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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 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
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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May 28

GUEST: Dr. Oliver Fein, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Public Health at the Weill Cornell Medical College and Chair of the Board of the NY Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, talks about how COVID has changed the national healthcare debate.

PNHP NY Metro Chapter
The Free Market Working for the Health Industry?
We will need a public sector revolution to recover

SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Beautiful World ... Runaway Train

May 21

GUEST: Cody O'Rourke, human rights activist in the West Bank and communications coordinator for the Good Shepherd Collective, talks about his organizations commitment to exposing apartheid and ending the occupation of Palestine.  

Good Shepherd Collective
Um Al Khair - Facebook
Palestinians Injured as Jewish Settlers Storm Villages
Defund the Hebron Fund

SONG: Nina Simone, Nina Simone Sings the Blues ... Backlash Blues

May 14

GUEST: Tunde Ebho, South African student and member of the Africa Team of the Black Alliance for Peace, talks about his work on connecting U.S. foreign interventions and the domestic war on African people and other oppressed groups.

US Out of Africa! Shut Down AFRICOM

Fred Hampton on revolution and racism
Pentagon's Own Map of US Bases in Africa
People?s Congress of Resistance

SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Your Town Tonight ... Tender Mercies

May 7

GUEST: Larry Wittner, political activist, author, and prominent American historian, talks about how wealth inequality and militarism make a country's citizens less happy and less willing to work together for the common good.

World?s major military and economic powers lack happiness
Lawrence Wittner
Materialism and Militarism: De Tocqueville

SONG: Mavis Staples, We'll Never Turn Back ...  We Shall Not Be Moved

April 30

GUEST: Jasmine Rand, civil rights activist and attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, talks about using the law to overcome racism in the criminal justice system.

Speaking to the World
Getting killed by police leading cause of death for young Blacks
Jasmine Rand in the Huffpost
Jasmine Rand Interviewed About Case on Democracy Now!

SONG: John Prine ... That's How Every Empire Falls

April 23

GUEST: Shannon Wong, activist and director of the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, talks about the role of racism in the attempts to sabotage recent bail reform legislation.

Is Bail Reform a Bust?
My view: Legal reforms will make New York a more just state
Shannon Wong

SONG: Davinchi ... The Slaughter
SONG: A Tribe Called Red ... The Virus Ft. Saul Williams, Chippewa Traveler's

April 16

GUEST: Mike Davis, Professor Emeritus at University of California at Riverside, a MacArthur Fellow, author of numerous books, and an editor of the New Left Review, talks about Coronavirus and capitalism.

Mike Davis on Coronavirus: ?In a Plague Year?
The Coronavirus Crisis Is a Monster Fueled by Capitalism
The Dig: Mike Davis on Coronavirus Politics
Mike Davis (scholar) From Wikipedia

Fight Covid not Venezuela (sign Code Pink petition)

SONG: Kazzey ... My Tribute Song for Fidel Castro "La Revolucion"

April 9

GUEST: Sam Lewis, writer, union organizer, and member of Democratic Socialists of America, talks about the breakdown of American society under neoliberalism and COVID-19, and what might come from the collapse of public trust.

If the Left Wants to Win Elections
Organize or Die
Sam Lewis - Jacobin

SONG: Nina Simone ... Strange Fruit

April 2

GUEST: Nora Barrows-Friedman, associate editor at The Electronic Intifada, and the author of "In Our Power: US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine" (Just World Books, 2014), talks about Bard College's disciplinary proceedings against students who spoke out against a racist speaker on campus.

Bard students cleared of false charges
Will Bard students face punishment over protest?
LGBTQ filmmakers boycott Tel Aviv film fest

MLK at The Riverside Church April 4, 1967

SONG: Mavis Staples ... MLK Song

March 26

GUEST: Phillip Martin, Senior Investigative Reporter for WGBH News, talks about his new series, Caste In America, that delves into the prejudice and discrimination that continues to the present day in India as well as the United States and Canada.

Phillip Martin
Suraj's Shadow: Wherever He Goes, His Caste Follows
WGBH News? Phillip Martin Travels To India

SONG: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine Songs ... No No Keshagesh

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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