David Schweickart

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David Schweickart

David Schweickart is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, with earned Ph.D.’s in Mathematics and Philosophy.

His primary areas of research are Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy and Economics and Marxism. His primary exposition of Economic Democracy, Against Capitalism, has been translated into both Spanish and Chinese.

Dr. Schweickart has served[1]as faculty advisor of Loyola’s Amnesty International chapter and the Loyola Organization in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, and has co-chaired the Committee on the Racial Climate at Loyola. He is an active member and program organizer for the Conference of North American and Cuban Philosophers and Social Scientists, as well as the Radical Philosophy Association.

DSA Economics of Socialism Working Group

In early 1999 Schweickart taught at Loyola University in Chicago and his writings were used by the DSA Economics of Socialism Working Group.[2]

Boston DSA forum

Rich Rosen David, Schweickart, Noemi Gizpenc

A Boston Democratic Socialists of America Forum "After Capitalism: Socialist Alternatives-A discussion with David Schweickart" was held March 3, 2005 at the Tellus Institute 11 Arlington Street, Boston.


  • Ellen Frank,writes the regular “Doctor Dollar” column for Dollars and Sense magazine, and is Senior Economic Analyst at the Poverty Institute at Rhode Island College. She is the author of The Raw Deal: How Myths and Misinformation about the Deficit, Inflation and Wealth Impoverish America, and a member of Democratic Socialists of America.
  • Noemi Gizpenc, MIT ’98, has worked as a research assistant at the World Bank and currently at Ownership Associates Inc., a consulting form addressing the needs of companies with employee ownership. Noemi is a coordinating member of the Sustainable Future Forum, an action and discussion group on issues of sustainability.
  • Pasqualino Columbaro, has been active in the trade union movement in the U.S. and Italy for many years. Chair of the New Priorities Committee of Jobs with Justice, he helped organize last year’s Boston Social Forum.[3]

China conference

David Schweickart attended[4]the Fifth Forum of Humanities and Social Sciences of China at Renmin University in Beijing in June 2005. He presented a paper, "Marx's Democratic Critique of Capitalism, and Its Implications for China's Developmental Strategy"

2006 CCDS Convention

David Schweickart addressed the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism 5th National Convention, July 21-23, 2006.

The "Socialist Vision" panel featured:[5]

DSA membership

In 2008 David Schweickart was a member[6]of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

David Schweickart of Loyola University Chicago signed the statement.[7]

"After Capitalism"


David Schweickart is the author of "After Capitalism".

US Social Forum

In June 2010, groups from all over the country in Detroit for the U.S. Social Forum. They presented over 1000 workshops on topics as diverse as American foreign policy, the economic crisis, global warming, and trade unionism. Democratic Socialists of America presented five workshops, including "Socialism is the Alternative" — DSA members Joseph Schwartz and David Schweickart, Communist Party USA representative Libero Della Piana, Committees of Correspondence representative Carl Davidson, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization representative Eric See discussed a vision for 21st century socialism, why it is still relevant, and how we can promote unity among socialist organizations. The room for this workshop had to be expanded to accommodate the large audience.[8]

Online University of the Left


The Online University of the Left, a new `Left Unity’ project, was initiated by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism in 2012. It’s core orientation is Marxist, but it contains teaching resources reflecting the full range of views on the wider left. About 50 left academics are involved in the core group so far-Richard Wolff, David Schweickart, Rose Brewer, Timothy Johnson, Gregory Morales, Bill Tabb, Ellen Schwartz, Jerry Harris, Linda Alcoff, Dana Cloud, Gar Alperovitz, to name a few.

One of the OUL’s key aims is to solve this problem of scattered resources, creating a web portal that will bring much of this valuable material together in one spot in cyberspace.

Carl Davidson is lead organizer.[9]