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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.
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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: Andrew Courtney, fine arts photographer, social justice activist, and teacher, who has documented life in Viet Nam, Central America, South Africa, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the streets of the United States, talks about his work in areas of the world struggling for survival, independence and self-determination.
Andrew Courtney Portraits and Social Networks
Andrew Courtney, Citizen Artist
Picture Stories, Photography by Andrew Courntey
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Secularia ... Seculare
SONG: Kelsey Waldon ... Mississippe Goddam
GUEST: Michael Sussman, former Trial Attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and former Assistant General Counsel for the NAACP, talks about reforming police policies as well as his long career fighting racism and discrimination.
Attorneys and residents criticize police reform process
Sussman and Associates
End the New Jim Crow Action Network
Famed Civil Rights Attorney Runs for Attorney General as a Green
SONG: Phil Oaks ... I Ain't Marching Any More
SONG: Fred Nagel ... One Mile High
GUEST: Thom Hartmann, top rated progressive national and internationally syndicated talk show host and New York Times bestselling author of over 30 books, talks about his recently published work, The Hidden History of American Oligarchy - Reclaiming Our Democracy from The Ruling Class.
The Hidden History of American Oligarchy
The United States was born in a struggle against the oligarchs
Review of Thom Hartmann's new book
The Republican's Brutal Oligarchy Plot Is Dangerous
SONG: Nina Simone ... Backlash blues
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Sitting Bull Protects Us
GUEST: Dr. Caroline Janney, Professor of the American Civil War, Director of the John L. Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia, and author of five books, talks about the power of "lost causes" and how our country can overcome racism and white nationalism.GUESTS: Leena Al-Arian, Executive Director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, and Zaira Abu Baker, the daughter of Shukri Abu Baker who was horrifically sentenced to 65 years for providing charity to Palestinians, talk about the criminal justice system's assault on Muslims families in the United States.
History of the American Civil War
Dr. Caroline Janney
The Dark Familiarity of Trump's Lost Cause
SONG: Pete Seeger ... We Shall Overcome (written by Pete and others at the Highlander Folk School)
SONG: The Neville Brothers ... Sister Rosa
Demanding Justice for the Holy Land Five
Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Five
How U.S. government harasses Palestine solidarity activists
SONG: Richie Havens ... Freedom at Woodstock
SONG: Lindsey Wilson ... Just Like the Water
GUEST: Heather Hurwitz, Activist, lecturer of Sociology and feminist scholar at Case Western Reserve University and author of Are We the 99%? The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality, talks about what happened to Occupy and why the movement is still so important.
Heather Hurwitz on the lessons of Occupy
Are We the 99%?
Heather Hurwitz explores diversity and activism in new book
SONG: Harry Shearer ... 936 Lies That Led US to War
SONG: Pink Floyd ... Song for Palestine
GUEST: Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, long time radical feminist, revolutionary Pan-Africanist and church sista, who has been active in Al-Awda: Right of Return, the African Anti Zionist Front in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Black Alliance for Peace and the Green Party, talks about her role in fighting racism and injustice in the American empire.
The Black Alliance for Peace
War Against African/Black People in the U.S. and Abroad
Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition
SONG: Demi Lovato ... Commander in Chief
SONG: Eliza Gilkyson, Secularia ... In the Name of the Lord
GUEST: John Perry, writer living in Masaya, Nicaragua whose articles have appeared in FAIR, The Guardian UK, the London Review of Books, and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, talks about the threat of US imperialism directed at Nicaragua.
Progressive Media Promoted a False Story
Opposition behind the violence in Nicaragua
US Senate launches attack on Nicaragua poverty programmes
SONG: Bosba Panh, The Art Cafe in Phnom Penh ... Blowin' in the Wind
SONG: Bob Dylan ... You Playboys and Playgirls
GUEST: Anne Ames, local activist and resident of Kingston, NY, co-founder of Wednesday Walk For Black Lives, and member of the End the New Jim Crow Action Network, talks about how she got involved in fighting racism and the prominent role of women in the movement.
Wednesday Walk for Black Lives
Wednesday Walk for Black Lives- Kingston (Facebook)
End the New Jim Crow Action Network
SONG: Fred Nagel ... Temples of Crude Oil
SONG: Yusuf / Cat Stevens ... Peace Train 03
GUEST: Dorothy Miller Zellner, former coeditor of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s newsletter, SNCC's former media relations person, and coeditor of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC talks about the Black liberation movement today and its connection to the campaign to free the Palestinian people.
Dorothy Zellner on SNCC Digital Gateway
Civil Rights History Project: Dorothy Zellner
SONG: John McCutcheon, Winter Solstice ... Christmas in the Trenches
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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.