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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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 6:30am
What Makes Nonviolent Movements Explode?
Why are some protests ignored and forgotten while others explode, dominating the news cycle for weeks and becoming touchstones in political life? For all of those seeking to promote change, this is a critical question. And it was a particularly pressing concern after the financial meltdown of 2008...
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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 8:00am
From the Berlin Wall to Today — Lessons for Harnessing the Moment of the Whirlwind
On November 9, 1989 — 25 years ago — huge crowds of East Germans descended on the Berlin Wall. The restless citizens were responding to an announcement by authorities suggesting that the government would loosen travel restrictions. In truth, those in charge intended to make only limited alterations...
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:30am
How Did Gandhi Win? Lessons from the Salt March for Today's Social Movements
History remembers Mohandas Gandhi’s Salt March as one of the great episodes of resistance in the past century and as a campaign which struck a decisive blow against British imperialism. In the early morning of March 12, 1930, Gandhi and a trained cadre of 78 followers from his ashram began a march...
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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 7:00am
Surviving the Ups and Downs of Social Movements
Those who get involved in social movements share a common experience: Sometimes, when an issue captures the public eye or an unexpected event triggers a wave of mass protest, there can be periods of intense activity, when new members rush to join the cause and movement energy swells. But these...
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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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