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What's next, ANA endorsement of political candidates?

Well, there's no general form to post such things, so I guess this one's as good as any (maybe exonumia would be more appropriate): Why would the association accept what is essentially a political ad for publication in The Numismatist? I am referring to the full page letter from US Representative Paul Hollis in the October edition. Regardless of the content - which is overtly political in my view - it has no place in a hobby publication such as the Numismatist. Once again, I have reason to question the ANA's leadership's judgment, as well as my 20 year membership in an organization whose only benefit to me has ever been the magazine... In which now I'm forced to read political ads. 

7 years ago

I did wonder about that... I don't think that political endorsements should appear in the Numismatist unless they actually concern coins.

7 years ago

Very poor judgment in my opinion.

7 years ago

What did you mean by "maybe exonumia would be more appropriate"?  Was that some sort of slam on exonumia???

7 years ago

I agree with JIMD. If you take out the word numismatist, you can insert any word: nurse, gardner, oil rig worker, coal miner or grocer. Any trade! It's callled "cut and paste". No place in our Magazine. I don't know about you but I get more than enough of that junk in my mail box. Just my opinion, I could be  wrong.

7 years ago

No, I think you got it about right. The term is not "Numis(political ad)matist.

7 years ago

I have to agree political endorsements have no palce in hobby magazines. Keep it simple.

7 years ago

I'll eighth or ninth that. There's a lot of political punditry surrounding what gold is going to do and how we got into the economic state we're in, and which side is at fault for this or that. It's a bit disheartening to hear dealers at coin shows trash-talk the guy for whom I voted. The reality is, it's a complex and multi-layered mess, and I went to the coin show to get away from that. I'll still buy from dealers with whom I disagree politically, so long as they're not openly endorsing, say, the American Nazi Party.

6 years ago

The small crack in that stand about political whatevers is that we have elections for board of governors and officers - what if they mention they are democrats or republicans or wet teabags-or any other view?

6 years ago

At that point, political alignment does become relevant. Then comes the tricky part of both preserving freedom of speech while simultaneously maintaining decorum. The general rule of thumb would be how that political affiliation applies to the issues at hand for what the candidate does. For example, one running as a Republican could profess advocating fiscal responsibility in the office for which one is running. We would try to avoid getting into whether or not Republicans in general have adhered to fiscal responsibility overall, or issues like military spending or Social Security, unless for some odd reason the ANA plans to go into battle or starts managing Medicare deductions.

6 years ago
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