Mark Engler
Mark Engler
Writer based in Philly, author of This Is An Uprising, editorial board at Dissent. He/him. On Facebook here: http://on.fb.me/ieaS5d.Source
Philadelphia, PA
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What Happens After Movement-Backed Politicians Take Office

What Happens After Movement-Backed Politicians Take Office

The past decade has marked an era of mass protest. From Occupy Wall Street to the Movement for Black Lives, from #MeToo to the anti-Trump resistance, from pro-immigrant marches to mobilizations around climate change — some of the largest protests in American history have helped transform public consciousness and placed issues of injustice on the public agenda. Yet they have not always translated into meaningful change at the level of legislation and public policy. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., city halls and state legislatures around the country are slow to act on movement demands, and the...

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Why Martin Luther King Didn't Run for President

Why Martin Luther King Didn't Run for President

Early in 1967, America was mired in an escalating war in Vietnam, presided over by President Lyndon B. Johnson. A collection of liberal leaders including anti-war Yale chaplain William Sloane Coffin, prominent socialist Norman Thomas and future Congressman Allard Lowenstein were determined to recruit a serious anti-war candidate to challenge Johnson in 1968.They believed they had the perfect prospect: Martin Luther King Jr.By 1967, King had gained stature as the nation’s preeminent civil rights leader. Against the advice of many, he was also speaking out against the Vietnam War, arguing...

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Stopping Obama's Next Betrayal - Shadowproof

Stopping Obama's Next Betrayal - Shadowproof

"LOYALTY | BETRAYAL" by Rory Finneren on flickr[Cross-posted from the blog at Dissent magazine.]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 that the debt dealwill damage an already depressed economy; it will probably make America’s long-run deficit problem worse, not better; and most important, by demonstrating that raw extortion works and...

August 3, 2011
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