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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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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Friday, October 21, 2011
The Future of the #Occupy Movement: Solidarity and Escalation
A month after it began with a few hundred people marching on Wall Street, the #Occupy movement has grown to include tens of thousands of participants throughout the country and has captured headlines around the world .
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Thursday, October 06, 2011
How #OccupyWallStreet Is Evolving and Gaining Power
#OccupyWallStreet is evolving. Now in its third week, the protest movement not only continues to grow—it is maturing and becoming stronger in impressive ways.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Five Things That #OccupyWallStreet Has Done Right
#OccupyWallStreet protests are now well into their second week, and they are increasingly capturing the public spotlight. This is because, whatever limitations their occupation has, the protesters have done many things right.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Elbowed Out of Spotlight by 9/11, Anti-Globalization Movement Endures
Did the attacks of 9/11 end the movement against corporate globalization? A number of reflections written for the ten-year anniversary of the attacks have raised this question. And I think it presents some interesting challenges for those of us who think about social movements.
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Friday, September 02, 2011
Is “Free Trade” Obama's Jobs Plan?
After a slight scheduling kerfuffle , President Obama is now set to give a major speech on jobs before a joint session of Congress next Thursday, September 8.
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Friday, August 26, 2011
Dramatizing Obama's Climate Dilemma
President Obama now has a clear choice on climate change. Major energy corporations are seeking to build a 1700-mile oil pipeline from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas. The Keystone XL Pipeline would itself carry social and environmental costs: cutting through fragile ecosystems, creating risk of spills, and negatively affecting indigenous communities. But, most significantly, it would be a boon to efforts to exploit the tar sands.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011
The Verizon Strike as the Next Wisconsin
The picket lines are up. This past weekend 45,000 Verizon workers on the East Coast, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), went on strike. The cause of the strike was the company’s attempts to win massive concessions from the unions. Verizon argued that the employees should give up gains they had won over many years of struggle and negotiation in previous contract fights.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Starving Uncle Sam: Is the U.S. Teetering on the Edge of Bankruptcy?
America the destitute? It’s easy to picture the United States as a Hummer packed full of shopping bags, with supersized sodas in the cupholders and a plasma screen TV poking through the sunroof – a nation whose sins are those of excess. It feels stranger to depict the country as a pauper with its empty pockets pulled inside out.
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Thursday, August 04, 2011
Stopping Obama's Next Betrayal
The debt-ceiling debate has been a sad one for the Left—and also, in large part, a boring one. Boring because we haven’t had too much to add. As a friend said to me, you know things are bad when the New York Times liberals say pretty much all there is to say. In this case, they have. Paul Krugman noted that the debt deal
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