Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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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.

Palm Trees in the Snow

There are no palm trees in Wisconsin. And public fiscal problems were not caused by union greed.

The Wealthy Wage War

Public sector unions are among the only institutions that still stand against the unchecked influence of corporations. And they are under attack.