Pirates and Emperors

November 26, 2008

The Somalian pirate situation has indirectly brought to my attention this Schoolhouse Rock-style video. It’s actually quite well done, though I find the tone a bit too negative. Also, the central premise is true, but that’s not enough for it to be taken seriously. There may be no fundamental difference between democratic leaders and pirates, but there is certainly a practical difference, and most serious people are more concerned about practical differences than fundamentals. In other words, even if government is a type of pirate, there are good pirates and bad pirates.

Whatever. Hector is a thief. Hector is a murderer…

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