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State, Ideology, and Currency

I was reading the Wiki on Qaddafi and noticed a 2004 reprint of the Libyan dinar, showing him as especially joyous and youth. Which reminded me of when I ran into someone who collected the currency of totalitarian regimes. Short of a constitution, a country’s currency is the best display of their ideals and state ideology. A jovial, classy Arab man is exactly the kind of sentiment Qaddafi wants to project.

Saddam Hussein preferred a more clean-cut, progressive, “future of the Arabs”, suited look. Qualified, capable. Handsome too.

As for Third Reich currency, there’s a raging debate over whether the Nazis wanted to affiliate themselves with paganism, atheism, the old Norse gods, or Christianity without the Jewish half of the Scriptures — these Baroque cherubim lean towards the paganism theory. There are no Judeo-Christian symbols, only high German art. That was the state religion of Nazi Germany.

And Idi Amin in a military suit, as always. Future leader of Africa. Strong. Concerned. Friendly, even.

By AFarooqui

I write about the dichotomies present in religion, gathered mostly from discussions with average Jews, Christians, Muslims and atheists.

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