esse quam videri … to be rather than to seem to be
The dreams of others, no matter how humorous, ephemeral or fleeting, should not be so easily dismissed out of hand.
Pirates’ Utopias, liberty societies and other constructs of social living have existed since the Golden Age of Sail. In so much that there are differences in the perceived notions of what it meant to be a pirate, the actual record varies. If one were on the Coasts of Morocco or Madagascar, pirate societies had a definite element of socialism. However, in American societies, the perception of Pirates drifted towards a more extreme version of individual liberty, negative governmental rights and the magnification of collective endeavors. (more…)