Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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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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Against the Monsanto Food Prize

Whether or not you think genetically modified crops could someday have a role in sustainable agriculture, Monsanto's abuses of corporate power deserve condemnation.
Dec13

Lessons from Shutdown America

Despite offering an opportunity to skewer exceptionalist arrogance, the shutdown was not a good thing. Nevertheless, it did provide some illuminating lessons in American politics.
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There’s Always Money for War

There is something uniquely disturbing about an industry that not only has incentive to push for war as part of its business plan, but also possesses the lobbying power to move lawmakers who might otherwise object to White House designs.
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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?