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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
New York Times Op-Ed Column – David Leonhardt – July 18, 2017
A Summer Project to Nourish Your Political Soul
New York Times Theater Section – Ben Brantley, Jesse Green & Alexis Soloski – Aug. 16, 2017
Hard Truths or Easy Targets? Confronting the Summer of Trump Onstage
“AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE”
The citizens of a small economically depressed town have invested their hopes for economic recovery in the healthy waters of a new spa resort that is just seeing it’s first visitors. Dr. Tom Stockman, the health director of the spa, discovers that these supposedly healthy waters are actually dangerously polluted due to mismanagement during construction of the spa. He tries to make this information public so that the problem can be addressed, thinking that he will be saving his town from disaster. His brother, the mayor of the town and chairman of the board for the spa, tries stop him, saying that publishing the truth will actually ruin the town, making the doctor “an enemy of the people.” The other citizens of the town – newspaper editors, small business owners, workers and homeowners – struggle to decide which side to support. What is right? What is best for the common good? What serves their own interests? The resulting battle for the hearts and minds of the people of the town reveals an ideological divide greater than the one about the spa’s polluted waters. It also forces Dr. Stockman to make a stark choice between telling the truth or suffering devastating financial consequences for himself and his family.