Mark Engler

Mark Engler is a senior analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus and author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy (Nation Books, 2008). He can be reached via the website http://www.DemocracyUprising.com

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Banksy says that every day is PARK(ing) Day. (Credit: Beautiful Trouble) Views
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:15am
Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?
It is an old question in social movements: Should we fight the system or “be the change we wish to see”? Should we push for transformation within existing institutions, or should we model in our own lives a different set of political relationships that might someday form the basis of a new society...
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Frances Fox Piven at at a national teach-in at Judson Memorial Church in New York in 2011. (© Pat Arnow) Views
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 2:45pm
Can Frances Fox Piven’s Theory of Disruptive Power Create the Next Occupy?
Social movements can be fast, and they can be slow. Mostly, the work of social change is a slow process. It involves patiently building movement institutions, cultivating leadership, organizing campaigns and leveraging power to secure small gains. If you want to see your efforts produce results, it...
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Friday, April 4, 2014 - 7:00am
Would Saul Alinsky Break His Own Rules?
Although Saul Alinsky, the founding father of modern community organizing in the United States, passed away in 1972, he is still invoked by the right as a dangerous harbinger of looming insurrection. And although his landmark book, Rules for Radicals , is now nearly 45 years old, the principles...
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Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 9:41am
When Martin Luther King Gave Up His Guns
Few are aware that Martin Luther King, Jr. once applied for a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
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Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 9:42am
After the Election: Time to Stop Settling for the Lesser Evil
There was a lot less dancing in the streets this Election Day than in 2008, when the nation celebrated the election of the first African-American president. But progressives can nonetheless feel great relief at the re-election of Barack Obama.
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Friday, October 12, 2012 - 12:07pm
Obama: A Better Adversary
At summer’s end, Barack Obama’s campaign has already aired tens of millions of dollars worth of advertisements. You don’t have to believe their promises to think that his re-election would be preferable from a social movement standpoint to the coronation of Mitt Romney, one of Wall Street’s own.
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Friday, June 29, 2012 - 9:38am
President Obama: Corporate Globalizer
With recent revelations about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, it is now safe to say that President Obama has surpassed George W. Bush as a champion of the flawed and offensive ideology of corporate globalization.
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Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 12:08pm
Keep Your Government Hands Off My Welfare State
During the Tea Party’s heyday, you could find variations of the ‘Keep Your Government Hands Off My Welfare State’ sign at rallies around the US . My favorite was a handmade version by a woman who had written out her slogan in black marker and then added, in red, a hammer and sickle to symbolize the peril of socialized medicine. The placard read: ‘Government Keep Your Hands Off My Medicare.’ Ideology and reality had been set on a collision course, and this absurd mash-up was the result.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:16pm
The Politics of TED
Is the topic of income inequality “ Too Hot for TED “? Controversy has erupted in the past week over this question after a talk planned for the organization’s popular website was pulled at the last minute. The incident has offered an interesting window into the politics of the group.
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Friday, April 27, 2012 - 11:19am
ALEC Retreats, the Right Wing Freaks
Customers should be able to know if companies that they are supporting with their purchases are busy spending money on groups that undermine environmental regulations, attack workers’ rights, promote “Stand Your Ground” gun laws, advance discriminatory “Voter ID” laws, and otherwise bolster the right-wing legislative vanguard. And if these consumers don’t like this behavior, they should be at liberty to take their business elsewhere.
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