SONG: Cyndi Lauper ... Sally’s Pigeons
GUEST: Michael Knox, Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida, Chair of the US Peace Memorial Foundation, and Editor of the US Peace Registry, talks about achieving peace through honoring our nation's peacemakers.
World Beyond War
US Peace Memorial Foundation
US Peace Prize Recipients
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, The Nocturne Diaries ... World Without End
SONG: Roger Waters ... Another Brick in the Wall
GUEST: Lawrence Wilkerson, retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, talks about NATO, US military bases and our current dangerous drift towards war.
Ukraine, NATO, and the US: The History and the Problems
Base Nation Official Book Website
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne ... Before the Deluge
SONG: Roger Waters ... Ukraine
GUEST: Sudip Bhattacharya, Political Education Committee of the NJ Democratic Socialists of America, and political writer for CounterPunch, New Politics, Reappropriate (Asian American LGBTQIA+ identity) and The Aerogram, talks about the US left and empire.
The U.S. Left and Empire
Sudip Bhattacharya in CounterPunch
The Black Left Tradition: Its Enduring Lessons and Insights
SONG: Pete Seeger, Young vs. Old ... Ballad of the Fort Hood Three
SONG: Bonnie Lockhart ... Carbon Keeps Rising
GUEST: Rashida Tyler, Founder of The REAL Kingston Tenants Union and Board Member of Citizen Action of New York, talks about "Losing Our Homes: the Destruction of Community, Culture and Identity." This from a Zoom organized by Mideast Crisis, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Activist Radio.
Ulster Immigrant Defense Network
The REAL Kingston Tenants Union
Hunger Action Network
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Roses At the End of Time ... 2153
SONG: Otis Gibbs, Mount Renraw ... Sputnik Monroe
GUEST: Henry Giroux, Professor at McMaster University, internationally renowned writer, lecturer and cultural critic, and co-editor of a series on education with Paulo Freire, talks about neoliberalism's assault on our nation's youth.
The War on Youth in the Age of Fascist Politics
Pedagogy of Resistance: Against Manufactured Ignorance
Henry Giroux on Counterpunch
SONG: Bob Dylan, Murder Most Foul
SONG: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel sing, ... The Sun is Burning
GUEST: Jordan Smith, award winning investigative journalist and Senior Reporter for The Intercept, talks about her extensive research into the "junk science" used by the criminal justice system to convict innocent people.
Jordan Smith at the Intercept
Other Mississippi exonerations
Why It's So Hard To Rid the Courts of Junk Science
SONG: Joan Baez, The Best of Joan Baez ... Last Night I had the Strangest Dream
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Roses At the End of Time ... Once I Had a Home
GUEST: Becca Renk, sustainable community organizer for the Nicaraguan Jubilee House Community and its project, the Ciudad Sandino - the Center for Development in Central America, talks about her work in bringing the revolution to a larger audience.
Alliance for Global Justice
The Casa Ben Linder
Light & Legacy: Ben Linder’s Work Continues
SONG: The Highwomen ... Highwomen
SONG: David Bromberg ... Diggin' in the Deep Blue Sea
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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.