Mark Engler

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Recent Articles

Jan13

A Nation of Immigrants Speaks

With 7 out of 10 Latinos voting to re-elect Barack Obama, Republicans are debating whether to alter their hardline immigration stance
Nov12

How not to make every vote count

Recognizing the limits of voting should not prevent us from appreciating the seriousness of an aggressive conservative campaign against the franchise
Dec12

It’s Time for a Union at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart claims to respect its employees' freedom of association. Yet, of more than 4,500 "Supercenters" and other retail locations in North America, not one is home to a unionized workforce.
Sept12

Will Occupy Live to See Another Birthday?

On the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, #S17, our U.S. columnist says the 99 per cent could sorely use another round of rebellion.
Sept12

Obama: A Better Adversary

Progressive movements are stronger when they can take on centrists or liberals than when pitted against elected conservatives.
Pillars

When the pillars fall — How social movements can win more victories like same-sex marriage

Where insider politics fails, a transformational approach can turn the impossible into the inevitable.
March

Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements

Can theories of movement cycles equip activists to persevere over the long haul?


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.
rambo

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.
MLK Economics

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
revbilly

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.
KFC

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.