David Schweickart

David Schweickart (born 1942) is an American mathematician and philosopher. He holds a BS in Mathematics from University of Dayton, a PhD in Mathematics from University of Virginia, and a PhD in Philosophy from Ohio State University. He currently is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.[1]

He has taught at Loyola since 1975. He was a visiting professor of mathematics at the University of Kentucky from 1969 to 1970, and a visiting professor of philosophy at the University of New Hampshire from 1986 to 1987. He has also lectured in Spain, Cuba, El Salvador, Italy, and the Czech Republic, as well as throughout the United States. In 1999, Schweickart was named Faculty Member of the Year at Loyola University Chicago.

He is an editor and contributing writer to SolidarityEconomy.net, an online journal dedicated to economic democracy.

Economic democracy

In After Capitalism and other works, Schweickart has developed the model of market socialism he refers to as "economic democracy". In his own words "Economic Democracy is a market economy."[2] It embodies several key ideas:

The firms and factories are owned by society and managed by the workers. These enterprises, so managed, compete in markets to sell their goods. Profit is shared by the workers. Each enterprise is taxed for the capital they employ, and that tax is distributed to public banks, who fund expansion of existing and new industry.


In 2006, Schweickart wrote a detailed critique of 'participatory economics' called Nonsense on Stilts: Michael Albert's Parecon. He claimed three fundamental features of the economic system are flawed.[3]

Published works

  • After Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002) - ISBN 0-7425-1300-9
  • Market Socialism: The Debate Among Socialists, with Bertell Ollman, Hillel Ticktin and James Lawler (Routledge, 1998)
  • Against Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 1993; Spanish translation, 1997; Chinese translation, 2003)
  • Capitalism or Worker Control? An Ethical and Economic Appraisal (Praeger, 1980)

See also


  1. "Professor: Capitalism To Blame For Layoffs". The Telegraph-Herald. 18 November 1985. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  2. Schweickart, David (July 23, 2002). "Chapter 5: Economic Democracy: Why We Need It; 5.7: Ecology, p. 156". After Capitalism. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  3. http://dschwei.sites.luc.edu/parecon.pdf
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