Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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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.

Climate of Change: An “Inside-Outside” Strategy Against Global Warming?

If politicians in Washington, DC refuse to talk about our warming planet, how do we shift the climate of national debate?

Should We Have a “Maximum Wage”

Economists love to talk about incentives. In this case, such limits would motivate CEOs to augment the pay of their janitors, secretaries, and cashiers for a simple reason: Their own raises would depend on it.

Obama’s “Free Trade” Voyages: NAFTA Across the Oceans

Seeing drafts of new trade agreements that enhance corporate power could move people to similarly rash displays of democracy.

Provoking an American Climate Crisis

The signs tell us that a climate crisis has arrived in the natural world. The question is: When will this translate into a crisis in the political world?

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.

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.

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