Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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No More Miss America: A Collective Memory of Liberatory Action

Fifty years ago, a protest against the Miss America pageant kicked off a new phase of the women’s liberation movement. We present a narrative history of that landmark protest, as told by the participants themselves.

How ‘No More Miss America’ Announced a Feminist Upheaval

A bold and irreverent protest 50 years ago put a renewed women’s liberation movement on the public map—and offers important lessons for today’s resistance.

There’s More Than One Way to Strike the Boss

From fare strikes to sick outs, movements are deploying a variety of creative tactics to disrupt business as usual.

In Praise of White House Dysfunction

As it turns out, Donald Trump is not very good at running the US government. The question is: should we be sad about this?

Shutting Down Guns and Greed

Two of the most important recent developments in US politics have come from social movements involving schools. Each has a different look and generational profile, but they are united in a common tactic: the use of disruptive power.

Against Shithole Nationalism

When it comes to defeating Trump's bigoted and ignorant foreign policy, we are not up against an anomaly. We’re up against a history.

When “America First” is a Corporate Scam

Trump’s policy is a top-down nationalism for America’s rich, when what we need—both here and abroad—is an internationalism from below.

The Obscenity of Extreme Wealth

After a certain point, the rich have to be creative in inventing new material wants as any reasonable need has already been met.

Naming Our Desire: How Do We Talk About Socialism in America?

The millennial embrace of socialism has allowed a new generation to draw inspiration from a long legacy of struggle.

Confronting a Culture of Sexual Violence

To make this culture of sexual harassment a thing of the past requires organizing and mass mobilization.