Mark Engler

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Claiming our Victories

Despite the cynics, social movement uprisings are producing some remarkable wins.
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In Praise of Impractical Movements

Three Times When the World Broke Open– and Two When it Might Again
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The Massive Immigrants Rights Protests of 2006 Are Still Changing Politics

Popular uprising have ramifications that go beyond immediate legislative results, and they can alter the climate of political debate.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Disruptor Not a Peacemaker

Like those of Black Lives Matter activists today, King’s methods were widely criticized— even when they were effective.
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Why MLK Chose Not to Run for President

Like Bernie Sanders today, Martin Luther King, Jr. considered launching a presidential campaign to oppose military interventionism and promote democratic socialism. Here’s why he decided against it.
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New Book!

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What makes nonviolent movements explode?

Despite the demonstrated power of sacrifice and disruption, it is rare that groups risk either in significant measure — and even rarer that the two are combined in thoughtful and creative ways


Past Favorites

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Ai-jen Poo: Organizing a Movement for Care

Talk to Ai-jen Poo about her work and it won't be long before you hear language you don’t often hear in the midst of intense social movement campaigning.
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War: The Wrong Jobs Program

The real question is not whether the government should spend on job creation. It is whether the government has been spending well.
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The Godfather of Microcredit

Is Muhammad Yunus selling ''free market'' neoliberalism in the guise of liberal do-gooderism?
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The Gulf at the Gas Station

Why the market fails in calculating the true cost of our dependence on oil.
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Capitalism as Catastrophe

A review of Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.
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Pranksters Fixing the World

With a new film, the Yes Men carry forth their gonzo brand of anti-corporate activism.
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Climate Disobedience

Deciding the time has come for direct action to stop global warming.
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Is Rambo Still A Republican?

Lessons from late-Cold War cinema for the post-9/11 era.
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The World is Not Flat

How Thomas Friedman gets it wrong about globalization. An excerpt from How to rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy (Nation Books, 2008)
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The Ascent of Niall Ferguson

In his new "financial history of the world" a historian famous for celebrating empire turns to praise the wonders of capital.
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MLK Economics

How Dr. King might have responded to current crises of recession, unemployment, and foreclosure.
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Science Fiction From Below

Alex Rivera, director of the new film Sleep Dealer, imagines the future of the Global South.
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Why Wendell Matters

Seventy years old this week, the veteran sage of sustainable agriculture has made a life of stewardship, "staying home"--and turning off the computer.
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Ordinary Outrages

A review of Political Fictions by Joan Didion.
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American Empire Foreclosed?

A reconsideration of U.S. power in a time of economic crisis.
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There Is an Alternative to Corporate Rule

All over the world, truly democratic approaches are bubbling up from the grassroots.
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Fair Trade Sweatshops?

Supporting 'clean clothes' campaigns to end the exploitative labour practices that pervade the textile industry is not as simple as just picking the 'right' brand to buy.
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On the Price is Right

A journey into Television City.
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From Within the Labyrinth, A Call for Human Development

The UN's Human Development Program suggests alternatives to corporate globalization.
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The Birth of The Burning Bush

How the Center for the Working Poor began.
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Taking Back Your Time

Come October 24, if our country's workload were on par with the rest of the industrialized world, you would have the rest of the year off.
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Treated Like a Criminal

How the INS Stole Three Days of My Life
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Those Who Don’t Count

Why it matters to remember the Iraq War's civilian victims.
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In God’s Country

A review of Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
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Reverend Billy’s Holiday Shopocalypse

The Church of Stop Shopping hits the road.
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A History of Nonviolence

The author of "Cod" suggests that the world's most dangerous idea could have derailed the American Revolution, the Civil War and possibly even World War II.
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Bush’s Bad Business Empire

Making the World Unsafe for Microsoft and Mickey Mouse
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Six Essays About War and About Peace

A series of post-9/11 reflections.
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Failures of an Economic Hit Man

A review of the best-selling Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
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Has U.S. Foreign Policy “Failed”?

Analyzing "good faith" and "bad faith" criticisms of American actions.
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When Lost Is Found

A review of Rebecca Solnit's Field Guide to Getting Lost.
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Farming the Everglades

Florida sugar growers milk taxpayers, farm workers, and endangered wetlands.
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Memoirs from the “Architect of Black Power”

A review of Ready for Revolution by Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture).
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Republicans Among Us

A week in review from the Republican National Convention, inside and out.
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New York Says “No”

Why the city will -- and should -- demonstrate against the Republican Convention.