Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

Protests rss

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

People Power Brought Down the Berlin Wall—Can it Defeat Corporate Rule?

Can people power also be successful in defeating the more diffuse evils of oligarchy and corporate rule?

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

After the Climate March

Savvy organizers use mass actions as choice opportunities for recruiting.

How did Gandhi win?

Lessons from the Salt March for today's social movements.

How to Militarize Your Local Police

Voicing alarm over the U.S. police force's 'warrior mentality.'

Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements

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

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.

Social Change is Written in the Streets

Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Act was passed into law in the US. Movements, not governments, propel change.

Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?

The strengths and limitations of prefigurative politics.