Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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#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

The Problem with Cadillac’s Electric Wheels

While making cars more energy efficient is a worthy goal, it is not enough. Seriously addressing the challenges of climate change and environmental destruction will require us to break the stranglehold of GDP as the sole measure of human progress.

The Winter of the Climate Denier

The North American Climate-Change Denier is an invasive species that poses serious risk to other plant and animal life on the planet.

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.

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.

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.