Public-Pirate Partnerships

Alex Tabarrok has written a fascinating history (and economic analysis) of privateering, with some interesting comments at the end about the current crop of military contractors.

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    Arrrrrgh!

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    Also worth looking at on this subject is P.W. Singer, "Corporate Warriors" (2003).

  • squarooticus||

    Is that the sound a pirate makes when dying? I think you want "Arrrrrrrrrr".

  • Dave W.||

    One potential problem is when privateer booty drives the war itself.

    i doubt the owners of the Comet did much lobbying back in 1812.

    However, when Dick Cheney's secret energy task force convinces him to convince us that we need a war against Iraq so privateers can collect the oil there, I consider that as a problem. perhaps the central US foreign policy problem today.

  • highnumber||

    Brilliant insight, Dave W!

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    Oh, Blackwater keep on rollin...

  • JackAss||

    Where can I get some of this privateer booty that DW is rambling on about?

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    i don't want any black water either.

    seriously, i only have one hip left.

  • Dave W.||

    Where can I get some of this privateer booty that DW is rambling on about?

    Whose message board do you think we are having this discussion on? As Madge used to say: you're soaking in it!

  • TallDave||

    I got my stolen Iraqi oil in the mail yesterday. Yay! No more trips to the gas station!

    Also, I recieved $2.1 million from a very generous Nigerian bank official.

    Conspiracy capitalism -- catch the wave!

  • Dave W.||

    I got my stolen Iraqi oil in the mail yesterday. Yay! No more trips to the gas station!

    Be careful -- that stolen oil could come in the form of a mushroom cloud. In fact, I was just at the gas station this morning and I noticed some metal tubes . . . I was getting pretty worried until I realized that Saddam, Uday and Quesay were all dead. Pat Tillman died so that I may live!

  • Chucklehead||

    I noticed some metal tubes . . .

    That was the internet, silly.

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    Now that you mention it, you can get yellow cake at a lot of gas stations.

  • JackAss||

    I got yellow cake for my birthday.

  • VM||

    psst. Jack. that was yellow snow.

  • highnumber||

    psst. Roving Reporter. Didja hear?
    No free beer, not in Berwyn, not tonight.

    The Venom Lords are not the best dressed band in Chicago.

  • VM||

    happyhappyjoyjpy.

    good that we don't have plans.

    /leaves pebble right there

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    Great essay.
    "The Pirates Lafitte" is an excellent read & good for the down-and-dirty details on private-public partnerships.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0156032597/reasonmagazineA/

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    Its interesting that both pirates and ninjas have backgrounds working for states, since they are now mortal enemies.

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    SM,

    I presume the address you meant to give was

    http://tinyurl.com/2q2o5p

    FFF,

    Ninjas versus pirates? I haven't seen that movie.

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    Ninjas versus pirates?

    Ha! It's the robots with death-ray eyes you've got to worry about.

    Them and mimes.

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    Mad Max - Yup that 's it. Curses !

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    You gotta be careful what you shoot, too.

    A mime is a terrible thing to waste.

  • thoreau||

    All the Iraq War booty goes to Nick Gillespie, since his publication has been such a loyal supporter of the Iraq War.

  • Nobody Important||

    Public-Pirate Partnerships
    Jesse Walker | April 13, 2007, 1:36pm

  • Nobody Important||

    Oops. Don't know what happened to my post, which should have been:

    "There are Pirates and Emperors, but they're really the same thing..."

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