Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Is there a double-standard for pirates? We rail against the Somali pirates, yet we glamorize the pirates of the East Indies. Or is it just the Disney-fied Captain Jack Sparrow pirates of old? For reasons I can't quite figure out, the Somali pirates bug me to no end. And yet, if you were to compare the two, the pirates these days treat their captors really well because they know it leads to bigger payouts. The pirates of old didn't. But I suppose The East Indian Trading Company was The Man, so we cheer because they were fighting The Man. But now I guess the rest of the collective free world is The Man?