Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

Art Is Politics: Revisiting Paul Simon’s Graceland

In producing Graceland, Simon had created a most interesting cultural artifact.

The Winter of the Climate Denier

The North American Climate-Change Denier is an invasive species that poses serious risk to other plant and animal life on the planet.

Did Nonviolence Fail in Egypt?

Three years after the resignation of Mubarak, the Egyptian Revolution provides a perfect example of what mass, disruptive protest can accomplish—and what it can't.

When Martin Luther King Gave Up His Guns

It took years of political evolution for King to understand nonviolence not merely as a moral force, but as an effective strategy for leveraging political change.

Against the Monsanto Food Prize

Whether or not you think genetically modified crops could someday have a role in sustainable agriculture, Monsanto's abuses of corporate power deserve condemnation.

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.

Even If You Have Nothing to Hide

Story after story, fueled by leaks from former security contractor Edward Snowden, is uncovering a U.S. surveillance empire with unprecedented reach and breadth.