Monday, February 16, 2009

Way, Hey, Blog the Man Down!

This be a blog devoted to the romantic ideal of piracy, especially the Golden Age thereof. We will discuss infamous historical pirates, pirates in literature and film, pirate events, nautical archaeology, and perhaps the occasional news story about modern pirates-- but only to lambaste them for their lack of panache and cutlasses.

So why is piracy romantical? Freedom, me hearties. Pirates represent the eschewing of authority and making one's own way with courage and a rejection of the domination of the spirit. The ideal of rational anarchy is perhaps best expressed by Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: "The only law that matters is what a man can do, and what a man can't do." Blow "the Man" down, maties!

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