civilization

About 3,000 years ago, a potter near Jerusalem made a big jar. It was meant to hold olive oil or wine or something else valuable enough to send to the king as a tax payment. The jar's handles were stamped with a royal seal, and the pot went into the kiln.

Over the next 600 years, despite wars destructive enough to raze cities, potters in the area kept making ceramic tax jars, each one stamped with whatever seal represented the ruler du jour.

They didn't know it, but in the process, the ancient potters were not just upholding centuries of tax bureaucracy.

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09/04/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with policy expert and Senior Fellow Alvaro Llosa, author of GLOBAL CROSSINGS:  Immigration, Civilization, and America.  He’s been an op-ed page editor and Miami Herald columnist as well as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.  He ponders how America has gone from a “nation of immigrants,” to become skeptical, even critical of receiving others on our shores and borders.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.