Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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Hijacked Organic, Limited Local, Faulty Fair Trade: What’s a Radical to Eat?

As the food movement has moved from the countercultural fringe to become a mainstream phenomenon, organic, local, and fair trade advocates have been beset by criticism from overt foes and erstwhile allies alike.
Mar13

How Many Gun Massacres More?

A radical proposal would go well beyond controlling the most aggressive semi-automatic rifles and curbing arms sales to the world's worst dictatorships. It would also demand a change in our political system.
Jan13

A Nation of Immigrants Speaks

With 7 out of 10 Latinos voting to re-elect Barack Obama, Republicans are debating whether to alter their hardline immigration stance
Nov12

How not to make every vote count

Recognizing the limits of voting should not prevent us from appreciating the seriousness of an aggressive conservative campaign against the franchise
Sept12

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.
Sept12

Obama: A Better Adversary

Progressive movements are stronger when they can take on centrists or liberals than when pitted against elected conservatives.
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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.
NI-May2012

Keep Your Government Hands Off My Welfare State

Ideology and reality have been set on a collision course, and this absurd mash-up is the result.
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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.
NI-March2012

Obama’s Broken Resolutions

Don't believe in the "enthusiasm gap"? Spend some time with the right-wing faithful. Then stop by a protest against Guantanamo.