When we write we all have certain writing themes we wish to tackle, some of which encompass a single theme and others, a broader scope.
My themes, for instance, are about individualism, voluntarism, constitutionalism, and everything that I believe once made America great.
I’m a fan of private property rights, private ownership in general, minimal government, taxation, maximum gun rights (yes, I’m one of those nut jobs), religious freedom, freedom of expression, believe that standing armies and police are the single greatest threat to liberty and that the Bill of Rights is the single most powerful piece of legislation ever written.
I believe in freedom of travel, minimal public benefits or universal systems, free-market economics, union membership, and benefits on voluntary grounds only, that the deep state is definitely real, our presidents are owned, and the pharmaceutical/vaccine industry is a multi-billion-dollar propaganda machine.
I believe the CIA and FBI aren’t your friends, George Orwell was spot on when he wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four, foreign aid should be cut to all nations, a balanced budget amendment should be passed, the dollar should be placed back on the gold standard, that the IRS and Federal Reserve Bank, all central banks should be abolished, and US Representatives and Senators should make the median income of the state in which they reside.
I believe marriage should be up to the individual and not the state, abortion, for the most part, should be abolished unless something unusually extreme is going on as I’m in the individual right to life camp, animal abuse is wrong, and the death penalty should be abolished except in unusually extreme circumstances such as treason or counterfeiting.
I believe that war is a racket which only benefits special interests and weapons manufacturing companies, that America’s quest for empire is the single biggest culprit leading to the destruction of the dollar and the Middle Class, that NFL players have the right to kneel during the National Anthem, and that if NFL Owners wanted to stop this they should buy and maintain the playing venues themselves. Again, property rights.
Inserting into My Work
So, as you can see, my political views play a key role in my writing and are themes that I take to insert into my works.
Sure, my books are fantasy-based in nature but they all shine with such themes.
In fact, my Lord of Columbia Series takes many of these views throughout the first text of Northern Knights, where Cain and the others retreat to a Libertarian utopia while leaving behind a Soviet Union type of dystopia, only the leaders of such a dystopia is targeting the utopia, meaning war is on the way.
I make it clear early on from my work that the political side of me is going to shine, which some people will love and give me five stars all day while others will despise and be quick to one-star me.
Also something alarming to many is that I’m neither Right nor Left, as my list of views above certainly dictate, but are rather individualist or anti-collectivist in nature.
Something that has always turned me off about both Right and Left-Wing politics is the fact they’re both collectivists in a sense but anti-collectivist in another. Those such as I just want the government to stay out of our business one-hundred percent of the time.
And it rings true for my themes.
This is one of those articles that may rub some readers the wrong way but you can’t allow that to prevent you from writing about your beliefs and values in your work.
Instead, this might be the single greatest tool you can use to your advantage. Think about the number of people you can target to read your work. For me, it’s the Libertarian population, or those who are fans of Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Thomas Massie, Glenn Jacobs (Kane from WWE), and Justin Amash would be prime target readers.
Those on the Trump Train or those who miss Barack Obama would likely turn away from my work but still might find some value in it. Communists would hate it, and ditto for Socialists of all types.
Cop and military apologists would be wary, and while I’m neither anti-police nor anti-military (I believe in strong national defense so long as it’s within our own borders), it still speaks volumes that I’m against a government-funded monopoly called a police force and I definitely don’t fall for the lie that the military needs bases in 130 countries to protect people while they engage in perpetual war….Nineteen Eighty-Four, anyone?
Sharing My Book Themes
Look, you can disagree with everything I’ve written to this point regarding my own book themes but you should at least agree with the fact we all need for our themes to sing throughout our writings.
Nothing will help you find and keep an audience. Even if you have a strong plot, characters, and setting, a lot of people might read books for themes.
While fantasy is my favorite genre, if I like the theme, I’ll read the work time and again. I’ve often stated that while she’s not Libertarian, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series speaks Libertarian more than many think.
Here are a few examples:
1. Students and teachers are armed with weapons that can kill.
2. Hogwarts went to Hell when the Ministry interfered in it.
3. Ministry approved courses, per Dolores Umbridge, stated that it’s dangerous to use wands in class.
4. The Ministry believed no outside threat existed when Lord Voldemort returned and did an abysmal job at protecting the populace when they could no longer ignore his absence.
5. Rita Skeeter was as corrupt a journalist as one can become, which I believe is a shot at mainstream media, which in a way she symbolizes.
6. There’s a definite gold standard in the Wizarding World (inflation can’t exist with Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts).
7. Harry starts a student force and trains them for combat, which can correlate to gun safety and defense training.
8. Civil liberties within Hogwarts were continually usurped with each passing Educational Decree.
9. A well-regulated militia (Dumbledore’s Army) played a key role in three battles, winning two of them (Battle of the Department of Mysteries and Battle of Hogwarts). Two battles, (Battle of the Tower and Battle of Hogwarts) were fought to defend Hogwarts.
10. It’s implied that Hogwarts is a meritocracy, where success is rewarded, failure is punished, only those with certain ability may enter Hogwarts, and those with outstanding ability are made prefects, Head Boy or Girl, and only seven from each House are playing Quidditch (it’s never revealed in the series whether substitutions or line changes occur).
The message in this whole article is to be brave enough to state your views with confidence, find your audience who will find your views enticing, and you will have a readership regardless if fantasy is their genre.
Never write scared and always be one to allow your themes to shine through your text, and use genre for entertainment purposes only.
My goal with all my writing is to entertain and inform, entertaining my audience with the story, characters, and settings, while informing them on the deeper messages I try to relay in my texts.
Now, it’s your turn. If you’re on the cusp about inserting themes out of fear of judgment, remember that people are going to judge everything about your work whether you insert themes or not.