Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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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.

The Indestructable Osprey

Many agree that the V-22 Osprey is a major bust, so why does the government keep authorizing spending on it?

War: The Wrong Jobs Program

The real question is not whether the government should spend on job creation. It is whether the government has been spending well.