Veteran labor journalist and Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow Sam Pizzigati co-edits Inequality.org, 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 four 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 2012 title, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970, explores how average Americans ended the nation’s original Gilded Age. Sam’s most recent book, The Case for a Maximum Wage, offers a politically plausible path toward ending that Gilded Age’s second coming.

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The Rich and Those Who Serve Them, Then and Now

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Some Corporate-Suite Context for the Fun and Games at GameStop

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Greed in the Suites, from Walgreens to Walmart

Donald Trump may have made his exit, but the CEOs his years smiled upon haven’t gone anywhere.

In 2021, Let’s Ring a Global Alarm — on Inequality — That Everyone Can Hear

Our task ahead: preventing a deeply unequal world from recreating pre-pandemic business as usual.

Our Youngest ‘Self-Made’ Billionaire, Our Wealthy’s Oldest Bogus Claim

The super rich owe their super fortunes to factors that have little to do with ‘genius.’

Nothing Fundamental Will Change Without Mass Movements

Real change only happens, the New Deal era suggests, when a president’s ear is hearing the shouts of mass movements.

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The Rain on Our Yes-We-Now-Have-a-Vaccine! Parade

What could be better than a drug that can stop COVID? A society that doesn’t let someone make billions off a drug millions can’t access.

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The problem runs even deeper than Donor Class donations.

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The longer the law remains on the books, the tighter the squeeze on funding for state and local public services.

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The Biden Tax Plan: The More Progressives Look, the More Progressives Like

This package of serious tax-the-rich proposals will have no easy road through Congress.

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If current distributional trends continue, new Fed wealth data suggest, our future divides will be even wider.

Can You Imagine Ivanka Trump Consulting for a Pizza Parlor?

At tax time in a plutocratic America, anything goes for a family like the Trumps.

Let’s Start Debating What Deeply Dooms Democracy: Concentrated Wealth

Why we need to shove inequality onto America’s political center stage.

Remembering Ike, Our Unexpected Egalitarian

Former president Dwight Eisenhower deserves his new memorial. We deserve the greater economic equality he worked to help achieve.

Why Don’t People Call You a Genius? You Don’t Have a Billion Dollars.

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