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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
Dahr Jamail and Gary
Fred and Gary with Pete Seeger
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GUEST: Jim Keys, filmmaker, cultural activist and guerrilla muralist from Derry, Northern Ireland, talks about the history of the "Troubles" and how the Irish people resisted colonial racism and oppression.
2021: a century of Ireland divided
Counterinsurgency in the Middle East and American Cities
Ireland's Police Faces Backlash for Cooperation With Israel
SONG: Anne Feeney, Have You Been to Jail for Justice? ... The Rich Man's House
SONG: Paul Brady ... The Island
GUEST: Chuck Collins, author, activist and Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks about his most recent book, The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Spend Millions to Hide Trillions.
The Wealth Hoarders by Chuck Collins
Chuck Collins at Institute for Policy Studies
Remembering Bill Gates Sr.
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Roses At the End of Time
SONG: Woody Guthrie, This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings Vol. 1 ... This Land Is Your Land
GUEST: Michael Mark Cohen, Associate Teaching Professor of American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, author of The Conspiracy of Capital: Law, Violence and American Popular Radicalism in the Age of Monopoly," and the creator of the website cartooningcapitalism.com, talks about the role of political cartoons in exposing the kleptocracy.
Michael Mark Cohen
The Conspiracy of Capital
SONG: Black Lives Matter Song ... Stand Up
SONG: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine Songs ... Disinformation
GUEST: Nick Alexandrov, teacher, activist and author of articles in Counerpunch Magazine, Asia Times, History News Network, Pakistan Today, Truthout and CovertAction Magazine, talks about the recent history of Somalia with a focus on US bombings and invasions.
Covert Action Magazine
U.S. Imperialism and Africa’s “Perfect Storm”
AFRICOM says they left Somalia, activists tell the truth
US Military Bases Are Key Pieces of the Global War Machine
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Beautiful World ... Runaway Train
SONG: Ilyas Mao Ft. Saabik ... Somalia Toso
GUEST: Felice Gelman, human rights activist with Middle East Crisis Response, JVP - Hudson Valley, and board member of the US Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, talks the Freedom2Boycott NYS Coalition, and the fight to maintain freedom of speech when it comes to boycotting apartheid Israel.
BDS List - Facebook
BDS Movement, freedom, justice, equality
Palestine Legal: 10 things to know about anti-boycott laws
May Day concert: Tom Morello, Olmeca to Boycott Wendy’s
SONG: Uriah Heep, Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble ... Come Away Melinda
SONG: Roger Waters ... We Shall Overcome
GUEST: Nada El-Eryan, board member for the DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival and Managing Director of Eyewitness Palestine, a nonprofit that provides educational tours of the Holy Land, talks about Palestinian feminism and the emerging concept of human rights for all people.
Eyewitness Palestine: Journeys for Justice
Whose Feminism? Palestine’s Feminism
Eyewitness Palestine - Facebook
SONG: Paul Robeson ... Song of Freedom
SONG: Tracy Chapman, Crossroads ... Subcity
GUEST: Rebecca Bailin, activist, community organizer and Campaign Manager for the Invest In Our New York Campaign, talks about raising billions for education, jobs, housing and healthcare by taxing the very richest of New Yorkers.
Pass the Invest in Our New York Act
Time to tax the rich in New York
Is New York Finally Ready to Tax the Rich?
SONG: Letta Mbulu ... Carry On
SONG: Tracy Chapman, Masters of the Heart ... So
GUEST: Alex Lubin, Penn State professor of African American studies and former Director of the Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut, talks about his latest book, The Never Ending War on Terror.
Penn State African American Studies
Geographies of Liberation
Never-Ending War on Terror
SONG: Twice Thou, The Bank Attack ... Hush Money
SONG: Vuyo Sotashe from South African ... West Wind
GUEST: Jen Marlowe, award-winning author, documentary filmmaker and playwright, talks about her most recent film, "There Is a Field," and how Black actors help audiences understand the links between Black Lives Matter and Palestinian liberation.
Jen Marlowe at Just Vision
"There is a Field" now a film
SONG: State Radio, Year Of The Crow at the MoBoogie Loft ... Fall Of The American Empire
SONG: Ani DiFranco ... Pacifist Lament
GUEST: Felicia Eaves, long time human rights advocate, co-chair of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and Coordinator for American Muslims for Palestine, talks about her latest series of presentations focused on the longstanding solidarity between Black Lives Matter and Palestinian liberation.
Yalla Y'all | Episode 1 | w/ Prof. Alex Lubin
American Muslims for Palestine
Facebook, we need to talk
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Your Town Tonight ... Requiem
SONG: Hamish Imiach ... Didn't raise my son to be a soldier
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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.