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Ari's interests include free-market economics and Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. He lives in Colorado with his wife Jennifer, a graphic designer.
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About: Ari Armstrong publishes Free Colorado, and he is an assistant editor for The Objective Standard. Ari has also written articles for such publications as the Denver Post and Colorado Springs Gazette. He runs Liberty In the Books, a monthly free-market discussion group and a project of Liberty On the Rocks. He is also the author of Values of Harry Potter. Ari won the Modern Day Sam Adams award in 2009, and he was a finalist in the 2011 Hoiles Prize for regional journalism. Photograph
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Ari Armstrong's Values of Harry Potter explores the complex themes of J. K. Rowling's beloved novels, illuminating the heroic fight for life-promoting values, the hero's need for independence, and the role of choice in virtue. Drawing on the ideas of Aristotle and Ayn Rand, Armstrong then critiques the Christian elements of self-sacrifice and immortality, arguing that they ultimately clash with the essential nature of the hero as exemplified by Harry Potter and his allies.
"A delightful array of fresh insights into J. K. Rowling's works... A unique opportunity to explore their core values and discover why we find them so captivating and so inspiring."—Diana Hsieh, Ph.D.
The book is a work of literary criticism. It has not been prepared, authorized, or endorsed by J. K. Rowling or anyone else associated with the Harry Potter books or movies.
Free Colorado reviews regional politics from a free market perspective. Ari has written about a wide range of issues, including education, taxes, self-defense, and drug policy.
Ari started the online internet publication Colorado Freedom Report in late 1998, before the term "blog" had been coined. Over the years Ari shortened the title to FreeColorado.com and finally Free Colorado in 2010 with a standard blog format.
In 2009, Ari received the Sam Adams Alliance Modern Day Sam Adams Award, based partly on work published through Free Colorado.
Liberty In the Books is a monthly discussion group in Denver that offers materials for independent study and other groups.
The works cover applied economics, history, and policy from a free market perspective. The books have included classics from Henry Hazlitt, Frédéric Bastiat, Thomas Sowell, Murray Rothbard, and more.
In 2010, Ari coauthored an issue paper with Diana Hsieh, "The 'Personhood' Movement is Anti-Life."
In 2011 Ari wrote "Publish Your Own Book," introductory notes on independent self-publishing. The essay discusses different publishing options and the basics of putting together a professional-quality book.
The blog post "Fast, Cheap, Healthy Eating" offers some useful and fun tips.
Ari's articles have also appeared in the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Daily, and Denver Daily News. Ari and his father Linn coauthored a column for Grand Junction Free Press for seven years.