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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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Our local End the New Jim Crow Action Network
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NicaNotes: Hands off Nicaragua!
Hero of the Revolution
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Two progressive viewpoints on current Nicaraguan reality
SONG: John Lennon ... Attica
SONG: Bruce Cockburn ... Nicaragua
The Hidden History of American Healthcare, Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich.
The Hidden History of American Healthcare
Thom Hartmann Program on YouTube
Healthcare: Let's Have People over Profits Once And For All
SONG: Tom Paxton, Ain't That News ... Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation
SONG: Dan Bull ... America
GUEST: Dr. Jerry Lembcke, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the College of Holy Cross, researcher on media and myth-making, and co-author of the new book, Dissenting POWs, From Vietnam’s Hoa Lo Prison to America Today.
Monthly Review, An Independent Socialist Magazine
Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing
Jerry Lembcke - College of the Holy Cross
Dissenting POWs - NY Press
SONG: Dolly Parton, The Most Perfect Album ... A Woman's Right
SONG: Tom Paxton ... George W. Told the Nation
GUEST: Robert Roth, activist in the Central America solidarity movement, organizer for various campaigns to free political prisoners in the US, and co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee, talks about colonialism and how our media covers it up.
Haiti Action Committee
Robert Roth (activist)
Building Solidarity with Haiti’s Popular Movement
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SONG: Nanci Griffith, The Dust Bowel Symphony ... It's a Hard Life
GUEST: Dr. Larry Wittner, early civil rights and anti-apartheid activist, author of several books, and Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany, talks about his new article in Counterpunch, "Nationalism on the Decline."
Nationalism on the Decline
Profile of Lawrence S. Wittner
Major powers increase military spending despite diseases and poverty
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SONG: Fred Nagel ... Land of Plenty We Left Behind
GUESTS: Yohana Beyene, organizer for Horn of Africa Pan-Africanists for Liberation and Solidarity, and Tunde Osazua, Coordinator of Black Alliance for Peace's U.S. Out of Africa Network, talk about the sordid history of US involvement in Somalia and Ethiopia.
Horn of Africa - Pan-Africans for Liberation & Solidarity
The US Military Fights a Hidden War
The Tigray War in Context
US military hotspots in Libya and Niger – The Intercept
SONG: Tom Paxton ... George W. Told the Nation
SONG: David Massingill ... Joe
GUEST: Dr. Robin Broad, Professor of International Development at American University and co-author of the new book, The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country From Corporate Greed, talks about taking on giant mining companies and winning.
The Water Defenders - Beacon Press
Can Victory Over Irresponsible Mining in Central America ...
The Water Defenders - Guernica
Water Defenders Versus Big Gold
SONG: Angelique Kidjo ... Mother Nature
SONG: TikToker ... Palestine
GUEST: Dr. Alice Rothchild, physician, award winning filmmaker and author of several books on Palestine, talks about the intersection between her Jewish background, her career at Harvard Medical School, and her work for Palestinian rights.
We Are Not Numbers
Alice Rothchild - About the Author
Americans Who Tell The Truth
Articles Posted by Alice Rothchild
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GUEST: Dale Kretz, Assistant Professor African American History, Civil War and Reconstruction, Race and Slavery, Health and Medicine at Texas Tech University, talks about his recent article in Jacobin Magazine, "Juneteenth Is About Freedom."
Juneteenth Is About Freedom
Dale Kretz, Assistant Professor
MSU Scholars Reflect on the Sustained Impact of Juneteenth
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Political Prisoners in the USA
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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.