Mark Engler is a senior ana­lyst with For­eign Pol­i­cy In Focus, an edi­to­r­i­al board mem­ber at Dis­sent, and a con­tribut­ing edi­tor at Yes! Mag­a­zine. Paul Engler is found­ing direc­tor of the Cen­ter for the Work­ing Poor, in Los Ange­les. Their new book is This Is an Upris­ing: How Non­vi­o­lent Revolt Is Shap­ing the 21st Cen­tu­ry.
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The Immigrant Rights and Climate Justice Movements are Impractical—And That’s a Good Thing
Now what we need, more than ever, are social movements that challenge the notion of what is possible
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The Recipe For A Successful Protest Movement
It's much more than a sheer numbers game: movements need a combination of mass disruption and sacrifice in order to take off.
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Reagan and Gorbachev Didn’t Tear Down the Berlin Wall
Don't be fooled by the mainstream narrative: The 1989 revolutions weren't just byproducts of extraordinary historical circumstances. Change happens when activists seize a moment and escalate.
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Lessons for Today’s Social Movements from Gandhi’s Salt March
At the time of Mohandas Gandhi's salt satyagraha, he was accused of a major strategic blunder. But the action was actually hugely successful—and offers lessons for movements today.
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How To Duplicate the Sweeping Victory of Gay Marriage
Other social movements can use a similar 'civil resistance' strategy.
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Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?
The strengths and weaknesses of prefigurative politics.
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Rethinking ‘Rules for Radicals’
In 2014, would Saul Alinsky himself even be playing by the book?
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Before King Was Pacifist
MLK's embrace of nonviolent protest was the result of a complex moral evolution.