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. 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
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
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
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
Materialism and Militarism: De Tocqueville
SONG: Mavis Staples, We'll Never Turn Back ... We Shall Not Be Moved
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
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
SONG: Davinchi ... The Slaughter
SONG: A Tribe Called Red ... The Virus Ft. Saul Williams, Chippewa Traveler's
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"
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
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
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.
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
|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.