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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GUESTS: Emily Yamasaki and Nga Bul, members of Radical Women, the National Comrades of Color Caucus, and the Freedom Socialist Party, talk about the psychology of oppression and the NYC Campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board.
Radical Women - U.S. on Facebook
Emily Woo Yamasaki, Asian-American activist and queer feminist
The Radical Women Manifesto
Freedom Socialist Party
Campaign for an Elected Civilian Review Board
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, 2020 ... Sooner or Later
GUEST: Shaina Low, U.S. Advocacy Officer at Defense for Children International - Palestine and former Development Coordinator for The Freedom Theater in Jenin, talks about police abuse and HR 2407, the "No Way To Treat a Child" Act.
Defense of Children International - Palestine
Minnesota cops 'trained by Israeli forces in restraint techniques'
The knee-on-neck, long a staple of Israel’s occupation
Rep. Delgado, please sponsor HR 2407
Justice, equality and human rights for children - Sign Petition
GUEST: Jeff Mikkelson, researcher and grassroots healthcare activist, talks about the campaign to get his town, Phillipstown, to pass a resolution supporting the New York State Health Act.
What is the New York Health Act?
What Happened to NY Plans for Single-Payer Health Care?
New York Is Still A Long Way From Universal Health Care
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, 2020 ... Sooner or Later
GUEST: Felice Gelman, political activist with Middle East Crisis, JVP - Hudson Valley, and board member of the US Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, talks about efforts to get Representative Antonio Delgado to cosponsor HR 2407, a bill that would prohibit the use of certain foreign-assistance funds to support the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill treatment of children in violation of international humanitarian law.
Sign a petition asking Rep. Delgado to cosponsor HR 2407
ZOOM panel on Black and Palestinian youths in the US and Israel
Arrested for Being Black (13 min)
Detaining Dreams (21 min)
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, 2020 ... Peace in Our Hearts
GUEST: Omar Ocampo, researcher at the Institute for Policy Studies, and co-author of the IPS study “Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes, and Pandemic Profiteers,” talks about the implications of a neoliberal endgame for the American Empire.
Billionaire Bonanza 2020
Omar is a researcher on Inequality and the Common Good
How America's rich have turned pandemic into profit
SONG: Abdullah Rolle ... Children of War
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
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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.