to ClassWars, the home of Activist Radio, a weekly program for
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
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GUEST: Yakov Pipman, long time Israeli citizen who fought as an IDF soldier for three wars, talks about winning Palestinian human rights and the history of Matzpen, the revolutionary socialist movement in Israel.Matzpen, Israeli peace movement
Anti Zionist Israelis. full film with English subtitles
Wikipedia on Matzpen
SONG: Kirk Franklin ... Are You Listening?
SONG: David Rovics ... As the Bombs Rain Down
GUEST: Ann Larson, antipoverty activist and contributor to the anthology, "Going for Broke: Living on the Edge in the World's Richest Country," talks about how the poorly paid get by in a country designed for the billionaire class.
Ann Larson: The Cashier Philosopher
To the Corporate Media, Workers May as Well Not Exist
Economic Hardship Reporting Project
SONG: David Rovics ... Wounded Child With No Surviving Family
SONG: Jim Page, Collateral Damage ... Collateral Damage
GUEST: Rahul Kumar, high school activist and founder of Poughkeepsie 4 Palestine, talks about how his generation is organizing local rallies and public speak outs against the genocide in Gaza, and the warmongering of our political elites.
Rally in Poughkeepsie, NY
Free Palestine rally held in Newburgh
Poughkeepsie 4 Palestine
SONG: Jim Page, Collateral Damage ... My American Name
SONG: Jim Page, Collateral Damage ... Long Corner Turning
GUEST: Michael Zweig, author of the newly published book, Class, Race, and Gender: Challenging the Injuries and Divisions of Capitalism, talks about the uprisings against the wealthy elites who run our state.Class, Race, and Gender
NPR Roundtable review
BOOK TALK: Class, Race, and Gender
SONG: Jim Page, Collateral Damage ... Palestine
SONG: Jim Page ... I'd Rather Be Dancing
GUEST: Shahd, young Palestinian activist and political writer living with her family in Gaza, is now missing and perhaps one of the tens of thousands murdered by the Israeli state.UPDATE: Shahd is still alive and reporting on Gaza!
Egyptian officials are demanding a massive ransom
The long walk to Palestine’s freedom
SONG: Nancy Griffith & Lucinda Williams, The Dust Bowl Symphony ... It's a Hard Life
SONG: Nancy Griffith & Lucinda Williams ... Wings of a Dove
GUEST: Raz, Jordanian/Palestinian researcher and artist, talks about being part of the diaspora, and how views about the US and its commitment to human rights are changing in light of the Israeli genocide in Gaza.
Urge ICJ to invite journalists covering the war in Gaza
Middle East Crisis Response
Reality and Reflection Mazin Qumsiyeh
SONG: Black Bird Dread ... We Are All Palestinians
SONG: David Rovics ... Famine & Disease
GUEST: Peter Dolack, writer for the Systemic Disorder Blog and author of "It's Not Over: Learning from the Socialist Experiment" talks about COP28 and how Big Oil will bring us all down.
Thanks for all the hamburgers
It’s Not Over: Learning From the Socialist Experiment
What Do We Need Bosses For?
SONG: Bruce Cockburn, Stealing Fire ... Nicaragua
SONG: David Bromberg ... Diggin' in the Deep Blue Sea
GUEST: Alexis Stoumbelis, long time activist and Executive Director of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), talks about the long history of US corporate interests that have frustrated the will of the people for democracy.
Message from El Salvador: our support
Joint Statement on Bukele
SONG: Ry Cooder ... Guantanamo
SONG: Yoko Ono ... War Zone
GUEST: Walden Bello, Internationally known scholar and activist, Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award takes a close look at how some societies transition from democracy to fascism.
From Bin Laden to Gaza
SONG: Anne Feeney ... Rich Man's House
GUEST: Michael Smith, author, attorney, former board
member of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and cohost
of the radio show Law and Disorder, talks about Zionism,
antisemitism, and the genocide in Gaza.
Law and Disorder Radio
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Chosen People
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Palestine On My Mind
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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.