Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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.

Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?

The strengths and limitations of prefigurative politics.

Can Frances Fox Piven’s Theory of Disruptive Power Create the Next Occupy?

Reconsidering Poor People's Movements in the wake of mass uprising.

Would Saul Alinsky Break His Own Rules?

In the wake of Occupy, some community organizers are interested in questioning the old divide between "movements" and "organizations"—and in harnessing the power of both.

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.