Veteran labor journalist and Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow Sam Pizzigati co-edits, the Institute’s weekly newsletter on our great divides. He also contributes a regular column to OtherWords, the IPS national nonprofit editorial service.

Sam, now retired from the labor movement, spent two decades directing the publishing program at America’s largest union, the 2.8-million-member National Education Association, and before that edited the national publications of three other U.S. trade unions.

Sam’s own writing has revolved around economic inequality since the early 1990s. His op-eds on income and wealth concentration have appeared in periodicals all around the world, from the New York Times to Le Monde Diplomatique.

Sam has authored three books and co-edited two others. His 2004 book, Greed and Good: Understanding the Inequality that Limits Our Lives, won an “outstanding title” honor from the American Library Association’s book review journal. His most recent book, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970, appeared in 2012.

A Maryland resident since 1975, Sam served on the founding board of directors of Progressive Maryland, a statewide labor and community coalition for social change.



For Minimum Decency, a Maximum Wage

Amid rising inequality, a new book argues, the notion of capping income has suddenly become politically plausible.

How to Get Rid of the Super-Rich

By leveraging the power of the public purse against corporations that pay their top execs outrageously more than their workers, we could help jump-start a democratic “New Economy.”

While the World's Billionaire's Evade Taxes and Swing Clubs, the Poor Pick Up the Slack

From Hong Kong to Los Angeles, people of ordinary means are squeezing into expensive housing and subsidizing country clubs for the golfing super rich.

The Black Hole of Concentrated Wealth is Sucking Up Talent

In everything from transportation to banking, people of modest means end up worse off when societies let wealth concentrate at our economic summit.

Health Over Wealth for the World's Richest — But What About the Rest of Us?

Big pharma brought in millions of dollars in profits through the overprescription of opioids. Is accountability for the 63,000 fatal overdoses they caused around the corner?

The Fake Frugality of the Fabulously Fortunate

Scratch a grand fortune, one common media trope likes to suggest, and you'll find a frugal lifestyle.

No CEO Should Earn 1,000 Times More Than a Regular Employee

Employees of at least five U.S. corporations would have to work more than a millennium to catch up with their CEO.

Billionaires Won’t Save the World — Just Look at Elon Musk

The "playboy genius" is essentially squandering taxpayer money on pet projects like Mars trips and flamethrowers.

A Media Mogul's Noble Challenge to Moguldom

The newspaper publishing giant E.W. Scripps would be deeply distressed to see what has become of his namesake company - and beloved country.

How Gary Cohn and Andrew Mellon Both Failed America

Mellon's failure greased the nation's way into a decade of Great Depression. Will Cohn's tax-cuts do the same?

Why We Need to Talk More About Economic Vulnerability

New OECD data reveals nearly 40 percent of people living across 28 of the world's developed countries are "economically vulnerable."

The Big Pharma Family that Brought Us the Opioid Crisis

Who will bring to justice the billionaires who have profited so royally from addiction?

Romance in an Age of Grand Fortunes

New research suggests large incomes can doom relationships right from the start.

Do the Poor Deserve Health Care? These Politicians Say No.

Billionaire-backed politicians are turning Kentucky's health care miracle into a tragedy.
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The Government Has Failed the Poor Time and Time Again. Now, They're Failing the Middle Class,Too.

Since 1980, government programs have been failing America's poor. The GOP tax legislation essentially re-engineers government to fail America's middle class, too.

The GOP’s Great Depression Tax Plan

What history will the 2017 tax clash end up making?

How to Stop a Tax Plan Rigged for the Rich

We can take a lesson from 1932.
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Trump's Tax Plan Taunts the Dignity of Labor

If it passes, this plan would have our national tax burden resting overwhelmingly on income from the labor of working people.

Don't Be Fooled By the Throw-Clayton-Kershaw-Under-the-Bus Tax Plan

the House GOP decided to keep the top federal income tax rate at 39.6 percent. But the really rich won’t be paying taxes at anywhere near that rate.

How To Stop Corporations from Blackmailing Congress

Local institutions should start leveraging their economic clout on behalf of the low- and moderate-income communities that surround them.

Associate Fellow

Institute for Policy Studies

Program on Inequality and the Common Good

Topics of Interest

Inequality, Politics, Wealth Concentration, Writing