OSHR 3139 - Everything About Politics: Or, Why the U.S. at Its Best Beats All the Rest (Perk Series Lecture)

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Plato first wrote about it; Aristotle commented on it: Muslims, Chinese and Hindus talk about it; Alexander Hamilton and James Madison understood it, Eleanor Roosevelt urged FDR to practice it; and currently NATO employs it in dealing with Vladimir Putin. The"it," to which reference is made is the constant requirement in political affairs to compensate for, and protect against, the basic human flaws which are the enemy of civilization - greed and the abuse of power. This lecture will trace the efforts by our species, especially Americans, to handle this problem.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Robert Lawrence


Robert Lawrence has served in the U.S. Air Force, and worked at think tanks such as the Hudson Institute and Stanford Research Institute. He has taught political science at the University of Kansas, Texas Tech University, University of Arizona, CU, CSU, and of course Osher. Bob is an expert in nuclear issues, and Professor Emeritus at CSU.