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 Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Chase for a Coronavirus Vaccine

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Elon Musk and the Billionaire War on Public Health

The billionaire Tesla CEO made hundreds of millions more by illegally forcing his employees back to work in a pandemic.

Civil Disobedience, Billionaire-Style

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America’s Biggest CEOs Last Year Said They Cared About Us All. They Lied.

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A powerful industry is making workers choose between their lives and their jobs.

Shed No Tears for CEOs with Sinking Share Prices

In today’s corporate pay environment, even a global pandemic can’t deny chief executives their windfalls.

If the Rich Trust in Hydroxychloroquine, Should We?

In deeply unequal societies, figuring out who to believe will always be a challenge.

Millions Left Jobless By Coronavirus Get Extra $600 a Week

The wealthy argue safety net programs create an incentive for folks to stop working. They’re wrong, but especially so during pandemics like the coronavirus.

Bailing Out the Rich — Again

In a deeply unequal America, our democracy clearly has a problem legislating emergency relief without further enriching the already rich.

Why CEO Pay Belongs at the Center of the Coronavirus Bailout Debate

The fact that so many Americans are facing dire circumstances now is a direct result of the exploitation economy and we should take this opportunity to change it.

How to Wage War, FDR-Style, on Our Pandemic

Legislators proposing major stimulus packages must ensure bailout dollars are funneled to workers, not executives or shareholders.

Does the Coronavirus Crisis Have to End with a Wealthier Wealthy?

This time around, let’s use the power of the public purse to reduce inequality.

I Have an Issue with How Exit Polls Treat Issues

Polling questions that isolate ‘inequality’ do no justice to the social ills that ail us.

Why Do Cars Kill More People in Unequal Nations?

The dynamics of inequality have left our highways and byways more dangerous.

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Billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is just the latest deep pocket to laud how much he personally labors.

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Living in Inequality, Dying in Despair

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