Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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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

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

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.

Obama: A Better Adversary

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Iowa: Republican for a Day

The neighborly good cheer of the caucus I attended was almost enough to make me forget, at least for a few moments, that I was sitting four rows up in a set of bleachers packed full of rabid conservatives.

Iowa: The People’s Caucus

As caucus craziness reaches its peak in Iowa, the Occupy movement has not been left out.