I was thinking about the Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The political interpretations are not widely accepted but I can’t help enjoying the preposed symbolism. Dorothy represents “the American People” – a phrase I have come to detest when used by politicians. She is taken by a tornado (representing revolution) from a colorless land to a new world. Her journey in silver slippers (in the book not the 1939 movie interpretation) may represent the old silver standard as it changes to gold which she subsequently follows as a road of yellow brick. This leads eventually to the Emerald City, which may symbolize the fraudulent world of greenback paper money that only pretends to have value. Flying monkeys may represent the Native People, Scarecrow is the plight of the farmer and migrant worker. The Tin Man is the factory worker…it goes on and on. The ideas behind the story makes it so much more interesting and it involves things that I love – metal and gemstones!