Mark Engler

Mark Engler is a writer based in Philadelphia and an editorial board member at Dissent. He is the co-author, along with Paul Engler, of the new book on the craft of mass mobilization, This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century (Nation Books). He can be reached via the website www.thisisanuprising.org.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A World Bank President Who's Not a Crony or a War Criminal?
On Friday, President Obama announced that he is nominating physician and Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank. This likely appointment was greeted with approval by many long-time critics of corporate globalization.
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Thursday, March 08, 2012
Joe Nocera Is Wrong About Environmental Activism
Can you be an environmentalist and support things like the Keystone XL pipeline and hydraulic fracking? Not likely, but it’s conceivable. Can you be an environmentalist and oppose the power of the environmental movement? I think not.
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Friday, March 02, 2012
Obama’s Broken Resolutions
In June 2007, on a warm Sunday in San Antonio, Texas, presidential candidate Barack Obama rolled up his white shirtsleeves and addressed a crowd of 1,000: ‘We’re going to close Guantánamo. And we’re going to restore habeas corpus,’ he said. The assembly cheered.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Guantanamo Has Got to Go: Protesting Ten Years of Indefinite Detention
“Prisoners of Guantanamo turn right,” yelled the marshal. “Prisoners forward!” In response to the call, several hundred people dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods turned in unison, faced east on Pennsylvania Avenue, and began a slow march toward the U.S. Capitol building.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Iowa: Republican for a Day
Say what you will about the justice and propriety of Iowa’s perennial first-in-the-nation shot at naming presidential front-runners, the state’s caucuses have a lot going for them as democratic experiences. Compared with a typical primary process that involves stepping into a booth, pulling a few levers, and walking away in anti-climax after a few minutes of voting, the caucuses are prolonged and social events. They allow citizens to engage, lobby, and persuade one another.
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Friday, December 30, 2011
Iowa: The People's Caucus
As caucus craziness reaches its peak here in Iowa, the Occupy movement has not been left out. As the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday in a notably favorable top-of-the-front-page story :
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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Why America’s 99% Have Rebelled
If you haven't seen it yet, you owe yourself a visit. If you're already familiar with it, go back to remind yourself why the #Occupy movement is so powerful.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
War: The Wrong Jobs Program
More than 40 years ago, long before anyone had ever heard of Barack Obama, before the collapse of Bear Stearns, and before contemporary debates about bailouts and debt ceilings, two authors, Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy, considered a tricky problem . In times of downturn, the government must spend to stimulate the economy.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Bank Transfer: Successful
This past Saturday was “ Bank Transfer Day ,” a day of action in which thousands of people moved their money from “too big to fail” banking titans into credit unions and smaller regional banks.
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Niall Ferguson, Defender of the 1%
Conservative historian and Harvard professor Niall Ferguson has a funny habit. He asserts himself as a timely political commentator by weighing in on a debate about a hot contemporary problem. But then he proposes policy measures so dramatically inappropriate to the issue at hand that his comments become the opposite of timely. Antonyms such as untimely or inopportune don’t quite capture it. He is willfully, stubbornly wrong at exactly the right moment—when the wrongness of his thinking could hardly be more evident.
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