Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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.

New Book!

Now available from Nation Books.

A Good Moment to Make a Scene

Protests work when they escalate, refusing to be silenced. And right now, urgent cries for racial justice must not go unheard.

#ShellNo: The Triumph of the Kayaktivists

Sometimes those who are creative and daring – those who paddle hard and bring enough friends – prevail in spite of cynics and detractors.

Act Against Amazon!

Some have asked whether it’s finally ‘time to break up with Amazon’.

A Pope in Washington

If religious leaders have a constructive role to play in political life, it should be one of discomforting the powerful. In his finest moments, Pope Francis has taken this as his mandate.

Team Obama Cashes In

It is cherished notion in American political ideology that the market and democracy go happily hand in hand. The purveyors of that myth keep the revolving door turning.