Mark Engler

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War: The Wrong Jobs Program

War: The Wrong Jobs Program

The government is already spending on job creation. But is it spending well?

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The Godfather of Microcredit

The Godfather of Microcredit

Is Muhammad Yunus selling "free markets" in the guise of liberal do-gooderism?

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The Gulf at the Gas Station

The Gulf at the Gas Station

What is the true cost for our society of our dependence on oil?  

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Capitalism as Catastrophe

Capitalism as Catastrophe

Does Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine hold water?

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Pranksters Fixing the World

Pranksters Fixing the World

How two guys with fake business cards punked Dow, Exxon, and the World Trade Organization.

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Climate Disobedience

Climate Disobedience

When would you take direct action to stop global warming?

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Is Rambo Still A Republican?

Is Rambo Still A Republican?

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

The World is Not Flat

How Thomas Friedman gets globalization wrong.

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The Ascent of Niall Ferguson

The Ascent of Niall Ferguson

Harvard's famous apologist for empire turns to praise the wonders of capital.

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Recent Articles


Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?

The strengths and limitations of prefigurative politics.

Can Frances Fox Piven’s Theory of Disruptive Power Create the Next Occupy?

Reconsidering Poor People's Movements in the wake of mass uprising.

Would Saul Alinsky Break His Own Rules?

In the wake of Occupy, some community organizers are interested in questioning the old divide between "movements" and "organizations"—and in harnessing the power of both.

Did Nonviolence Fail in Egypt?

Three years after the resignation of Mubarak, the Egyptian Revolution provides a perfect example of what mass, disruptive protest can accomplish—and what it can't.

When Martin Luther King Gave Up His Guns

It took years of political evolution for King to understand nonviolence not merely as a moral force, but as an effective strategy for leveraging political change.

Climate of Change: An “Inside-Outside” Strategy Against Global Warming?

If politicians in Washington, DC refuse to talk about our warming planet, how do we shift the climate of national debate?

Should We Have a “Maximum Wage”

Economists love to talk about incentives. In this case, such limits would motivate CEOs to augment the pay of their janitors, secretaries, and cashiers for a simple reason: Their own raises would depend on it.

Past Favorites


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.
MLK Economics

MLK Economics

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

Science Fiction From Below

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

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.

Ordinary Outrages

A review of Political Fictions by Joan Didion.

American Empire Foreclosed?

A reconsideration of U.S. power in a time of economic crisis.

There Is an Alternative to Corporate Rule

All over the world, truly democratic approaches are bubbling up from the grassroots.

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.

On the Price is Right

A journey into Television City.

From Within the Labyrinth, A Call for Human Development

The UN's Human Development Program suggests alternatives to corporate globalization.

The Birth of The Burning Bush

How the Center for the Working Poor began.

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.

Treated Like a Criminal

How the INS Stole Three Days of My Life

Those Who Don’t Count

Why it matters to remember the Iraq War's civilian victims.

In God’s Country

A review of Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

Reverend Billy’s Holiday Shopocalypse

The Church of Stop Shopping hits the road.

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.

Bush’s Bad Business Empire

Making the World Unsafe for Microsoft and Mickey Mouse

Six Essays About War and About Peace

A series of post-9/11 reflections.

Failures of an Economic Hit Man

A review of the best-selling Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

Has U.S. Foreign Policy “Failed”?

Analyzing "good faith" and "bad faith" criticisms of American actions.

When Lost Is Found

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

Farming the Everglades

Florida sugar growers milk taxpayers, farm workers, and endangered wetlands.

Memoirs from the “Architect of Black Power”

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

Republicans Among Us

A week in review from the Republican National Convention, inside and out.

New York Says “No”

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