With Cat in the Hat making a splash at the box office, John Miller takes a look at the political ramifications of Dr. Seuss. While recognizing that Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was a liberal and that his stories mostly reflected that, Miller offers his choice as a favorite:
My favorite Seuss book is one that many people don’t know about: I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (1965). Seuss may not have realized it, but the theme of Solla Sollew is powerfully conservative.
Unfortunately, it was not Seuss’s most commercially successful book â€” sales were disappointing, even though it was written and issued during his heyday. The Morgan’s describe the book this way: “a somber morality tale, a Seussian Pilgrim’s Progress with the message that one can’t run away from trouble.” Yet it’s far deeper than that. In truth, Solla Sollew is a warning against what Eric Voegelin called immanentizing the eschaton. Put in plain English: Don’t seek heaven on earth.
Leave it Miller to connect Eric Voeglin and Dr. Suess!