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This page is intended to provide a list of suggested readings, both for general education background in a number of areas, and to follow up with some additional and deeper references. Also, we may offer an occasional mention, or review of current publications, or new releases that are of interest.


PLEASE submit any and all ideas you may have for this purpose to any member of the BRW Board. We welcome input from our members. If you've read something that has set your hair on fire, or even just piqued your interest that you feel others might be interested in, by all means send it to us. We are looking for short articles, references, or essays which speak to our general mission of becoming more successful in electing Republicans to office and advocating our conservative values. We hope the education pages will prove useful, enjoyable, and informative.


Conservative Thought & Policy Courses

Courses taught by Robert Kaufman, the fifth Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy (2017-2018)

Fall 2017 
Classes start Monday, August 28. 2017

Special Topics: Prudence and the Art of Statesmanship
PSCI 2028 MoWeFr: 10:00 a.m - 10:50 a.m. MUEN E417

Description: This course will use Aristotle's and Thomas Aquinas's notion of prudence as a point of departure for assessing statesmanship or the lack of it. The course will begin with theoretical readings, then delve into applying these principles to case studies spanning the centuries ---- from Pericles to President Obama. The case studies will include unbridled successes, tragic failures, and controversial statesmen who fall in between. The course strives to instill in the student the capacity to practice prudence as well as the ability as a voter to distinguish the prudent for the imprudent --- rightly understood. The course will conclude with a preliminary mediation of how Donald Trump ranks in the pantheon of prudence.

Modern Warfare: Terrorism, Ideology, Identity 
PSCI 4243 MoWeFr: 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. CLUB13

Description: Explores the evolution of warfare and origins of terrorism. Ideological and identity differences have come to the forefront of violent political conflicts while the emerging doctrine of warfare has placed civilians in the middle of modern conflicts. Tracks potential changes in the means of and reasons for fighting, roles of civilians and media, and rules of war. Prereq., PSCI 2223. Recommended prereq., PSCI 3193. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) only.


Students can register online at MyCUInfo.

Senior auditors (Colorado residents who are 55 or older) register here:

Registration information for non-senior auditors (adults aged 18-54):


One of the best answers to the Independent voters who say "I vote for the person, not the party" is Mike Rosen's column, republished every two to four years entitled "Why Party Trumps Person."

Here it is, to give you a few ideas for discussing this issue with less educated voters.

"Why Party Trumps Person" by Mike Rosen, from 2004


   With just 80 days to go before the election, it's time for my quadrennial column on party vs. person. I've been offering and updating this polemic for more than 20 years. For veteran voters, this may be review; for rookies, perhaps, a new concept.

   A time-honored cliche heard every election year goes something like this: "I'm an independent thinker; I vote the person, not the party." This pronouncement is supposed to demonstrate open-mindedness and political sophistication on the part of the pronouncer. It's your vote, cast it any way you like - or not at all. But idealism and naivete about the way our electoral process and system of government works shouldn't be mistaken for wisdom or savvy.

   For better or worse, we have a two-party system. And party trumps person. Either a Republican, George W. Bush, or a Democrat, John Kerry, is going to be elected president in November. No one else has a chance. Not Ralph Nader, not the Libertarian candidate, nor the Communist, nor the Green. Minor party candidates are sometimes spoilers - like Nader costing Gore the presidency in 2000 - but they don't win presidential elections. Ross Perot got 20 million popular votes in 1992, and exactly zero Electoral College votes.