Wizard of OZ and the Gold Standard

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    Just saw a posting about Pink Flloyd and the Wizard of Oz. Reminded me of...

    A while back I heard a great rendition of the theory that the Wizard of Oz was all about the gold standard hence the oz, the yellow brick road, etc. and all the characters were portrayals of historical figures involved in the debate about the gold standard. I cant link to that particular story but got a bunch of hits just putting in Wizard of Oz and gold standard. Interesting stuff.
     
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    It is about the gold standard. That was the entire purpose of the book in the first place and EVERYTHING was symbolic.

    Dorothy was the American citizen, lost in a strange world they knew nothing about (economics).

    The scarecrow was the American farmer, trying to break out of his rut by getting an education (a brain).

    The tin man was the factory worker, longing for more time to spend with the family (a heart).

    The cowardly lion was the man who ran on the silver standard and lost, looking for the courage to continue his political dreams.

    All were told that the gold standard (yellow brick road) would get them there, but, in the book, the yellow brick road went absolutely nowhere (the author favored the silver standard).

    The witches of the west and north, as well as the poppy field, also represented something, but I can't remember what.

    The emerald city was Washington, where the only thing anyone could see was money (green, hence the green sunglasses in the book).

    The horse they rode in on that changed its color with mood represented the fickle politicians (not unlike Kerry).

    The wizard represented the voice of reason, pointing out that these things they wanted, they had had all along. Oh, and in the book, Dorothy's slippers were silver (silver standard).

    I'm sure you can look up the full symbolism online, but I'm too lazy to do it right now.
     
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    Thanks guys you just ruined a favorite childhood movie !! :D
     
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    Were the munckins the foreign wanna be influencers? :D
     
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    Oh, half the symbolism is completely removed from the movie (ruby slippers?), and the rest is very unobvious.
     
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    does that make Bernanke the man behind the curtain?
     
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    I don't care so much for the gold standard, but I'd like to hear more about this pink floyd post...


    Oh right. About Dark Side syncing up with Wizard of Oz. I heard that was total bullshit. Never tried it myself because it's super lame.
     
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    It works for like the first 20 or 25 min....seriously....then it losses it. When the lion roars is when you start the track...lol....serious....
     
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    Money
    Get away
    You get a good job with good pay and you're okay
    Money
    It's a gas
    Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
    New car, caviar, four star daydream
    Think I'll buy me a football team

    Money
    Well, get back
    I'm all right Jack
    Keep your hands off of my stack
    Money
    It's a hit
    Don't give me that do goody good bullshit
    I'm in the high-fidelity first class travelling set
    I think I need a Lear jet

    Money
    It's a crime
    Share it fairly
    But don't take a slice of my pie
    Money
    So they say
    Is the root of all evil today
    [ From: MONEY Lyrics - PINK FLOYD ]
    But if you ask for a raise
    It's no surprise that they're giving none away.

    "They" refers to the likes of the family Boooosh, Biden,Kerry, McSame, Clinton, Pelosi,Raygun and now murkas new fave. MitWitt.
     
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    Alan Greenspan's Debute.......>
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