A Marxist analysis of Oz


A newly emerging nation (Dorothy) and its loyal peasantry (Toto) are seeking a rational social order (Kansas).


Advised by the bourgeoisie (Munchkins), they take the capitalist path (Yellow Brick Road).


They meet a labourer (Tin Man) destroyed by class oppression (rust), a soldier (Cowardly Lion) exploited by imperialism and a philosopher (Scarecrow) beguiled by Ayn Rand.


They are confused by religious dogma (poppies) and attacked by the U.S. (the Wicked Witch of the West) and its C.I.A. agents (flying monkeys), but defeat them with the cool clear logic of Marxist analysis (water). ☯


They seek the answer from capitalist economics (the Wizard) but discover it to be an empty facade.


With the selfless aid of the U.S.S.R. (the Good Witch of the North) they discover that the true answer has been with them all along – the dictatorship of the proletariat (ruby slippers).


Maybe Walter Winchell was right when he said that Hollywood was full of communists!

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