Political Science Syllabus

To avoid the Bambi and Thumper go to Washington syndrome, here's my suggestions for establishing the philosophical substance that modern day colleges and universities evade.

Politics by Other Means / International Matters

Check out writings by Dr. G.L.Atkinson, CDR USN (Ret.)  and RADM Mark Hill at The New Totalitarians.

Read Sun Tzu's The Art of War 
All warfare is based on deception. 
Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.

Hold out baits to entice the enemy.  Feign disorder, 
and crush him.

If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him.  
If he is in superior strength, evade him.

If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to 
irritate him.  Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.

If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. 
If his forces are united, separate them.

Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where 
you are not expected.

These military devices, leading to victory, 
must not be divulged beforehand.

Read the darker On War by General Carl Von Clausewitz

Read Anatolily Golitsyn's New Lies for Old or at least read the summary offered in Origins of the Fourth World War by JR Nyquist. Golitsyn the  Colonel who defected from the Soviet Union in 1961 warning of a 40 year plan to defeat the US. The scheme included a massive deception operation (see Sun Tzu again) including orchestrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, false conflicts with China, luring the US into a war of economic attrition in Afghanistan...all toward the purpose of destroying the USA.

Domestic Politics

Listen to free audio book, The Market for Liberty by Linda & Morris Tannehill 

Read L. Neil Smith's novel Pallas.and collection of essays,  Lever Action

Absolutely essential for any American, Atlas Shrugged.

John Ross' shocking novel Unintended Consequences


Have your social causation foundations shaken by Robert Prechter's presentation at the London School of Economics,  Toward a New Science of Social Prediction.

Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson