Transcendental Bloviation

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Friday, April 06, 2007

The Wizard of .... WTF!?

[Redpill Spoiler Warning: if you loved the Oz books the way I did, do NOT continue reading.]

Yesterday I discovered that the Wizard of Oz has been analyzed as political allegory. Weirder still: an allegory for the Free Silver controversy in the late 19th century.

Dorothy (Theodore [Roosevelt] spelled backwards, sort of) is Traditional American Values. Cyclones are politico-economic instability. The Wizard is President McKinley. The Cowardly Lion is William Jennings Bryan (hey, that rhymes!). The Silver Slippers (changed to ruby in the film) were Free Silver vs. rigid adherence to the Gold Standard. The Tin Man and the Scarecrow were the reformist Farmer-Labor coalition. And so on. Read all about it.

L. Frank Baum said that the story was written purely to please children -- a fairy tale without all the weird, horrific moralizing. And to think I believed him. I guess we'll soon find out that Ozma of Oz was really about transgender issues.

It doesn't totally spoil Oz for me. Not totally.



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