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U.S. Politics: 1930s-1980s Play

"The only way to find out anything about what kinds of lives people led in any given period is to tunnel into their records and to let them speak for themselves." - John Dos Passos

Hoover (1929-1933)
FDR (1933-1945)
Truman (1945-1953)
Eisenhower (1953-1961)
JFK (1961-1963)
LBJ (1963-1969)
Nixon (1969-1974)
Ford (1974-1977)
Carter (1977-1981)
Reagan (1981-1989)

Political Economy Play

"Because practically all political policies find their expression in economics, the first priority in education should be instruction in basic economic laws. Furthermore, since 'morality' may be defined as 'conformity with natural laws' and 'immorality' as disregard of them, economic ignorance may be held largely responsible for the increasing rapidity of our moral degradation." - Fred G. Clark

"Capitalism stands alone because it is the natural system that occurs when men permit it to occur. Human beings don't 'create' a capitalist system. A capitalist system comes into existence through human necessity and it thrives to the degree that we do not prevent it from thriving. It is as natural a system as walking or breathing and, like these, requires no human organization to 'establish' it." -- Lima News, 1963

"From a false diagnosis of economic maladies spring the so-called ideologies of socialism, communism, fascism, and so forth. No one ever ideologizes personal enterprise; it has no ideology. It is not a way of life; it is THE way of life. It is unplanned and springs from the natural impulses of man. It is not even necessary that it be understood, because man naturally and instinctively engages in it." - E.C. Riegel

"The most important point about private capitalism--especially today--is that under it all, relationships are voluntary. State capitalism, or socialism, is monopolistic. Private capitalism is rooted and grounded in competition." - Dr. Ruth Alexander

"The so-called Washington merry-go-round is loaded with ghost words that do not explain, do no commit, do not even promise, but only confuse and befuddle. They give us a glimmering, a ghost-of an-idea, from which each is left to draw his own conclusions, and which seldom makes contact with down-to-earth reality. The use of abstract words, which mean all things to all men, serves politicians well but leaves the public with little else than having heard what they like to hear." - George Malcuit

Frank Lloyd Wright Speaks Play

"See our government! Too big! See our schools! Trampling of the herd under unqualified herdsmen! See our cities! Overgrown villages! See our industries! Averaging the grand average! See our cars and trucks! A menace overgrown! See our hospitals! Now so big the sick are only merchandise! One look at our big executives! Yes, bigger than any Constitution made, unless we awake. They are now calling lusty license 'free enterprise.'" - FLW, 1952

"Any enterprise depreciating American idealism to an abject level no higher than the concept of 'the common man' is either communistic or some low form of socialism that our brave progenitors feared and our friends abroad sometimes prophesy. For when the free man our forefathers conceived falls under the regime of the committee-mind, individuality is lost in the average of averages. By playing down to the idea of the common man, dogmatic political authority exploits him; and has gone far to destroy for everyone reverence for distinction and individual achievement by personal virtue and sacrifice. So the ideal of innate aristocracy of which our forefathers dreamed is betrayed for votes in the name of democracy." - FLW

"Our biggest machine became not the corporations of big industry, but incorporated government, and biggest of all, the machinery of education." -FLW

"I know of nothing more silly than to expect government to solve our advanced problems for us. If we have no ideas, how can government have any? That is a sensible question to ask, and the answer is that government as a majority affair can never have any. So, I see the tragedy of entrusting to government billions to spend on billions. Why should government ever be entrusted to build buildings? Inevitably buildings are for tomorrow. That is the last thing government should be expected or allowed to do because in entrusting building to government, we must go ten or one-hundred years backward instead of ten years ahead into the future. Tragic! But to talk against it is just so much water over the dam. The driver may not know where to go but he is in the driver's seat."- FLW

"I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it." - FLW

"A socialist might shut out the sunlight from a free and developing people with his own shadow. But an artist is too true an individualist to suffer such an imposition, much less perpetrate it." - FLW, 1914

"As for me, I expect less than nothing from Washington at any time--past, present or future." - FLW

"Why have we denied and gone against every fundamental principle that we found our forefathers—or would have found if we studied it—declared as freedom? I can't understand it, unless it is that all our standards are so mixed, like our blood, that we have lost sight of anything straightforward, clean, true, and original."-FLW
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