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June 07, 2008

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Californio

Ha ha. The very idea that America is a threat to anyone. Rest assured, companeros, that a bright and shining future awaits America - but for now she sleeps. But someday - her youth shall awake - Columbia will shake off her sloth, re-commit herself to her republican ideals and the spirit of Cincinnatus will rise again - we will resume our march on destiny.

[and yes - we will learn from our "sophisticated friends in Europe and elsewhere - secret police, internal purges - ah yes, we will finally incorporate foreign legal concepts into American life...]

Frank Warner

Poor Rusty. He didn't come here looking for InstaTrouble.

He came here to respond to my post on the Kennedy assassination. He coincidentally saw the J.K. Rowling post (before Glenn Reynolds did) and wrote up the first comment.

While he was tying that comment to the track, along came the Hogwarts Express to part his hair.

Rusty, I don't agree with what you said, but I'm glad you're free to say it, just as I'm glad our free press can challenge everything government does, and I accept the democratic fact that a defeatist opposition party can be elected into power over Congress in the middle of a war.

Of course, I remain appalled that a pro-Castro nut-job could murder a president of the United States, or that Communist regimes could kill tens of millions of "their own people" with hardly a word of protest from freedom's loudest critics.

Jamie

Pree-cisely, Mr. Warner. rusty may be solidly on the hysterically hyperbolic side, but he's in no danger from his government, and that's the way (uh-huh, uh-huh) we like it.

I think it's fabulous that [spoiler alert for anyone who's interested but hasn't read Deathly Hallows yet] Rowlings has Neville, not Harry, Ron, or Hermione, destroy the last Horcrux. It is, however, a source of some embarrassment to me that I'm so very into those books at my age...

Nicholas

Sheesh, what happened to this nice quiet blog? :)

Anyway I've never understood why people love Harry Potter so much but I have respect for the author after having read this.

George

The Harry Potter series are great stories full of action, adventure, mystique and a bit of romance. Once you pick one up, there is no putting it down. I believe there is no denying that J.K. Rowling has inspired more of our youth to read than any other author of the era. In my opinion, she deserves a great deal of credit for this.

It was a big surprise to find she was sending this warning of totalitarian states. I never would have expected it. I figured she was more like the Hollywood types who believe there isn't a war if you don't go.

The reality is that there are wars going on even where bombs aren't exploding and shots aren't being fired. Illegitimate regimes are at war with their own people. Many prefer to give them legitimacy and avoid the unpleasant task of forcing them to stop. Others know better than to coddle evil. Kudos to J.K. Rowling for being among the latter group.

jj mollo

JK Rowling is an exceptional writer of The Saga, the recurring vision of Good vs. Evil. It is apparent to me, as it should be to everyone, that Evil exists, that it can be monstrous beyond our feeble imaginations, and that there is no guarantee that Good will prevail.

In these days when you have anti-war zealots trying to sabotage a newly grasped victory, revisionists come out of the woodwork, like Pat Buchanan, to argue that World War II, the paradigm of stuggle against evil, was in itself unnecessary. Appeasement is, they say, a viable policy if only the leaders are smart enough to execute it. Hitler was merely misunderstood and had some legitimate grievances. Saddam was a man who knew how to keep a lid on the volatile Arab temperament, with occasional help from his playful sons.

I don't know what Rowling's position is on the Iraq war, but it's apparent she gets it. She understands what it was like, and she understands the need to take action against such seeping pustules of evil as Baathist Iraq. Good people in the US had no problem standing back from the carnage in Rwanda and Cambodia and post-republican Vietnam and Cuba and Korea. Rowling is right that there is a lack of imagination there.

I don't know where she stands politically, but I know where she stands in human terms. I'm not choosing sides here, but John McCain knows what she had to imagine. From my point of view, Barack Obama had better be pretty careful to respect that experience. I'm not saying that Obama has had an easy life, but the racism he might have suffered growing up in the US does not, in all likelihood, compare to the experiences of political dissidents in any number of countries, even today.

Frank Warner

I wonder how many of the Harvard graduates got what she said.

Robohobo

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- John Stuart Mill

rusty my boy, he is talking about you.

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