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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Before His Time, a Billionaire Passes On

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The World Would Be a Better Place Without the Rich

They coarsen our culture, erode our economic future, and diminish our democracy. The ultra-rich have no redeeming social value.

Confronting Climate Change in a Deeply Unequal World

The global reaction to two landmark new reports suggests the world could well lose that confrontation.

Nostalgia for NAFTA? Our Wealthy Will Have Plenty

Over the last quarter-century, new data from Forbes makes clear, NAFTA has helped create an incredibly rich people-friendly economic order.

Share the Wealth? Of Course. But When?

Redistribution via the tax code, progressives on both sides of the Atlantic are realizing, only takes us so far. We need to start limiting inequality before it can dig in.

The ‘Unintended Consequences’ of Letting the Rich Get Richer

Our politics needs to face up to inequality’s deep-set impact on all of us as individuals.

Does the United States Have a ‘Strong’ Economy?

For average Americans, the U.S. economy hardly merits any kudos. Two new data dumps make that reality even plainer.

Our New Gilded Statistical Golden Age

We know a great deal more about how unequal we’ve become than our progressive forbears did in America’s original Gilded Age. But can data fuel a fight for a more equal world?

Taxpayers Are Footing the Bill for Sky-High CEO Salaries

Billions in taxpayer funds go to CEOs who pay their workers peanuts. We can change that.

Would You Recognize a Plutocracy If You Saw One?

A handy guide for understanding when a democracy ceases to be particularly democratic.

If Your Boss Makes Millions, It’s Not Because of the ‘Market’

On average, America’s CEOs make 312 times what their workers take home — and that has nothing to do with supply and demand.

The Market Made Them Do It

Corporate boards are asking us to blame sky-high CEO pay on the laws of supply and demand.

Creating Pension Plan Chaos for Teachers, Firefighters, and Cops

Hedge fund billionaires have been feasting off the futures of public employees – and the publics they serve.

A Stunning Glance at the Geography of U.S. Income Inequality

New Economic Policy Institute research exposes just how top-heavy many of the places Americans call home have become.

Can a Cap Be Placed on the Incomes of the Super-Rich?

Would this help reduce income inequality were it come to pass?

A Sweet New Century for America’s Most Privileged

America’s elected leaders haven’t ignored inequality since 2000. They’ve made it spectacularly worse.

Minimum Wage? It’s Time to Talk About a Maximum Wage

Conservatives try to laugh off the idea of capping executive pay – but it’s an idea with a distinguished history.

Still Another Reason to Cheer LeBron James

An iconic basketball superstar reminds us that raising taxes on the rich will not end civilization as we know it.

Why ‘Janus’ Figures to Juice Income Inequality in America

Any court ruling that limits how effectively unions can bargain on behalf of workers, even mainstream economists recognize, concentrates wealth at our economic summit.

Corporate Wage Theft is on the Rise

Executives have a powerful incentive to cheat their workers: to pad their own exorbitant paychecks.