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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?


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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The Eurean Kingdom (1)


Lord of Columbia’s Hidden Message

How I’m Looking to Go Head to Head with Rich Patriarchs

As stated before, Lord of Columbia is a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution, but it’s more than just that; it’s a manifesto for all of us to stand up to the rich and powerful who want nothing more than to curtail our liberties.

No, this definitely doesn’t have anything to do with Marxism, as Marxism simply puts power into the hands of the state…aka…the rich and powerful, who then will distribute remaining goods (after the rich and powerful have had their loot) to the masses. In other words, Marxism basically means we’re all going to be poor while the rich and powerful own and distribute the goods. You’ll end up with this: 1% filthy rich class and 99% dirt poor class.

What are the odds of ending up in the rich class in a Marxist society?

Slim to None and Slim just left town.

So, in addition, Lord of Columbia can be, in Marxist terms, a Capitalist Manifesto in addition to being a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution. So, when I say I’m looking to come face to face with rich patriarchs, such patriarchs display the following traits:

1. The own everything, from land, to industry, to buildings businesses rent out.

2. They’re either involved in politics or have bought politicians at both the local and state level.

By looking at the top two traits, it’s clear that their number one enemy is freedom and, gasp, Capitalism. See, these people are sick, dirty chess players. The difference between Capitalism and Corporatism is simple: With Capitalism, new ideas always emerge via pure competition. In Corporatism, Crony Capitalists will buy their politicians who will then make laws to ensure pure competition is curtailed, meaning the masses are going to be forced to do the following:

1. If they own a business, pay ridiculously high rent since only a hallowed few own such rent and lease space.

2. By owning such large spaces and charging high rents, these people can, and this happens often in Wintersville/Steubenville, these can run others out and create what I call duopolies, oligopolies, and monopolies. Basically meaning the masses in Wintersville/Steubenville will be forced to pay more for goods as stores and other providers can raise a price however high they’d like. And again, there is a lot of government involved here creating this, not simply one or two people buying all the land and developments.


Story of Riesbecks

Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a time should’ve come across my time working for Riesbecks Food Markets. Well, now that the landlord, who’s heavily involved in shaping public policy in the area, is now charging outrageous prices for rent, to the point Riesbecks is being forced to close its doors, leaving a duopoly of grocery stores in town.

Guys, people in the Wintersville/Steubenville area must prepare to see a massive increase in price, so long as they continue to eek out a profit.

And again, this isn’t capitalism; this is total corporatism and how it intertwines with public policy. The man in charge here, Mr. Patterson (I won’t release the real name due to legalities), owns several blocks in Wintersville, and many of such outlets are his own businesses.

Well, let me tell you a little about this dirty, dirty player: He’s one abysmal businessman.
Over the past ten years, and I’m not making this up, the following has occurred:

1. He’s closed or had been forced to sell off at least three businesses over the past three years.

2. His rent prices have forced flea markets, gyms, skating rinks, two grocery stores, two furniture stores, and other businesses to either relocate or close up shop over the past thirteen years.

3. He has a son who’s heavily involved in politics. Hmm, how about that?

4. Another son, who I actually based a character on in Lord of Columbia, many of whom are local who read my book will know exactly who I’m talking about here, manages their…third furniture store, after they were forced to close the previous two due to lack of businesses. Now, what’s funny about this is I have a lot of dirt on this cat, too, and that he’s a former drug dealer. Again, I’m not going to mention any names here, other than, well, former drug dealer who’d never been caught nor sent to jail. And if you know how bad the drug epidemic is in Steubenville, where a drug bust occurs literally once a week, if not more, and he’s never been caught raises my suspicions.


Private Property Rights

Now, some of you may argue and point to Mr. Patterson’s private property rights, but being that the man knows, buys, and influences local politicians, which I’m going to be conducting some investigative research on in my free time, now that Northern Knights has been launched, and dig up a little more history on the man.

I’m all for the right to private property, rest assured, and definitely for free competition, free trade, free everything…except using government meddling to get ahead of the game. But being that Mr. Patterson literally owns half the town and serves as the area’s unelected lawmaker, he’s anything but free market, and Lord of Columbia depicts Patterson’s dirty actions.

Thanks for reading.


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When Lord of Columbia Met Thoughtcrime

What You Should Know Regarding Lord of Columbia

As stated in the past, Lord of Columbia is a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution. While a compelling, complex story is definitely involved, Lord of Columbia holds a valiant message regarding liberty, freedom, and privacy, something we see being usurped time and again in America.

Yet, as we grow up America is the champion of the free world, it’s easy to overlook the sheer atrocities committed by the military-industrial complex, CIA, FBI, and even local police (If you go back to the old Mafia days, you’ll be surprised how many police chiefs aligned themselves with the Mafia).

So, while Northern Knights is a little bit on the light side of this, whole conspiracy thing, do take note of my rather Orwellian style early on. It’s most definitely something that depicts, well, what America might be heading straight into; depression of the masses who are bullied by both police and military police on street corners, reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

And I’m not quite out of my mind.

We already have in some states, and in some cases all states:

1. Drones that fly overhead to record our actions and even catch us speeding on highways.

2. Traffic cameras.

3. Mass surveillance.

4. Spy agencies that can access phone data, internet searches, and any other type of personal data upon request.

5. Security agencies that literally specialize in groping airline passengers.

6. Mandatory vaccines (I’m not one hardcore against vaccines, but I am against mandatory forced vaccinations). But the question remains, why are they mandatory?

7. State-funded compulsory education that teaches a uniformed program, even in advanced placement classes.

8. Government licensing and permission for just about everything, including activities like hunting, fishing, driving (this one really irks me), drinking (this one irks me even more and this is a guy who hasn’t picked up a drink since 2014), collecting rainwater (seriously), getting married (come again?), and I think I’ve covered the basics. Oh, and in California, say goodbye to plastic straws which never would’ve been a problem had the government stayed out of the way in the first place and let the free market go to work.

9. Quest for Empire. And hello, Lord of Columbia, because this one is the granddaddy of them all. Did you know your tax dollars have paid for weapons being sold to countries like Saudi Arabia? The Saudis used such weapons on Yemenite women and children, killing them for no apparent reason. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the blood of these kids is on our hands. But what about military jobs and weapons manufacturing jobs? That’s what they all say, and a lot of these jobs can be created if our taxes didn’t pay over $600 billion a year via military spending.

10. Speaking of…. the media, politicians, conservatives, and even some liberals call it something else; defense spending. They love using politically correct terms for one reason: they tend to sound less harsh. You call it defense spending, people will buy it. Others will call it patriotism (which it’s not) and people will buy into it. Some will say it’s necessary, and people will go along with it. What do I call it? Military spending.

11. But it’s necessary for our freedom, right? First off, when you need government permission to even exist in this country, I’m not sure you and I have the same definition of freedom here. So I’m not sure what freedom you’re talking about. Second, if you look at history of people (mainly in the Middle East) who hate us, you’ll see we’ve been intervening in their affairs far longer than any nation should, and you’ll understand the hatred. Imagine if it were the other way around…exactly. There’d be mass protest in the streets as I write this.

12. Okay, well what about the mass uprisings over in the Middle East, like in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and other nations? Guys, you need to check the Project for a New American Century, written in the late 1990’s and it’ll tell you all you need to know. And you’ll be surprised, too. Second, if you look deeper, you’ll see someone else is behind it; the CIA, which is exactly what they did in Ukraine back in 2014. Think of the pattern: we’ve had spats with Russia and the other countries listed, mainly because they’re all losing faith in something: the US Dollar. This isn’t a coincidence.

13. A rough discussion: Not only that, but if you bite your tongue and look at the correlation between IQ rates in the Middle East, they’re very uniformed. The average IQ in the Middle East is 82-84, depending on the country you’re looking at. The CIA knows this and knows they can easily spread lies to these people about their leaders, while nowhere near perfect, aren’t crazy dictators.

14. What about Saddam Hussein gassing people in Iraq back in the day? He was using gas on the Kurds, who were fighting a civil war with Iraq because they wanted to break away from Iraq.

15. Why does foreign policy matter so much to our freedoms? One, the more foreign policy we implement while in debt, the more money that needs to be printed, borrowed, or taxed. This devalues the dollar and purchasing power at home. We’re forced to downsize our standards of living so the military can bomb civilians and our allies fighting in wars can also bomb civilians. Then when they retaliate, they’re labeled terrorists and war erupts, costing even more money.

16. What if…. what if a military draft is being planned right now? I’ve been hearing (reading) grumblings on social media. If a military draft really is being planned, our freedoms are further usurped because rich and privileged men and women in office are going to force the poor and working class kids to fight a war they should have zero stake in, sometimes for reasons unknown to them. And anyone dodging the draft would be jailed. When this happens, a country ceases to be free.

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Writing: Where Passion Meets Passion

When Writing’s Your Passion, You’re Pursuing Multiple Passions

It’s true. Writing’s where more than a few passions meet. We often write to spread a message, inform, entertain, or a combination thereof, which is what I do. Heck, this whole blog’s purpose is to spread a message, inform, and entertain.

I spread a Libertarian, individualist message.

I tell others how to pursue passion (be it writing or something else) in their hectic lives and give tips on how to write.

And, I like to entertain with my conspiracy posts, like the Deep State and these days, the Bohemian Grove.

Lord of Columbia fits the same mold. I inform others on Libertarianism while trying to persuade them into following it without sounding preachy (thank goodness for dialogue). I do this through an entertaining story with compelling characters.

It’s comparable to how C.S. Lewis spread a Christian message in Chronicles of Narnia, and though I’m not about to spread a Christian message, one of pro-liberty, reason, and enlightenment are my main goals.


Passion Meets Passion

But take this post seriously, because writing really is where passion meets passion. Make a list of three things that are very important to you right now.

Here are mine:

1. Libertarianism

2. Fitness

3. Sports (namely, the Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers)

Only one thing combines the three passions, and that’s writing. The same can be done for you, too. And better yet, you can even, say, place all three passions into a novel…I’m giving Lord of Columbia spoilers left and right here.

But really, you can even freelance write in all these avenues. There are many places that accept freelance work from anyone, just write a solid, fact-based article.

Yes, you can literally make money off your passions, and better yet, if you do decide to write books on them, as I’m doing with Lord of Columbia and later, Comeback Kid, it’s another cash flow. Best yet, you can even write self-help or how-to books if you have expertise in a field, as I have with fitness, since I’ve worked as a personal trainer for almost six years.


Combining, Yet Dividing

Even better, if you wanted to write in multiple genres, or write in fiction and non-fiction alike, you can even adopt a pen name, as I plan on doing for my non-fiction work. Some writers do this for fiction, others non-fiction, and still others adopt several pen names if they want to distinguish different series and titles.

Keep in mind it takes multiple platforms to do so, as many who follow you in one avenue may only want to read a certain genre. For instance, I have two Twitter accounts, one under my real name and another under a pen name. The account under my real name are full of writers and readers who like fantasy, or in Lord of Columbia’s case, urban fantasy, and adult-oriented work.

It’s one of my few target markets for Lord of Columbia. Also, those who enjoy Ayn Rand’s work may be interested in Lord of Columbia, as I’ve stated it’s a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution. And of course, if you like Robert Heinlein, you may fall in love with Lord of Columbia, despite the differences in genre. Obviously, if you’re a genre-reader and you like the above works but fantasy of any kind isn’t your cup of tea, you won’t enjoy Lord of Columbia. But if you read for the messages and themes, as I tend to, Lord of Columbia may be worth looking into.

But in my experience, more readers may be genre-specific, so I’d obviously never market an informative book on liberty in the Ron Paul mold, as no one on any of my social media, or blog followers for that matter, would look into it. I’d have to rely on paid promotion, SEO and keywords to stand a chance at making sales.

Then, there’s fitness, which it seems everyone is interested in these days, at least to an extent. Not everyone, and that’s fine, but it seems everyone is at least going to embark on a health kick at one time or another. Any fitness-oriented book will be geared toward those looking for permanent lifestyle changes. Nothing crazy, like insane gym workouts, or you have to eat this way or take this supplement, but common-sense, realistic, zero-fad lifestyle changes that the health and fitness market desperately needs.

Finally, there’s my non-fiction work, one of which is…somewhere between a memoir and an autobiography…I’m still conducting research on this one and I’m very, very raw in the non-fiction scope of things. But, the premise here depicts my first six years as a trainer from 2012 to 2018.

And let me tell you, if you want to read a story that’s a work-based sitcom in the same mold as The Office or Cheers, it’s the book for you. I’m planning a 2019 release date. It’s very politically incorrect, and most of the stories are those I’d never recommend you do at your work place, as it’ll probably lay the grounds for job termination.

But, the party-like atmosphere, drinking on the job, and a few other ‘events’ I won’t mention here is worth a nice, little escape for anyone looking to take a break from their dreary, hectic lifestyles. All I’m going to say is, prepare to strap in for a wild ride.



So, make your list right now, because we all love to write, and we all have our reasons for writing. Perhaps we had a bad childhood, or problems connecting with others in grade or middle school? Maybe we were successful in school and faltered in adulthood, only to mount a comeback? Or better yet, maybe we never had a chance in life, were plunged into terrible trouble, and managed to get out of such trouble and win the day?

Something burning deep inside you is telling you to write your story and share it with the world. We all have an amazing story inside us, and contrary to what many say, I think they are all publishable. We all had something, an event, or an idea, that made us who we are today. We’ve all faced trials, we’ve all faced hardship, and we’re all imperfect.

If all of the above isn’t true, you aren’t human. But I know we can definitely relate somehow to what I’ve written, and are pursuing writing because of something that is dying to get off our chests.

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What Motivates You to Write?

Why Sacrificing Everything is Worth It

I’m ready to sacrifice everything for my writing. A few years ago I was a serious, passionate personal trainer and today, my passion for writing has superseded everything that involved working as a trainer.

Why? Todd, it was a dream to be a trainer?

It was….in high school.

My child’s dream, the what do you want to do when you grow up dream was never fitness. It was never personal training.

Sure, I love to workout and there are days I’ll workout as much as three times and never fewer than two.

But no, writing was always it.


But, what motivates me to write?

Seeing America fall further into Stockholm Syndrome with overreliance on corporations and government.

It’s a disservice to the people for me to sit on the sidelines, stand by, and do nothing about it.

And no, I’m not a radical crazy who wants to create a violent revolution.

I’m a writer and I write about my views, which shine in Lord of Columbia, which shine in Comeback Kid. It’s Libertarianism, and perhaps the works of Ayn Rand in a way shaped my own writing.

More than just Ayn Rand; a lot of Libertarian-anarcho-capitalists have and still do to this day.

Fame and fortune?

A nice bonus, but not the key here.

Freedom and living the way I want?

Now, you’re talking.

So, what motivates you to write?

Are you like me, and have an idea you have to get out to the public?

Or, do you want to entertain others and nothing more?

Perhaps you’re an expert in a certain field and you want to inform others?

Hey, my fitness background will be perfect for future fitness-related books, which I do wish to write in due time.


Find Your Motivator

What’s the original idea, the goal, the desire, that made you pick up a pen or get behind a computer screen?

That’s your initial motivator.

Any day you feel down and out, unmotivated, or just wish to sit around, think of this original idea, goal, and desire. Remember why you started, and why you’ve sacrificed so much to release this message to the world around you.

Why is it important, and why are you the one qualified to write it?

Answer these questions honestly.

And the greatest thing about being a writers is you don’t need a degree in creative writing to write, or if on the non-fiction side, you don’t need a degree in say, economics to write about economics.

Having a degree in nonfiction certainly helps, but it’s not required. Hey, Ron Paul doesn’t have a degree in economics and he predicts economic booms and busts better than any economist out there.

So, what is it you hold close to you?

And it can be anything. Anything, any message of any issue you need to get into the public, regardless if I agree with it or not, should be out in the public. I don’t care if it’s hardcore Conservative or hardcore Liberal.

All voices deserve to be heard. No one in America should be silenced, or should be censored, on any issue. Even if such issues are eventually un-Constitutional, at least their voices on such issues should be heard.


My Motivator

For me, Libertarianism is important because everyone and their mother are either Republican or Democrat, and if you look at Republican beliefs versus Democratic beliefs, there is zero bi-partisanship, and whatever one party believes the other disagrees with.
Unless when it actually comes down to government spending or fueling the military-industrial complex.

Then, both Parties agree. Both agree to fuel the warfare-welfare state. Both agree on foreign intervention in countries that pose zero threat to US National Security, and both love domestic spending, don’t let these Parties fool you.

And President Trump signs these big government bills into law, just like President Obama did. They’re a continuation of one another’s organization. The only reason Republicans hated Obama was because he had a (D) behind his name. As for Trump, it’s because he has an ® behind his name, and that’s it.

But, if I wrote books in this manner, people wouldn’t buy, and my message would never spread.


Because both hardcore, mainstream Republicans and Democrats don’t want to hear it. They don’t want to hear they’re fueling an empire, and not fighting for freedom and democracy.

And I’ll continue to carry on the message started by America’s Founders.

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