Saturday, November 23, 2013

Running Amok

Overregulation based on politically correct thinking is damaging ancient coin collecting in the United States.  Even worse, cultural bureaucrats within our State Department and Customs Service don't seem much to care that the exact same sorts of coins are freely available for import without restriction into the exact same countries for which MOUs have been granted.

But perhaps this is part of a much larger problem facing our country.  Leaving politics aside, it's easy to see how a mentality that considers a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as racist would think nothing wrong with this state of affairs.   Instead of narrowly targeting any restrictions to help protect archaeological sites,  political correctness dictates that the government must restrict all artifacts made millennia ago on the territory of a modern nation state as a moral imperative to expiate our "guilt" for being a wealthy market country for antiquities and coins.

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