About Howard Schweber

Howard Schweber is an associate professor of political science and law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is the author of books on the First Amendment, American legal history, and constitutional philosophy, and articles on numerous subjects. Before becoming a college teacher, at various times in the past he has worked as a lawyer, a construction worker, a social worker, a janitor, and playing piano in a bar in Jerusalem.  In 2005 he was a judge in the City of Madison's annual Halloween costume contest, and in 2008 he represented the Latke side in the annual Latke-Hammentaschen debate.

War Without End: Jabotinsky and the Zionist Right

By December 14, 2008

Among early Zionist writers, Ze’ev Jabotinsky stood out for the cruelty and compete amorality of his arguments.  His position was simple:  we want territory in Palestine, there is an indigenous Palestinian people living in that territory, we must crush them … Read More

Was Marx Right? The Auto Industry and the Bailout

By November 29, 2008

There are two reasons we need to bail out the auto industry.  The first, quite simply, is to buy time. Let’s say we agree that the American auto industry is doomed, and that a $25 billion bailout does nothing more … Read More

The Next Crisis: Higher Education

By November 25, 2008

The financial firms were first, now it’s the automakers. We hear estimates of anywhere from 1 million to 3 million jobs at stake, and other industries are lined up to make their own claims about their importance to the long-term … Read More

The Problem with Jewish Bigots

By November 21, 2008

It is a problem that will not speak its name. We all know that there is bigotry, prejudice, and intolerance in the American Jewish community; that much is inevitable, and that’s not the problem I’m talking about. The problem I’m … Read More

Where the Hell is Bailout Headed Now?

By November 17, 2008

The intellectual and political bankruptcy of the Bushadministration just keeps getting worse; for the next two months, that may be the most dangerous bankruptcy crisis of all. Secretary Paulson announced on Wednesday, November 11th thatthe $700 billion that Congress authorized … Read More

The Financial Crisis Part II

By November 11, 2008

This was supposed to be just a discussion of the financial crisis – the second part of a two-part post – but the day after the election there are a couple of things that need to be observed. First, it … Read More

The Financial Crisis in Six Easy Pieces

By November 11, 2008

The financial crisis, in six easy pieces: 1. Good Intentions. During the second Clinton term there was considerable political pressure to loosen the spigot of home lending, driven in part by a series of Justice Department investigations that revealed widespread … Read More

What Is Syria Up To?

By October 29, 2008

It’s difficult to put all the pieces together, and it is tempting to fall into one of several made-to-order narratives. Which might, in fact be true – but that doesn’t mean that they are complete.First, the basics. American troops attacked … Read More