Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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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.

#BlackLivesMatter

If the country is to be redeemed, it will depend on those who dissent—those who are now using their bodies to blockade bridges and highways.

How to Militarize Your Local Police

Voicing alarm over the U.S. police force's 'warrior mentality.'

Why is College so Damned Expensive?

With a grim job market and soaring debts, new graduates face the prospect of long-term indenture to the banks.

Social Change is Written in the Streets

Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Act was passed into law in the US. Movements, not governments, propel change.

What the U.S. Made of Thomas Picketty

Reactions to a surprise best seller: Capital in the Twenty-First Century