On Harry Potter

As I have now finished six of the seven Harry Potter books, and am well into the last, I thought I’d remark on two themes that made me smile, one major and one minor. The minor theme that I very much enjoyed was seeing Fred and George Weasley drop out of school and start their own business. All youth should do likewise, perhaps not to start a business, but to do whatever they want to do. I very much support that. The major theme that tickled my fancy was the ineptitude and corruptibility of the Ministry of Magic. As a governmental organization, I was very pleased to see it fail again and again, each time showed up by non-governmental actors. The greatest threat to everyone is battled not by collectives in uniforms, but rather individuals and private orders. I don’t know if J. K. Rowling leans libertarian or not, but she sure writes like one. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.