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Harry Potter Shaped my Libertarian Thought

How J.K. Rowling Planted my Disdain for Government Intervention in 2003

Though I never fully realized it until late-2011, I had a disdain for government intervention, especially in the educational system, since 2003.

 
Compulsory, government-approved education. This came straight out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007, but when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came out in 2003, with the addition of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Delores Umbridge, Rowling told us of the dangers of government interference.

 
I’m honestly unsure if Rowling intended this or not, since I’ve heard from numerous sources she leans rather liberal, which here in the States, your liberal-leaning progressives want everyone under the statist umbrella of government education. Which of course, is by force, much like how the Death Eaters forced all young witches and wizards to attend Hogwarts.

 
What’s even more frightening is the fact the kids who were Muggle-born were seized and driven off to who knew where.

 
But, the key factor here is government forcing individuals to abide by their will. Whether Rowling knew it or not, she exposed to one of the largest book series fanbases in history the dangers of big government, and what happens when the corrupt take power.
Doesn’t that sound familiar.

 

Corrupt Presidential Administration in America

Like Ron Paul, I agree that the Trump administration is nothing more than a continuation of the Obama administration, which in turn was a continuation of the George W. Bush administration, which was a continuation of the Clinton administration.

 
Hey, I know most of you are Republicans or Democrats and want to hammer me for this, but here’s a common denominator:

 
1. Civil liberties are still being lost under Trump, which expanded under Obama, which greatly expanded under Bush.

 
2. Clinton bombed Somalia, Bush led us into Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama led us into Libya and Syria, and Trump’s beating war drums with Iran.

 
3. The national debt has increased since the Clinton administration and has not stopped, though it was briefly balanced under Clinton.

 
4. I’m not sure how many bombs Clinton dropped, but Bush dropped 70,000, Nobel “Peace Prize” winning Obama dropped 100,000, and Trump’s dropped about 45,000.

 
Each Party has one excuse: The previous administration made us do it.

 

Those Who are Best Equipped for Power are Those Who Don’t Seek It

Albus Dumbledore said something like this in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but it reigns supreme in real life.

 
Tom Riddle sought power and look what happened. Riddle, known by many as Lord Voldemort, wanted power from a young age, seized it, and what happened?

 
Nothing good.

 
I’ve always joked, yet at the same spoken the truth that most politicians on both the Right and Left would be sorted into Slytherin. Sure, there are good Slytherins, as one can be ambitious in many ways, but it still includes those who are ambitious for power.

 
Donald Trump? Slytherin.

 
John McCain? Slytherin.

 
Hillary Clinton? Slytherin.

 
Jacob Rothschild? Slytherin.

 
I’d love for these people to take a Pottermore Hogwarts House quiz. Nothing would expose these cats more, and the masses (many of whom have at least heard of Harry Potter) would actually be able to see through the ruse of all these crooks.

 
Now, imagine if someone became President or was elected into the House or Senate who never sought it?

 
Far-fetched?

 
Do you know what made Dr. Ron Paul seek office?

 
He saw the corruption in Congress. In fact, he saw the corruption in Ronald Reagan, which is why he was the Libertarian Nominee for President in 1988, when Reagan’s Vice President, ex-CIA Director George H. W. Bush became the Republican nominee, making it farther along the line than a New York Real Estate Tycoon named Donald Trump, who first ran for President back in 2000.

 
Not too many people know that Trump failed to secure even a nomination for a Third Party back in 2000. He ran as a member of the Reform Party. In fact, Trump had considered running for President in 1988, the year after he received a massive bailout from globalist Jacob Rothschild at the urging of Wilbur Ross.

 
You might want to research both Ross and Rothschild, just a suggestion.

 

Delores Umbridge and Government Schools

Anyway, as I was saying, back in 2003 the seed was planted in my mind. J.K. Rowling will likely never know it, but she planted the seed that eventually spawned my disdain for government schools.

 
As mentioned earlier, this didn’t happen until 2011, after my days as a Socialist ran its course, but I remember reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at a young age and thinking, Wow, how bad would it be if the government ran our schools?

 
Welp, my naïve twelve-year-old self would eventually find out the government does run our schools and teaches us the following:

 
1. A slanted, state-approved curriculum that’s uniformed across all segments, with higher-level classes teaching the same material at a faster pace. Not much difference there. State (Ministry) approved text.

 
2. Rewarding repetition and accurate memory. Reading and memorizing defense theory in each class.

 
3. Truth comes from authority. Cedric Diggory’s death was a tragic accident.

 
4. Intelligence is the ability to remember and repeat. If one studies the theory properly.

 
5. Non-Compliance is Punished. I must not tell lies.

 
6. Conform Intellectually and Socially. You will read Chapter One. There will be no need to talk.

 
Let’s face it, J.K. Rowling gave us Libertarians a blueprint when it comes to criticizing public education whether she realizes it or not. She single-handedly exposed the dangers of what happens when the government, or in the case of Harry Potter, the Ministry of Magic, interferes with public education.

 
And, predictably, the Ministry’s interference was a complete disaster. Not only did the Ministry hide (and refuse to believe) the truth of Lord Voldemort’s return, the Wizarding World as a whole believed the Ministry’s lie.

 
Again, sound familiar?

 

Lies the American Government Told Me

What wars has America fought over the past seventy years been based on truth?

 
Even 9/11, if anything else, even if the official story one days holds true (which it doesn’t) was retaliation for US intervention in the region since the 1940’s when the CIA wanted to build an oil pipeline in Syria.

 
You read that right.

 
The sheer lies told to us by politicians, from Donald Trump to Barack Obama to George Bush regarding foreign intervention, the (un) Patriot Act, the boom-bust business cycle brought on by the Fed, the price of inflation, the lowering of living standards while the cost of living has gone up is astounding.

 
But people just keep on voting, believing the government is right and knows what’s best for us. Guys, the government’s track record is worse than the recent history of the Cleveland Browns when it comes to keeping Americans safe, upholding civil liberties, upholding the Bill of Rights, and hiding the truth on the true reason America is intervening in the Middle East (research Genie Energy and their Board of Directors).
Whether J.K. Rowling realizes it or not, she has indeed written a blueprint for all of us to follow and was the primary influence in getting me to write, and for all of my works to pass a Libertarian message.

 
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What is Shotball?

I Took a Page Out of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series

Quidditch has become so popular there’s actually a professional league calling itself Major League Quidditch (MLQ) and while there are some aspects of the game I like and dislike, I’m amazed by how the sport has come to life. Living in the Pittsburgh area, if they ever “awarded” the city a franchise, I’d be one of the first to tryout.

 
Who knows?

 
Maybe we’d pull a Vegas Golden Knights and make the finals in our inaugural season?
Sure, the Golden Knights of the NHL didn’t win the Stanley Cup, but no one other than a few bettors thought the Knights would do anything this season than keep the basement warm in the NHL West’s Pacific Division’s standings.

 
Instead, they almost won the whole thing, if it wasn’t for those pesky Capitals.

 
Anyway, in Lord of Columbia, I too invented a sport called shotball.

 
While shotball isn’t by any means like Quidditch, it is intergender and it’s intra-school, so a couple elements were taken from Rowling.

 
However, when one looks at the big picture, they’ll easily see my main influence behind shotball was college football, as the bands play, rivalries are heated, and TV networks broadcast the games.

 
So, what is shotball?

 
Shotball is played on a traditional football field with two soccer goals beyond the goal line. We have eleven players per side at the following positions: center attacker, right-wing attacker, and left-wing attacker. Right and left-wing centers, and two right and left-centers. Two defenders, a wanderer, and a goal keeper.

 
Okay, so the defenders can only play on the defensive side of the field, from the fifty-yard line to their own goal. The centers play between the twenty-five-yard lines on both ends of the field, and the attackers must remain on the offensive side of the fifty. The wanderer is the only player allowed to play anywhere on the field, like a queen on a chessboard. If anyone encroaches forbidden zones, it’s on offsides.

 
There are three ways to score in shotball: a throw equals one point, a kick equals two, and a dropkick, or if a player bounces to another who then kicks the ball into the net, is worth three points.

 
The penalties were influenced by hockey, where we have two-minute minors, four-minute double-minors, five-minute majors, and misconducts. Common penalties are blocks in the back, holding, interference, roughing the passer, tripping, taunting, targeting (hit to the head or neck area), too many players on the field, etc. If a player commits a penalty, they must head to the sideline for two, four, or five minutes while the other team is awarded a power play.

 
Forward passing is legal and encouraged. There are no points awarded for crossing the goal line; the player must score a goal.

 
There is one rule that makes this game unique: If a team is in possession of the ball and they step out of bounds, they keep possession, much like American football. For instance, if a center throws to an attacker and the attacker runs out of bounds, the team possessing the ball may inbound from the spot where the player stepped out of bounds, and the clock also stops.

 
Another rule that sets shotball apart is if a player is tackled in the field of play, they have three seconds to give up the ball or possession is awarded to the other team. The tackled player is allowed to give the ball up to their teammates to retain possession, but it must be within three seconds or the play is blown dead and the opposing team is awarded possession.

 
So, there you have it, a basic rundown of my main sport that will be appearing in Lord of Columbia. Like Rowling’s Quidditch, the sport is fictional, however, it doesn’t contain the magical elements of Quidditch and, unfortunately, only one ball is involved.

 
I added shotball in as a distraction for my reader that operates as a subplot to the novel. I do this for one reason: Sports act as a distraction for us. Hey, when my Cleveland Browns are playing, despite their abysmal record, nothing else, not even the Deep State or the Rothschild syndicate matters. I’m watching my Browns. The same thing applies to shotball. The goal is to provide a pleasant distraction from Lord of Columbia’s darker main plot.

 
I’d like to thank all my readers for coming to my blog, please come back soon and if you have enough willing friends, feel free to give my sport a try!

Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for any serious injuries that may come about!

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