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: Andy Pragacz, community radio producer (WBDY), teacher at SUNY Cortland, and a founding member of Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier (JUST), talks about changing the criminal justice system and ending mass incarceration.
No New Jails in New York State!
Here's what the prison reform bill actually does and doesn't do
Dialogue on criminal justice and opioid epidemic
SONG: Choir! Choir! Choir! ArtPower ... A Little Help From My Friends
GUEST: Seth Donnelly, educator, activist with the Haiti Action Committee, and author of the recently published book, The Lie of Global Prosperity: How Neoliberals Distort Data to Mask Poverty and Exploitation, talks about how rich countries rob the poor of the world.
The Lie of Global Prosperity - Monthly Review
The Lasalin Massacre and the Human Rights Crisis in Haiti
The Lie of Global Prosperity - Facebook
SONG: Patti Smith ... People have the Power
SONG: Charles Absher ... The Devil Is In Control
Enemies of the South, co-produced the critically acclaimed film, Speed Sisters and is the cinematographer of Naela and the Uprising. He is currently producing the feature documentary One Night in Tantura.
Naila and the Uprising: Official Trailer
Review: Naila and the Uprising
Talal Jabari, Creative Producer
What makes for a successful documentary?
SONG: Miriam Makeba ... Sophiatown Is Gone
SONG: Ellis Paul ... Election Day
GUEST: Helene Byrne, author, publisher, and public speaker, talks about her latest campaign to bring the nation together against gun violence, the Requiem and Remembrance Day,
National Sing-In Against Gun Violence on March 8, 2020
Singers Unite to Support Survivors of Gun Violence
Songs that deal with gun violence
SONG: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Medicine Songs ... Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
GUEST: Lisa Fithian, nonviolent trainer for the Battle of Seattle, the resistance after Hurricane Katrina, Occupy Wall Street, Standing Rock, and Ferguson, explores her fascinating career, and explains why Mother Jones describes her as “the nation’s best-known protest consultant."
Oct 4 at 6:30 pm. Talk and Book Signing by Lisa Fithian
Oct 5 at 6:00 pm. Talk and Book Signing by Lisa Fithian
Shut It Down: Stories From a Fierce, Loving Resistance
Them Against the World
SONG: Joe Glazer and Bill Friedland ... Joe McCarthy's Band
GUEST: Ramatu Ahmed, Executive Director of the African Life Center, Bronx, committee member of the U.S. National Council of Women and the Harlem Hospital’s Medina Clinic, talks about the Ghanaian community in New York City and the need for higher education for girls and adult women.
A Celebration of African Women
African Life Center - Facebook
Meet The 2018 Community Experts
SONG: Manu Dibango ... BIKO
SONG: Melanie ... I Don't Eat Animals
Once a year our host station, WVKR, has its fund drive. We aired a previous interview while we asked listeners to call 845 437-7178 and make a donation. Our guest was Krystal Two Bulls talking about Standing Rock and her experiences in the US military. I am glad we got to air it again; she is that good. So thanks to Krystal Two Bulls and to all the listeners who called in to support Activist Radio.
Krystal Two Bulls
WVKR 91.3 FM
SONG: Paul and Linda McCartney ... Give Ireland Back to the Irish
GUEST: Jasmine Banks, civil rights activist and Executive Director of the UnKoch My Campus campaign, talks about how the Koch brothers buy their way into college campuses to spread their right wing, racist ideology.
Why the Koch Brothers find higher education worth their money
Organizing against Koch influence on college campuses
UnKoch My Campus: Meet the Team
SONG: Lenape Water Healing Song ... Ceremonial water healing drum song, performed on July 8, 2017, at High Falls, Ulster County, NY
GUEST: David Heap, peace activist, teacher at University of Western Ontario, and co-founder of the Canadian Boat to Gaza campaign, talks about his visit to Gaza with Noam Chomsky, and about the continuing efforts to bring the suffering of two million Palestinians to a world audience.
Be Part Of The 2019 Freedom Flotilla For Gaza
Freedom Flotilla Boat
One year ago, Israel warships attacked "Al Awda"
Palestinian youth tell their stories
SONG: Fannie Lou Hammer, The Songs My Mother Taught Me ... This Little Light of Mine
GUEST: Chuck Kaufman, long time activist and editor of NicaNotes, a blog for those interested in Nicaragua, published by the Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice, talks about how the US suppresses popular movements for democracy in Latin America.
NicaNotes is a blog for Nicaragua activists
Russiagate McCarthyism Led to Internet Censorship
Alliance for Global Justice projects
SONG: Lowkey ... Obama Nation
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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.
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.