Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

U.S. Politics / Elections rss

The US Military Budget

There is broad consensus that a ‘multipolar’ order will emerge in coming decades, in which the US will have to compete for alpha-dog status within different regions with rivals.

U.S. Military Spending Marches On

How on earth do you get a bipartisan consensus against cuts and for stimulus? Call it the defense budget.

The Hole in America’s Middle

The unshakable notion that everyone in the country is middle class has helped push us ever closer to a society where nobody is.

Moneyed Unexceptionalism

The expanding rights of corporate “people” are creating an ever-greater gap between America's democratic ideals and political reality.

The Midterms and Misery Theory

A contribution to a Dissent magazine symposium on the 2010 midterm elections.

Busting the Pendulum

Building a progressive U.S. politics means looking beyond the back-and-forth swings of each election cycle.

Immigration Economics: An Interview with Professor Giovanni Peri

Doesn’t supply and demand dictate that new immigrants will steal jobs and drive down wages for U.S. citizens? A leading immigration economist explains why not.

Soul of a Citizen: A Review

Paul Rogat Loeb's well-regarded 1999 book on activism is out in a revised and updated edition.
Secretary of Labor

Hilda Solis: Protecting Workers, Not Corporations

Amid the disappointments of Obama's first year in office is one bright spot: a Department of Labor that stands up for workers' rights.

Grading the Obama Administration on Honduras: D

How the White House botched its response to the Honduran coup.