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Frank Lloyd Wright on Thomas Jefferson

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Uploaded on Apr 4, 2010

Chicago Dynamic, "A Conversation with Carl Sandburg & Frank Lloyd Wright": WTTW (Chicago, IL), 10/28/1957.

"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

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