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.


They Can’t Stop Beethoven, Can They?

For the grasping managers of Corporate America – and the institutions their wealth dominates – no workers deserve dignity, not even the most amazingly accomplished.

The Wealthy’s Free Pass

Our tax code pads the bottom line of the Americans who need help the least.

These Hedges Need Trimming

Are hedge funds a financial service or a racket?

Money Still Can’t Buy Happiness

And we finally have a nation that’s taking that reality to heart.

A Primer for Taming Corporate Power

For social change, slow and steady may win the race.

How We Pay for CEO “Performance”

A gaping tax loophole pads executive pay and the federal debt.

Austerity Will Leave Us Crying ’96 Tears’

But America’s wealthy don’t seem to mind.

Tracking CEO Pay

The most important executive compensation indicator is the gap between what CEOs and their workers are paid.

The Art of Inequality

Monumental gifts to museums are coinciding with the erosion of arts programs at the nation’s public schools.

Shouldn’t We Base Our Tax Policy on More than Hunches?

The latest economic evidence supports raising taxes on the richest Americans.

A Wall Street Powerhouse Attorney Talks Sense

Taxes can do more than simply raise revenue.

Happy Birthday, Dear Income Tax

Here are five lessons for progressives from our first century of income taxes.

The fiscal cliff … of ’32

Eighty years ago, just like today, a fiscal crisis almost totally dominated the nation’s capital.

In Fact, Fairly Taxing the Rich Won’t Scare Them Away

Recent research debunks some of the most common arguments against raising taxes on the richest Americans.

For Pete’s Sake, What’s Happened to Our Democracy?

One billionaire has the wherewithal to totally redirect America’s political discourse.

To Move Forward, We Must Learn from Our Progressive Past

Yesterday’s ideas about curbing the ultra-rich’s power remain just as relevant as ever.

Another Side of Inequality

A vast gulf between the rich and the rest of us is incompatible with democracy.

The Return on Those Bad Bets on Romney

Billionaires can win politically even when they lose on Election Day.

The Invisible Hand Won’t Stop Inequality in Its Tracks

We’ll have more economic and climate disasters on Sandy’s scale unless our political systems intervene.

The Dead-End Servant Economy

We’re going down the road toward becoming a nation of servants.