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.

A Game Changer in Pakistan?

By October 12, 2009

Last week, Taliban-affiliated forces launched an attack on the national headquarters of the Pakistani Army. The result was a firefight followed by a standoff with hostages that ended earlier today. This attack represents a game-changing moment for Pakistan, and by … Read More

Universal Single Payer Shamanistic Death Panels

By August 11, 2009

Back in the mid-1990s, American seniors were mobilized into action to resist a plan to reform the Medicare system – in fairly modest ways – by scare tactics and misrepresentations.  That time, of course, the losers of the exchange were … Read More

Sarah Palin, the First Amendment, and a Letter to Santa

By July 5, 2009

Dear Santa, I know I haven’t written in a while, but something has come up. Sarah Palin, through her attorney, is threatening to sue blogger and radio personality Shannon Moore for reporting the existence of rumors about a pending investigation … Read More

Iran’s Hard and Uncertain Road

By June 25, 2009

The courage and determination of the protestors in Iran are inspiring, and the brutality of the regime’s response is revolting.  The reminder that, as Fareed Zakaria recently put it, “What you know about Iran is wrong” could not be more … Read More

Representation, Empathy, and the Supreme Court

By May 19, 2009

As President Obama considers his nominee for the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a lot of the talk is about the desirability of appointing a woman or an Hispanic to the Court. There are two very different … Read More

Torture and the Problem of Constitutional Evil

By April 23, 2009

A year ago, in a blog post at Balkinization.com, Mark Graber discussed John Yoo’s role as an example of what he has called "the problem of Constitutional Evil." Graber’s point is that the assumption that anything that is "evil" is … Read More

Obama’s Biggest Initiative of All – Service Learning

By March 25, 2009

Nothing that the Obama administration has discussed thus far – not TARP or the purchase of a trillion dollars in government bonds, not a regional approach to peace negotiations in the Middle East, nor the idea of posting all future … Read More

Put Down the Damned Pitchforks!

By March 20, 2009

I am starting to be genuinely worried by the potential destructiveness of a growing torch-and-pitchfork mentality that is partly the result of cynical manipulation, partly a result of failures of understanding, and partly the result of perfectly justified but presently … Read More