|"Idiot America", a nation |
within a nation . An
explanation of coineyism
Al-Queda - ISIS - ISIL, whatever. The rampant Islamic State (IS) has much in common with the present leadership of Archaeology in America. Both are dedicated to the repression of knowledge and the perpetuation of radical ideology [...] what the AIA itself promotes and espouses has a familiar echo in the ideology of those Islamic Fundamentalists who relegate the past to a tool in their political arsenal.Just for good measure: "... the AIA marching drum has often been likened to that of national socialists (not without some justification)...". But 'likened' by whom?
The only comment to that need be a reference to the very descriptive book of Charles P. Pierce (2010) about precisely the prevalence of this kind of mindset in part of US society, a nation within a nation and one in which the noisemaking of Wayne Sayles and his ACCG quite clearly belong ("Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free") - get it and in my opinion it sheds a good deal of light on the context of coineyism. Is there there nobody in non-idiot US coin collecting who is going to challenge there this anti-intellectualism and the series of imagined oppressions of the ACCG loony fringe? Or is it not a fringe in the US coin collecting community? What about among the members of the IAPN and PNG?
Whoah.... talk about lack of distance! Dealer Dave ("The Loony Fringe" Ancient Coins February 03, 2015) apparently has not spotted the list of abbreviations in this blog's left sidebar... and provides his own. He knows of only one 'non-idiot numismatist' and states that anti-intellectualism is US constitutionally guaranteed and "there is nothing "imagined" about"... Imagined Oppressions. In a word another ACCG contribution to the debate which is redolent of "Idiot America" in all its GOPry.
UPDATE UPDATE 5.1.15
"Apparently my effort to break down and explain Mr. Barford's polemic vs. Wayne Sayles was noticed" Dealer Dave notes with apparent satisfaction, documenting that in these collecting circles the happy-slapping ad personam responses to any attempt to discuss the effects of artefact hunting on the archaeological record are really just childish attempts to seek attention, rather than contribute in any meaningful form to any public debate. Robert Jenrick thinks that one can work with these people, I think the rest of us can see that this is just fantasy.