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Basic Information

For FY18, The Marina and Larry Whittier Honors College Student Fellowship will go to an honors student who is genuinely interested in the big government versus small government debate that is forever ongoing. This fellowship, primarily concentrating on those who profess that small government is good, will challenge the student to read and learn about the ideas of Locke, Friedman, Hayek, Sowell, and Rand. A minimum of 100 hours must be spent on reading, viewing, and perhaps writing about the material given below. It is probably not likely that all of the material listed can be covered, but it is hoped that the student will make an enthusiastic, good-faith, regular effort to understand what these and other authors are saying.

The Honors Mentor for this fellowship is Jim Canning, Dean of the Honors College. The fellow will be expected to meet Jim for one hour per week, likely on Fridays at either 10:00 am or Fridays at 2:00 pm. All meetings will take place in O'Leary 300A1 - The Honors Thesis Room. During these meetings, I anticipate that the student would explain to Jim what has been read. On occasion, it would be useful for the student to prepare a lecture and then give the lecture to Jim.

Once the student has been identified, a reading plan will be created and work on the fellowship should start no later than July 1, 2017. Over the summer, the student can interact with Jim via email if it is not possible to meet in person on campus. The readings could start earlier than July 1st is the student is willing.

It is expected that Animal Farm by George Orwell will be the first text read.

The materials listed below will be augmented. The student will read a subset of the given material.

The student will not need to purchase any books. All books will be provided by Jim.

The student will also receive a simple, paper "research notebook". This notebook will be used to log a student's reading/viewing, record impressions, identify unknown words, and to doodle. Often, it is important to write/doodle what you are reading. It helps to break things down a bit. The student should come to every meeting with their notebook. 

The To Do List

Task Description ~Time LG LW CH
1 How to Read Critically by John Bird 15 m *    
2 View Episode 1: The Arrival. The Prisoner, Starring Patrick McGoohan (you tube)
(no longer on you tube)
52 m   * *
3 View Milton Friedman 1 3 m   * *
4 Read Animal Farm by George Orwell 3 h * * *
5 View Milton Friedman 2 24 m   * *
6 Read Anthem by Ayn Rand 3 h *   *
7 Read Introduction: The Great Disconnect - Capitalist Manifesto 45 m      
8 Read Preface: Communism: A History by Richard Pipes 4 m *    
9 Read: A Few Notes on Burkean Conservatism 45 m *    
10 Watch the movie: The Killing Fields. DVD can be found in your library. 2.5 h      
11 Read Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler 8 h      
12 Read these two paragraphs by Governor Bradford 4 m      
13 Watch this John Stossel Video 1: Thanksgiving. 8 m      
13 Read Chapter 1: Communism: A History: Communist Theory and Program 1 h      
14 Read End the Fed by Ron Paul         

Read Introduction, The Road to Serfdom, by F.A. Hayek (32 minutes)


1. Egalitarian

2. Penury

3. Guileless

4. Austere

5. Acquisitiveness

Communism: A History by Richard Pipes (6 hours)

Preface: (4 minutes)

Chapter 1: Communism Theory and Practice (45 minutes)

Chapter 2: Leninism

Chapter 3: Stalin and After

Chapter 4: Reception in the West

Chapter 5: The Third World

Chapter 6: Looking Back


1. Animal Farm by George Orwell ( 3 Hours )

2. Anthem by Ayn Rand ( 3 Hours )

3. Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

4. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (8 Hours)

5. Utopia by Thomas More


1. Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman

2. The 2nd Treatise on Civil Government by John Locke

3. Communism: A History by Richard Pipes (6 Hours)

4. The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek

5. Common Sense by Thomas Paine

6. The Capitalist Manifesto by Andrew Berstein

7. The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels

8. Applied Economics, Thinking Beyond Stage One by Thomas Sowell

9. The Thomas Sowell Reader

Where in the World

1. Venezuela

2. Hong Kong

3. Taiwan

4. Chile

5. North Korea