Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements

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

Why is College so Damned Expensive?

With a grim job market and soaring debts, new graduates face the prospect of long-term indenture to the banks.

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.

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.