Technocratic liberals treat movement groups as another ‘special interest’ rather than a central pillar of their ability to govern, says Mark Engler.
Articles by Mark Engler
We must respond with a genuine vision for ending the corrupt politics of privilege, writes Mark Engler.
- January 1, 2017
Mark Engler reflects on how one man’s protest made waves around the US.
- December 1, 2016
The native-led resistance at Standing Rock has emphasized environmentalism of a different complexion than is typically associated with ecological activism in the United States, writes Mark Engler.
- November 1, 2016
The former US Secretary of State endorsed human rights violations in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Argentina, yet Hillary Clinton calls him ‘a friend’, writes Mark Engler.
- October 1, 2016
Mark Engler bemoans the corporate colonization of public space.
- July 1, 2016
Mark Engler hails a significant victory for workers in the US.
- June 1, 2016
Don’t listen to the cynics – Mark Engler thinks activists should pat themselves on the back.
- April 1, 2016
Mark Engler argues for acts of determination and sacrifice.
- March 1, 2016
Urgent cries for racial justice must not go unheard, writes Mark Engler.
- January 1, 2016
We do not always win - but sometimes we prevail. Mark Engler celebrates a daring victory.
- December 1, 2015
We need to push back against unacceptable corporate behaviour, writes Mark Engler.
- November 1, 2015
Mark Engler hopes that the pontiff will use his US visit to promote a message of social justice.
- October 1, 2015
Can we find a way to loosen big business’s stranglehold on the US? asks Mark Engler.
- April 1, 2015
Obama has chosen the wrong issue on which to embrace collaboration, says Mark Engler.
- March 1, 2015
Mark Engler and Paul Engler consider the strange alchemy of disruption and sacrifice.
- December 31, 2014
What mainstream commentators get wrong about the historic uprisings of 1989, and what civil resistance gets right. Mark Engler and Paul Engler explore the issue.
- November 10, 2014
Mark Engler and Paul Engler consider the lessons from the Salt March for today’s social movements.
- October 14, 2014
Mark Engler voices alarm over the US police force’s ‘warrior mentality’.
- October 1, 2014
Can theories of movement cycles equip activists to persevere over the long haul? Mark Engler and Paul Engler try to find out.
- September 17, 2014
As college tuition fees keep soaring, Mark Engler wonders what the future has in stake for him.
- September 1, 2014
Where insider politics fails, a transformational approach can turn the impossible into the inevitable, write Paul and Mark Engler.
- July 16, 2014
Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Act was passed into law in the US. Movements not governments propel change, believes Mark Engler.
- July 1, 2014
Mark Engler and Paul Engler on the strengths and limitations of prefigurative politics.
- June 4, 2014
Mark Engler reports on reactions to a surprise best seller.
- June 1, 2014
Mark Engler explores the ultimate paradox of green consumerism
- May 1, 2014
Mark and Paul Engler consider the old divide between ‘movements’ and ‘organizations’.
- April 11, 2014
Three years after the resignation of Mubarak, the Egyptian revolution provides a perfect example of what mass protest can – and can’t – accomplish. By Mark and Paul Engler.
- February 27, 2014
Mark and Paul Engler consider the legacy of a man who shaped history by using nonviolence to leverage political change.
- January 17, 2014
Yes, Monsanto actually won the ‘World Food Prize’. Mark Engler picks over the scandal that ensued.
- January 1, 2014
Pope Francis is likely to be an improvement on Benedict, despite his contradictions writes Mark Engler.
- March 18, 2013
The answer may not be a straight-forward no, even if the odds are stacked against it, says Mark Engler.
- March 11, 2013
With 7 out of 10 Latinos voting to re-elect Barack Obama, Republicans are debating whether to alter their hardline immigration stance, says Mark Engler.
- January 1, 2013
With the presidential election looming, many Americans are finding their right to vote under assault says Mark Engler.
- November 1, 2012
On the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, #S17, Mark Engler says the 99 per cent could sorely use another round of rebellion.
- September 17, 2012
It may seem counter-intuitive, but this is just one more reason for voting for Barack, says Mark Engler.
- September 1, 2012
Our US columnist Mark Engler is riled by the shamelessness of the financial élite.
- July 1, 2012
Obama’s decision to give legal status to 800,000 immigrants in the US is a tremendous advance, says Mark Engler.
- June 22, 2012
Mark Engler argues the Catholic Church has made a parody of itself by criticizing nuns for ‘focusing too much on poverty and economic injustice.’
- June 18, 2012
Many Americans are in denial about their dependence on social spending, says Mark Engler.
- May 1, 2012
Wonders will never cease, says Mark Engler.
- April 5, 2012
A fresh wave of reports unveiling exploitation in the iPad empire are forcing Apple to clean up up its act, reports Mark Engler.
- April 1, 2012
Unfulfilled promises may come back to haunt Obama this election year, says Mark Engler.
- March 1, 2012
Ten years on from Guantanamo’s opening, Mark Engler reflects on the surreal absurdity that such a place even exists.
- January 13, 2012
Attending the state caucuses makes for an uncomfortable, but fascinating, day out, as Mark Engler discovers.
- January 5, 2012
By championing Wall Street, Niall Ferguson once again gets it wrong at exactly the right moment, says Mark Engler.
- November 3, 2011
As the #OccupyWallStreet protests continue to grow, Mark Engler agrees that the bankers must be held to account for their ill-gotten gains.
- November 1, 2011
How to strengthen the #Occupy movement is of much greater concern than Democrats jumping on the bandwagon, says Mark Engler.
- October 24, 2011
Now in its third week, the protest movement not only continues to grow – it is maturing and becoming stronger in impressive ways, writes Mark Engler.
- October 6, 2011
Around 2.3 million US citizens are behind bars - a number that dwarfs any other country, reports Mark Engler.
- October 1, 2011
As the world looks back at the events of 11 September 2001 and their influence on the decade that followed, Mark Engler argues that patriotism does not equate to revenge.
- September 8, 2011
As Obama ushers in a new debit-limit bill, Mark Engler explains how the argument ‘We’re broke’ is used to justify the demolition of social safety nets.
- July 1, 2011
There are no palm trees in Wisconsin – but there’s a red-faced newsreader at Fox News.
- June 1, 2011
Moving on up - the big money takeover of America
- December 1, 2010
Our new columnist Mark Engler considers the impact of the US midterm elections.
- November 1, 2010
Mark Engler explains why ‘clean clothes’ campaigning is no longer about boycotting Gap.
- November 1, 2006
Mark Engler accuses the US of twisting El Salvador’s history to suit its foreign policy interests in Iraq.
- December 1, 2005
It’s possible to make space for a radical project even inside the belly of the beast. Mark Engler tells the story of the Human Development Report.
- January 1, 2005
The grassroots SAPRIN network spent years working with the World Bank – only for the Bank to batten down the hatches. Mark Engler reports.
- March 1, 2004
Mark Engler sheds some light on the murky world of export credit agencies.
- April 1, 2003
Labour unions have begun to embrace ‘New Internationalism’. Mark Engler finds out what it means.
- November 1, 2002