Nov 28, 2012

What Is The Pirate Organization?

This slick trailer for Rodolphe Durand and Jean-Phillipe Vergne's book about the true effects of piracy on the world economy, taking the stance that the practice is misunderstood and has actually only benefited capitalism. A very interesting perspective by the authors to say the least, and the thorough analysis goes all the way back to the 1700's with companies like the East India Company trying to claim control of the seas, and the response of the 'pirates' who believed the sea was a public good. History repeats itself.

A brief synopsis: 'A short history of piracy and capitalism: When capitalism spread along the trade routes toward the Indies…when radio opened an era of mass communication . . . when the Internet became part of the global economy…pirates were there. And although most people see pirates as solitary anarchists out to destroy capitalism, it turns out the opposite is true. They are the ones who forge the path.'

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