Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

Social Change is Written in the Streets

Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Act was passed into law in the US. Movements, not governments, propel change.

Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?

The strengths and limitations of prefigurative politics.

What the U.S. Made of Thomas Picketty

Reactions to a surprise best seller: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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

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

The Problem with Cadillac’s Electric Wheels

While making cars more energy efficient is a worthy goal, it is not enough. Seriously addressing the challenges of climate change and environmental destruction will require us to break the stranglehold of GDP as the sole measure of human progress.

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.

Art Is Politics: Revisiting Paul Simon’s Graceland

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