Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

November 14, 2005

The Political Theory of … Harry Potter?

Filed under: — Different River @ 7:40 pm

Instapundit point to an article forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review by Benjamin Barton of the
University of Tennessee College of Law, which explores the political, public choice (economics) theory in the Harry Potter series:

This Essay examines what the Harry Potter series (and particularly the most recent book, The Half-Blood Prince) …

… [G]overnment is controlled by and for the benefit of the self-interested bureaucrat. The most cold-blooded public choice theorist could not present a bleaker portrait of a government captured by special interests and motivated solely by a desire to increase bureaucratic power and influence.

Folks, I’m not making this up. An abstract of the article is here. But I have the sneaking suspicion that perhaps Professor Barton was just trying to justify all the time he spent reading Harry Potter books as “work.”

And they wonder why I’d rather be a tenured professor…. ;-)

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