Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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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.

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?

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.

Obama: A Better Adversary

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

Return Your Eagle Scout Badge

Are you disgusted and outraged by the recent decision of the Boy Scouts of America to reaffirm its exclusion of gay members from the organization? You’re not alone.

Student Debt Crisis: It’s Time for a Jubilee

Organizations that usually demand cancellation of debts owed by impoverished countries are now calling for debt forgiveness for a different group of borrowers: U.S. students.

Tired of Burying Black Boys

The Trayvon Martin case is not rooted in an individual's bigotry, nor will the issues it raises be resolved by a single trial.

Occupy, the 99% Spring, and the New Age of Direct Action

Collaboration or cooptation? Expansion or dilution? Mark Engler on what to make of the 99% Spring.