Articles and Essays by Mark Engler
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Why MLK Chose Not to Run for President

Like Bernie Sanders today, Martin Luther King, Jr. considered launching a presidential campaign to oppose military interventionism and promote democratic socialism. Here’s why he decided against it.
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New Book!

Now available from Nation Books.
Explode

What makes nonviolent movements explode?

Despite the demonstrated power of sacrifice and disruption, it is rare that groups risk either in significant measure — and even rarer that the two are combined in thoughtful and creative ways
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From the Berlin Wall to today — Lessons for harnessing the moment of the whirlwind

Every so often, we witness a period of mass insurgency that seems to defy the accepted rules of politics
Gandhi

How did Gandhi win?

Lessons from the Salt March for today's social movements.
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Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements

Can theories of movement cycles equip activists to persevere over the long haul?
Pillars

When the pillars fall — How social movements can win more victories like same-sex marriage

Where insider politics fails, a transformational approach can turn the impossible into the inevitable.