For some reason, around this time of year one's thoughts invariably turn to pirates. For the six year old, they're these Pyrates (note: for a less animated version, click here. For me, it's The Devil's Anarchy, which feeds off contemporaneous accounts and documents about a pair of pirates and tries to recreate what pirates were actually up to: Were they plunderers and pillagers, or did their revolt, their egalitarian social organization (captains commanded only in battle; crews were democratic otherwise, for example), their abhorrence of violence (much better to threaten than to actually have to fight), signify something else? The preface tells us that the work's author, Stephen Snelders, shows us "[the] pirate as libertarian hero, [the] pirate as symbolic focus for anti-Capitalís desire."
I'm not far along to say, but the book does have a nicely bizarre mix of Marxist and Libertarian theology...Posted by Ideofact at July 6, 2005 02:22 AM