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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Friday, May 06, 2011
Taboo Economics
I have a proposal: Let’s double US government funds devoted to promoting renewable energy. Let’s expand allocations for foreclosure prevention to help another million Americans keep their homes. Let’s launch a $10-billion infrastructure programme to repair crumbling roads and bridges. Let’s double the number of new maths and science teachers that President Obama hopes to train, bringing the total to 200,000.
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
US Military Spending Marches On
With a new Congress with a House controlled by Republicans who have trumpeted deficit reduction as one of their central priorities, it would be logical to expect that there might be trimming in one of the largest and most bloated areas of US government spending: the nation's $700bn military budget . However, the realities of Washington, DC are different than the rhetoric.
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Saturday, January 01, 2011
The 2010 Worth Remembering
It is a tragic fact: progressives are notoriously bad at celebrating their victories. Tragic, because when it comes to motivating people to take action, keeping evidence that collective organizing efforts can produce real changes—some small, some groundbreaking—is far more important than producing lists of new outrages and fresh causes for alarm.
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Friday, December 10, 2010
Obama's Tax Cut Debacle: When Compromise is the Enemy of the Good
I think we need a new aphorism or analogy to counter the old saying, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” This is the principle that President Obama has once again offered up, this time after disastrously caving in to the Republicans over tax cuts for the rich. A new, contrary adage should warn against compromising to the point at which you end up supporting something vile.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tax Cuts and Trade: Is Obama Triangulating?
It was about this far into his first term—back in late 1994 and early 1995—when President Bill Clinton truly fell under the spell of malevolent strategist Dick Morris. Stung by the heavy losses brought on by the “Republican Revolution” in the 1994 midterms, Clinton began to believe that his only route to reelection was to tack to the right and steal some of the conservatives’ thunder on issues like welfare reform and federal deficits.
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Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Organizing in the Internet Age
The Internet is no substitute for person-to-person organizing. But it is a tool that can be used by activists. And it is potentially a rather powerful tool.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Argentinean President Dies, Business Rejoices
Rarely do you see it put in such crass terms. On Wednesday Néstor Kirchner—former Argentinean president, projected contender in next year’s elections, and husband of current president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner—died suddenly of a heart attack. Business rejoiced. A Reuters article headlined “Argentine assets rise on death of ex-President Kirchner” read:
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
The Gulf at the Gas Station: Can We Calculate the True Cost of Our Dependence on Oil?
This might be an opportune time to make a disclosure: I am a BP shareholder. Admittedly, I've never attended the company's annual meeting, and if I did, I would have very little weight to throw around.
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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Hilda Solis: Protecting Workers, Not Corporations
Those who voted for "change you can believe in" in 2008 have found many reasons since Obama's inauguration to be disappointed with the new White House. But there have been some bright spots in the administration's first year as well-positive steps that illustrate the difference that a progressive-minded administration can make when it stands up to corporate interests and is unafraid to act in the public good. One well worth acknowledging as the administration's second year gets underway is the work of the Department of Labor under Secretary Hilda Solis.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Grading Obama on Honduran Coup: D
The June 28 coup in Honduras against democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya presented a crisis that would color the Obama administration's foreign policy outlook for all of the Americas — and would ultimately become one of the administration's most disappointing foreign policy failures of its first year.
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