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[–] ProxyMusic 20 points Edited

It's also important to note that during the formative years of people who are JKR's age (and my age), John Kenneth Galbraith - the liberal economist, diplomat, public intellectual and best-selling author of both nonfiction books and satirical novels - was a towering figure on the world stage frequently featured in the English-language print press and on radio and TV.

A nimble and iconoclastic thinker and renowned wordsmith known for needling those with power and privilege and poking fun at himself and his vaunted reputation, Galbraith coined many important English-language terms that have become part of everyday parlance and are still in wide use today, including "conventional wisdom" and "the affluent society."

When I say Galbraith was a "towering figure," I mean it both literally and figuratively. In addition to being a huge effing deal in public life, Galbraith was 6'8" or 203.2 cm. From his Wikipedia page:

John Kenneth Galbraith[a] OC (October 15, 1908 – April 29, 2006), also known as Ken Galbraith, was a Canadian-American economist, diplomat, public official, and intellectual. His books on economic topics were bestsellers from the 1950s through the 2000s. As an economist, he leaned toward post-Keynesian economics from an institutionalist perspective.

Galbraith was a long-time Harvard faculty member and stayed with Harvard University for half a century as a professor of economics. He was a prolific author and wrote four dozen books, including several novels, and published more than a thousand articles and essays on various subjects. Among his works was a trilogy on economics, American Capitalism (1952), The Affluent Society (1958), and The New Industrial State (1967). Some of his work has been criticized by economists Milton Friedman, Paul Krugman, Robert Solow, and Thomas Sowell.

Galbraith was active in US Democratic Party politics, serving in the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson. He served as United States Ambassador to India under the Kennedy administration. His political activism, literary output and outspokenness brought him wide fame during his lifetime. Galbraith was one of the few to receive both the World War II Medal of Freedom (1946) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2000) for his public service and contributions to science. The government of France made him a Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur.

From Galbraith's 2006 obituary in the NY Times:

John Kenneth Galbraith, the iconoclastic economist, teacher and diplomat and an unapologetically liberal member of the political and academic establishment that he needled in prolific writings for more than half a century, died yesterday at a hospital in Cambridge, Mass. He was 97.

Mr. Galbraith was one of the most widely read authors in the history of economics; among his 33 books was "The Affluent Society" (1958), one of those rare works that forces a nation to re-examine its values. He wrote fluidly, even on complex topics, and many of his compelling phrases -- among them "the affluent society," "conventional wisdom" and "countervailing power" -- became part of the language.

An imposing presence, lanky and angular at 6 feet 8 inches tall, Mr. Galbraith was consulted frequently by national leaders, and he gave advice freely, though it may have been ignored as often as it was taken. Mr. Galbraith clearly preferred taking issue with the conventional wisdom he distrusted.

He strived to change the very texture of the national conversation about power and its nature in the modern world by explaining how the planning of giant corporations superseded market mechanisms. His sweeping ideas, which might have gained even greater traction had he developed disciples willing and able to prove them with mathematical models, came to strike some as almost quaint in today's harsh, interconnected world where corporations devour one another.

From the 1930's to the 1990's, Mr. Galbraith helped define the terms of the national [and international] political debate, influencing the direction of the US Democratic Party and the thinking of its leaders.

He tutored Adlai E. Stevenson, the Democratic nominee for president in 1952 and 1956, on Keynesian economics. He advised President John F. Kennedy (often over lobster stew at the Locke-Ober restaurant in their beloved Boston) and served as his ambassador to India.

In the course of his long career, he undertook a number of government assignments, including the organization of price controls in World War II and speechwriting for Franklin D. Roosevelt, Kennedy and Johnson.

He drew on his experiences in government to write three satirical novels. One in 1968, "The Triumph," a best seller, was an assault on the State Department's slapstick attempts to assist a mythical banana republic, Puerto Santos. In 1990, he took on the Harvard economics department with "A Tenured Professor," ridiculing, among others, a certain outspoken character who bore no small resemblance to himself.

At his death Mr. Galbraith was the Paul M. Warburg emeritus professor of economics at Harvard, where he had taught for most of his career. A popular lecturer, he treated economics as an aspect of society and culture rather than as an arcane discipline of numbers.

More here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/30/obituaries/john-kenneth-galbraith-97-dies-economist-held-a-mirror-to.html#:~:text=An%20imposing%20presence%2C%20lanky%20and,often%20as%20it%20was%20taken.

[–] BlackCirce enby jinping 5 points

Ms. Rowling mentions JK Galbraith in the FAQ on her Robert Galbraith author website.

She writes

Odder still, there was a well-known economist called J K Galbraith, something I only remembered by the time it was far too late. I was completely paranoid that people might take this as a clue and land at my real identity, but thankfully nobody was looking that deeply at the author’s name.

Yes, she says she only consciously remembered after the fact. But I bet one of the reasons the name Galbraith had such an added appeal/attraction to to JKR from the get-go is that somewhere deep in her subconscious or unconscious she had a memory from earlier in her life of JK Galbraith, the impressive man with the towering intellect and wit who was once a household name in the English language world. Moreover, though her memory of JK Galbraith might have resided somewhere in her psyche outside of her conscious awareness for a long time, that buried memory still probably caused her to have many positive associations with the name Galbraith owing to his stellar reputation, his liberal politics, his iconoclasm, his famous way with words, etc. And of course, she probably always felt a natural affinity to him for being another JK like her.

[–] [Deleted] 13 points Edited

if she's so against trans people, why is her pen name for her more adult focused demographic, a male author?

Cause those aren't the same thing?

Yeah this has been debunked over and over, but of course they don't care. They'll latch on to anything that can drag her down. Like the fucking Inferi.

[–] Riothamus scrote 8 points

I'm 100% certain Robert Galbraith Heath went by Dr. Robert Heath because that's how surnames work!

More baseless smear because they love making up lies. I hope she gets the defamation suits ready.

[–] no- [OP] 4 points Edited

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J.K Rowling question

So, bit of a random question, I know Rowling has had more than her fair share of controversy over her views in the community. My question, if she's so against trans people, why is her pen name for her more adult focused demographic, a male author?

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Robert Galbraith Heath started the practice of using electroshock to cure homosexuality.

She uses the pen name Robert Galbraith.

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