Mar 122008
 

So I was cruising around eBay the other day when I came across a listing for a prototype Amero coin. This would be the proposed coin to replace the American, Canadian and Mexican dollars should the North American Currency Union become a reality. For the record, I doubt it ever will come to pass and frankly don’t really care if it does – people are unwilling to check the power of our current government in any meaningful way, so what difference would it make if we just changed its name again. Besides this would still be yet another fiat currency backed by the promise of future earnings stolen from slave citizens exactly the same way the current US dollar is. My problem is an entirely different one…

Take a look at the symbol to the left of eagle’s feet. That’s the proposed symbol to represent the Amero. In other words, it’s the new “dollar sign”. Does it look familiar? It sure did to me.

As if it’s not bad enough that the educational system has bastardized the term anarchy to the point that even dictionaries insist on using the term “chaos” while defining it. Nor is it enough that the media continues to call anyone who acts out in a violent manner an anarchist regardless of their political beliefs (or lack thereof). Now they’re stealing our symbolism as well.

The circle-A as a symbol for anarchy dates back to the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s and was first officially used as an anarchist symbol by the Alliance Ouvriere Anarchiste starting in November 1956. Over the years the anarchist circle-A has been modified into a more ragged symbol (as pictured at right), but has still been the sole province of anarchists of any stripe.

Should the North American currency union become a reality and the Amero be adopted with the circle-A as its currency symbol we’ll have to find a new symbol for the anarchist movement. Luckily, many have been proposed over the years (my favorite being the Voluntary Victory symbol). But the circle-A has the benefit of being both easily drawn and easily recognizable. Perhaps the choice of the circle-A as a currency symbol is simply an attempt by the currency union’s proponents to take advantage of the free advertising provided by generations of anarchists, punks, and kids in general drawing, spray-painting and printing the symbol on millions of surfaces. Nah, they aren’t that aware…

  One Response to “North American Currency Union Goes Too Far”

  1. Over the years the anarchist circle-A has been modified into a more ragged symbol (as pictured at right), but has still been the sole province of anarchists of any stripe.

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