to ClassWars, the home of Activist Radio, a weekly program for all
Americans who are not in the wealthiest one percent of the US
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 at home 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 ninety-nine percent?
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.
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
Dahr Jamail and Gary
Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger
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GUEST: Dr. Nancy Murray, former director of education at the ACLU of Massachusetts, author of the book Palestinians: Life Under Occupation, and co-founder of the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, talks about her over 20 trips to the West Bank and Gaza, and her evolving sense of what justice for Palestinians means.
Water Justice in Palestine
Farming while Palestinian: a World Water Day outrage
Giving Voice To Those Whom Israel Relentlessly Demonizes
SONG: Queers for Justice in Palestine ... Yes BDS
GUEST: Jon Bowermaster, writer, long time National Geographic filmmaker, and host of the Green Radio Hour, talks about the climate crisis and other environmental issues impacting the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Oceans 8 Films
Visiting Lecturer in Environmental and Urban Studies
A Living River
SONG: Anne Feeney ... Brave New Christmas
SONG: Barbara Dane & Lightnin' Hopkins, Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me ... Don't You Push Me Down
EXTRA: Sign a petition in support of Vassar Students for Justice in Palestine. Two of its members are facing disciplinary action for protesting a talk by an IDF commander and extreme Zionist with a long history of racist statements about Palestinians. Please read the petition and add your name.
GUEST: Tom Midgley, long time activist and former president of the Alliance@IBM workers' group, talks about how IBM has dealt with its workers over the past several decades, putting profits over the interests of its American employees.
IBM cuts nearly 700 jobs in Dutchess County
Sometimes People Don't Realize They Are Training Their Replacement
Ageism for the Over-50 Crowd Means Longer Layoffs, Less Pay
SONG: Bright Eyes ... When the President Talks to God
GUEST: Rick Ufford-Chase, peace activist and Moderator of the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, and Susan Smith, a Muslim member of Jewish Voice for Peace, talk about the November 12 International Symposium on Migration and Border Solidarity at the at the Westchester Ethical Culture Society in White Plains, NY.
International Sanctuary Principles Statement
International Symposium on Migration & Border Solidarity
Middle East Crisis Response
SONG: Ed Pickford ... Whistleblower We Need You
SONG: Tom Neilson ... Gaza
GUEST: Zohar Chamberlain Regev, an Israeli citizen and human rights activist who was on the Freedom Flotilla ship Al Awda when it attempted to break the blockade of Gaza, talks about growing up in Israel, and resisting the apartheid state from her new home in Spain.
Freedom Flotilla Sails Again
Israeli Activist Who Grew Up In A Kibbutz
Israeli woman fights for Palestinians
Freedom Flotilla Coalition Boat Leader of Al Awda
SONG: Randy Abel ... The Workingman's Song by the "Puddler Poet," Michael McGovern
GUEST: S. Shankar, Chair of the English Department at the University of Hawaii, novelist, and translator with an interest in postcolonial literature, talks about the US caste system and how it compares to India's rigid social hierarchy. His most recent book is Ghost In The Tamarind.
Does America have a caste system?
Isn’t It Time for a Politics of Frugality?
Ghost in the Tamarind: A Novel
SONG: Victor Jara ... Prayer to a Worker
Rise up and look at your hands,
to grow, hold it out to your brother.
Together we will go united in blood,
now and at the hour of our death.
GUEST: Andy Pragacz, community radio producer (WBDY), teacher at SUNY Cortland, and a founding member of Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier (JUST), talks about changing the criminal justice system and ending mass incarceration.
No New Jails in New York State!
Here's what the prison reform bill actually does and doesn't do
Dialogue on criminal justice and opioid epidemic
SONG: Choir! Choir! Choir! ArtPower ... A Little Help From My Friends
GUEST: Seth Donnelly, educator, activist with the Haiti Action Committee, and author of the recently published book, The Lie of Global Prosperity: How Neoliberals Distort Data to Mask Poverty and Exploitation, talks about how rich countries rob the poor of the world.
The Lie of Global Prosperity - Monthly Review
The Lasalin Massacre and the Human Rights Crisis in Haiti
The Lie of Global Prosperity - Facebook
SONG: Patti Smith ... People have the Power
SONG: Charles Absher ... The Devil Is In Control
Enemies of the South, co-produced the critically acclaimed film, Speed Sisters and is the cinematographer of Naela and the Uprising. He is currently producing the feature documentary One Night in Tantura.
Naila and the Uprising: Official Trailer
Review: Naila and the Uprising
Talal Jabari, Creative Producer
What makes for a successful documentary?
SONG: Miriam Makeba ... Sophiatown Is Gone
SONG: Ellis Paul ... Election Day
GUEST: Helene Byrne, author, publisher, and public speaker, talks about her latest campaign to bring the nation together against gun violence, the Requiem and Remembrance Day,
National Sing-In Against Gun Violence on March 8, 2020
Singers Unite to Support Survivors of Gun Violence
Songs that deal with gun violence
SONG: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine Songs ... Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
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Some Favorite Lies
|And above all Fascism denies that class-war
can be the preponderant force in the transformation of society.
|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.
|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
|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 winning.
|This [$700 billion bailout] was the largest
single act of class warfare in the modern history of this
|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 population.
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
|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
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.