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 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.


The Best Education Our Money Can Buy

Taxpayers are subsidizing the private universities that service America’s rich.

‘Only the Little People’ Face the Law

The White House wants crackdowns on poor people who break federal laws on immigration. Why not a crackdown on the rich who scoff at tax laws?

Right-Wingers Want Us to Accept Inequality and Move On

They say the fight for a more equitable society isn’t worth the trouble.

This Trump Appointee Says He’s Standing Up for ‘Bullied’ CEOs

Fortune 500 chiefs make twice as much in a month as U.S. workers make in a decade. But any move to require corporations to document that disparity would be shameful, a new Trump appointee argues.

Inequality Was Responsible for the Depth of the Great Recession

The deeply unequal America of 2006 had a greater proportion of low-wealth households than the America of earlier postwar decades — that contrast really mattered.

America’s Construction Carnage

Some of the same factors that make Wall Streeters fabulously rich are making construction work tragically unsafe.

Mnuchin’s Misplaced $100 Million

Trump’s pick for treasury secretary isn’t the only one rich enough to lose track of millions. There’s an enormous disparity in corporate pay and some states are ready to take action.

UK Labour Party Proposes a Maximum Wage Gap

The UK Labor Party has revived an FDR-era aspiration of imposing a maximum wage on the highest earners, among other radical proposals to stem inequality.

Trump and His CEO Pals are Ready to Wage Class War

Donald Trump and the business kingpins populating his inner circle want to slice the tax bill of America’s top 0.1 percent.

Trump’s Cabinet Will Be the Richest In American History

These deep pocket picks reflect the harsh reality of America’s unequal distribution of wealth.

Should We Assign the Super-Rich Their Own Tax Collectors?

America could learn a lot from Britain’s handling of high-end taxpayers.

Why We Need to Worry about Wilbur Ross

America’s next secretary of commerce may be a private equity kingpin who owes his fortune to a career of manipulating American workers.

 Inequality Gave Rise to Donald Trump’s Presidency

 But few of the 60 million Americans who cast their votes for Trump want to see a more top-heavy America.

Homes Are Getting Smaller While the Wealth Gap Gets Larger

Tiny house advocates say they’re reducing their ecological footprints, but the extremely rich beneficiaries of this concentration pose a greater threat to our environment.

Why 2016 May See a Record Top 1%

America’s top earners will be rushing to maximize their 2016 income if Democrats gain a sweep in November. But what happens next will be what really matters.

Why Our Kids Are Coming in Last Place

New global research links income inequality to the poor fitness of America’s youth.

Still Feeling the Great Recession?

A more equal distribution of wealth would make downturns in the economy less devastating.

Executive Excess 2016: The Wall Street CEO Bonus Loophole

A new Institute for Policy Studies report is the first to calculate how much taxpayers have been subsidizing executive bonuses at the nation’s largest banks.

Executive Excess 2016: The Wall Street CEO Bonus Loophole

This 23rd annual report reveals how taxpayers are subsidizing financial crisis windfalls.

Big Pharma Needs a Cure for its Tax Allergy

Pharmaceutical execs are getting incredibly rich making life-saving medications incredibly expensive.