Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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Gandhi’s strategy for success — use more than one strategy

How creating a "healthy ecology of change" can help propel social movements.
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When Women Revolted

A wave of disruptive protest fifty years ago helped put women’s liberation on the map–and showcased a radical feminist vision of that remains relevant in the age of Trump.
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Why Targeting Corporate Democrats Is Part of the Fight Against Trump

Lessons from the George W. Bush years
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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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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
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From the Berlin Wall to today — Lessons for harnessing the moment of the whirlwind

Every so often, we witness a period of mass insurgency that seems to defy the accepted rules of politics