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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 often 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
Listen to recent showsYou can also right click on the date to read your browser's other options. Listening in iTunes works nicely if that is available.
June 1GUEST: Ahmad Abuznaid, executive director at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, talks about the worldwide movement to end apartheid in the Holy Land.
Palestine in America
Doing Critical Work to Advocate for Palestinian Rights
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
SONG: Anne Feeney, Have You Been to Jail for Justice? ... For Gene Debs
SONG: Roy Zimmerman, Real American ... Socialist!
May 25GUEST: Sa'ed Zboun, Arabic teacher at Bethlehem University and one of the founders of the Aida Youth Center, located in a refugee camp in the West Bank, talks about how Palestinians survive the daily violence, trauma and humiliation directed at them.
The Aida Youth Center
Aida Youth Center in Aida Refugee Camp
SONG: Lil Baby ... The Bigger Picture
SONG: George Bush Singers, War in Iraq
May 18GUESTS: Lea and Yakov Pipman, long time residents and citizens of Israel, talk about advocating for Palestinian rights and of Matzpen, the revolutionary socialist and anti-Zionist organization founded 1962.
Matzpen, Anti Zionist Israelis
The Socialist Organization in Israel
SONG: Freedom Singers ... We Are Soldiers in the Army
SONG: Joann Chamberlain ... The Poor Will
May 11GUESTS: Two organizers of the Bard College Students for Justice in Palestine, discuss the difficulties and successes they have had in promoting Palestinian rights on campus.
Bard students exonerated
Bard SJP on Instagram
National Students for Justice in Palestine
SONG: Bloodrock, Vietnam War Song Project ... Thank You Daniel Ellsberg
SONG: David Crosby, American Dream ... Nighttime For the Generals
May 4GUEST: Joshua Frank, Managing Editor of CounterPunch and the author of Atomic Days: The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America, talks about the catastrophic dangers of the largest plutonium site in the US.
The Cold War’s Lingering Nuclear Threat
Atomic Days: The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America
Will the West Turn Ukraine into a Nuclear Battlefield?
SONG: Blackkklansman ... Freedom Ride
SONG: The Loftus Party ... The FBI song
April 27GUEST: Ona Zene Yeshitela, President of African People's Education and Defense Fund, and Deputy Chair of the African People's Socialist Party, talks about FBI terrorism and repression directed at the Uhuru movement.
The Grayzone's Aaron Mate and Max Blumenthal
Members of the Uhuru Movement are charged in a Russian plot
Hands Off Uhuru, Hands Off Africa
SONG: Sounds of Blackness ... Kwanzaa-Umoja-Uhuru
SONG: Tracy Chapman, Where You Live ... America
April 20GUEST: Michael Klare, professor emeritus of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, founder of the Committee for a Sane U.S.-China Policy, and frequent writer on TomDispatch, talks about the hidden reasons behind US militarism in Asia.
Pentagon's Version of the World Is Not the World
Is War with China Inevitable?
Creating a Hypersonic Pentagon Budget
SONG: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Rewind!, Vol. 4 ... This Land Is Our Land
SONG: Ry Cooder, Election Special ... Take Your Hands Off It
April 13GUEST: Cassandra Dixon, long time peace and justice activist who spends a month each year in occupied Palestine, protecting school children from settler violence, talks about the physical attack and hospitalization that she endured recently.
Expert condemn Israeli violence in occupied West Bank
Stone-throwing Settlers Terrorize Palestinian Children
Israeli settlers attack children in Palestine
SONG: Peter Gabriel ... Steven Biko
SONG: Paul Robinson ... Joe Hill
April 6GUEST: Sarahana Shrestha, first generation immigrant from Nepal, surprise winner of a race for NY state Assembly, and committed social justice reformer, talks about how the very rich and their corporations try to roll back any progress in meeting social needs.
Tax the rich, says freshman assembly member
Michael Bloomberg Has Found a New $5 Million Cause
Hochul defends outside support, Bloomberg money pours in
SONG: Bob Dylan ... Emmett Till
SONG: Lowkey ... The Death of Neoliberalism
March 30GUEST: Joanna Schwartz, Professor of Law at UCLA and one of the country's leading experts on police misconduct litigation, whose writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, talks about the difficulty of holding police accountable. Her new book is Shielded, How the Police Became Untouchable.
Police are 'shielded' from repercussions of their abuse
To Understand Police Reform, Law Professor Joined The Force
Joanna C. Schwartz, Professor of Law
SONG: Cisco Houston, The Very Best Of ... Passing Through
SONG: Lowkey ... Free Assange
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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.
I'm finding out there's just one kind of war.
It's the one going on 'tween the rich and the poor.
I guess that I don't know a lot about class,
But the upper and middle can all kiss my ass.