Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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Bernie Sanders: Revolution Beyond the Ballot Box

The surge of interest in socialism – and a willingness to break with deep-seated American political taboos to openly espouse it – clearly owes much to one man: Bernie Sanders.

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.

A Good Moment to Make a Scene

Protests work when they escalate, refusing to be silenced. And right now, urgent cries for racial justice must not go unheard.

#ShellNo: The Triumph of the Kayaktivists

Sometimes those who are creative and daring – those who paddle hard and bring enough friends – prevail in spite of cynics and detractors.

A Pope in Washington

If religious leaders have a constructive role to play in political life, it should be one of discomforting the powerful. In his finest moments, Pope Francis has taken this as his mandate.

Team Obama Cashes In

It is cherished notion in American political ideology that the market and democracy go happily hand in hand. The purveyors of that myth keep the revolving door turning.

Hillary Clinton and the Vermonter Socialist

Like it or not, presidential races are one of the few entry points into political discussion for a large number of Americans.

Let’s Stop “Playing Indian”

Across the U.S., the number of teams named the "Chiefs," "Savages," "Indians," and "Braves" has declined dramatically, but America has yet to truly reckon with its oppression of the continent's indigenous tribes.

Ending Corporate Rule

Can we find a way to loosen big business's stranglehold on the US?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Let’s Not Work Together

Obama has chosen the wrong issue on which to embrace collaboration. The TPP is bad policy. And some ideological divides don’t deserve to be bridged.