Mark Engler

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The Children of Intervention

Many of the root causes of immigration from Latin America are connected with U.S. intervention abroad.

No More Miss America: A Collective Memory of Liberatory Action

Fifty years ago, a protest against the Miss America pageant kicked off a new phase of the women’s liberation movement. We present a narrative history of that landmark protest, as told by the participants themselves.

How ‘No More Miss America’ Announced a Feminist Upheaval

A bold and irreverent protest 50 years ago put a renewed women’s liberation movement on the public map—and offers important lessons for today’s resistance.

The Pan American

The world of Eduardo Galeano.

There’s More Than One Way to Strike the Boss

From fare strikes to sick outs, movements are deploying a variety of creative tactics to disrupt business as usual.

In Praise of White House Dysfunction

As it turns out, Donald Trump is not very good at running the US government. The question is: should we be sad about this?

Shutting Down Guns and Greed

Two of the most important recent developments in US politics have come from social movements involving schools. Each has a different look and generational profile, but they are united in a common tactic: the use of disruptive power.


Past Favorites

Ai-jen Poo: Organizing a Movement for Care

Talk to Ai-jen Poo about her work and it won't be long before you hear language you don’t often hear in the midst of intense social movement campaigning.

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.

When Women Revolted

A wave of disruptive protest fifty years ago helped put women’s liberation on the map–and showcased a radical feminist vision of that remains relevant in the age of Trump.

The Pan American

The world of Eduardo Galeano.

War: The Wrong Jobs Program

The real question is not whether the government should spend on job creation. It is whether the government has been spending well.

The Godfather of Microcredit

Is Muhammad Yunus selling ''free market'' neoliberalism in the guise of liberal do-gooderism?

The Gulf at the Gas Station

Why the market fails in calculating the true cost of our dependence on oil.

Capitalism as Catastrophe

A review of Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

Pranksters Fixing the World

With a new film, the Yes Men carry forth their gonzo brand of anti-corporate activism.

Climate Disobedience

Deciding the time has come for direct action to stop global warming.

Is Rambo Still A Republican?

Lessons from late-Cold War cinema for the post-9/11 era.

The World Is Not Flat

How Thomas Friedman gets it wrong about globalization. An excerpt from How to rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy (Nation Books, 2008)

The Ascent of Niall Ferguson

In his new "financial history of the world" a historian famous for celebrating empire turns to praise the wonders of capital.

MLK Economics

How Dr. King might have responded to current crises of recession, unemployment, and foreclosure.

Science Fiction From Below

Alex Rivera, director of the new film Sleep Dealer, imagines the future of the Global South.

Why Wendell Matters

Seventy years old this week, the veteran sage of sustainable agriculture has made a life of stewardship, "staying home"--and turning off the computer.

Ordinary Outrages

A review of Political Fictions by Joan Didion.

American Empire Foreclosed?

A reconsideration of U.S. power in a time of economic crisis.

There Is an Alternative to Corporate Rule

All over the world, truly democratic approaches are bubbling up from the grassroots.

Fair Trade Sweatshops?

Supporting 'clean clothes' campaigns to end the exploitative labour practices that pervade the textile industry is not as simple as just picking the 'right' brand to buy.

On the Price is Right

A journey into Television City.

From Within the Labyrinth, A Call for Human Development

The UN's Human Development Program suggests alternatives to corporate globalization.

The Birth of The Burning Bush

How the Center for the Working Poor began.

Taking Back Your Time

Come October 24, if our country's workload were on par with the rest of the industrialized world, you would have the rest of the year off.

Treated Like a Criminal

How the INS Stole Three Days of My Life

Those Who Don’t Count

Why it matters to remember the Iraq War's civilian victims.

In God’s Country

A review of Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

Reverend Billy’s Holiday Shopocalypse

The Church of Stop Shopping hits the road.

A History of Nonviolence

The author of "Cod" suggests that the world's most dangerous idea could have derailed the American Revolution, the Civil War and possibly even World War II.

Bush’s Bad Business Empire

Making the World Unsafe for Microsoft and Mickey Mouse

Six Essays About War and About Peace

A series of post-9/11 reflections.

Failures of an Economic Hit Man

A review of the best-selling Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

Has U.S. Foreign Policy “Failed”?

Analyzing "good faith" and "bad faith" criticisms of American actions.

When Lost Is Found

A review of Rebecca Solnit's Field Guide to Getting Lost.