I just seen this, over in the Maily Dail. Click the picture, it will come up fully.
Pity I can’t afford to go on it just for a little bit. But it raises the question of “seasteading” which I notice lots of libertarians seem to like the idea of. Can’t see the attraction in it myself, wandering the high seas like the Flying Dutchman, never owning a fixed house or even a field or a bare mountainside…if we object so strongly, as we do, to Big Statism pushing us about and tryannising, then change the States, surely? Don’t bugger off onto the oceans, where ultimately if they don’t like 6,000 libertarians all on one little boat, they can sink and drown you and not pick up survivors!
And the boat won’t live for ever, and has to be built in a land shipyard…
Am I paranoid, or is “piracy” by a load of towelhead scumbags with pop-guns and lilos, being allowed for some reason? It does seem rather odd that in the 21st century (I still piss myself at the very idea of one!) huge metal ships bursting at the seams with crewmen (I assume they are men?) get held up, presumably in the full sight of toher ships, hijacked and emptied of people by a couple of thug-muggers on a rubber ring, with what amounts to an airgun.
Are these buggers friendly with fake charities? Are their Khalashnikovs paid for by “Chrisdaia Nit”, for example, or “people not profit”? Or even Gordon Brown? I do not know. I think we ought to be told.
Has nobody heard of the British East India Company? Of course, it was really a fascist monopolistic “public-private-prtnership”, fully in bed with the State in most aspects of its operation, but it did manage to mostly protect its ships and employees from attack, most of the time. I wonder what the employers are doing about this modern matter, and what their insurers say?
I note that The LandedUnderclass wondered about this same problem a little while ago.
So droll from Samizdata. The more pirates are hung, beer-glassed or drowned by the crews they attack, the fewer pirates there will be.
There are of course planty of accounts of the action, but as I was going to do a piece tomorrow anyway I will just flag up Free Market Fairy Tales now.
The astonishingly wicked and deluded dreams of Napoleon remind us, eternally, of the barbarian wishes of land-locked powers to subjugate, regulate and “codify”. I was taught that “Napoleon improved and codified the laws”…this was supposed to be good – it did sound so and got me 100% in history exams, but now we know what that means. It’s the opposite of Common Law.
…what can be done with only “40 ships”.
Apparently, there are more admirals than ships now.
The whole point about this blog is that we have to decide whose side to choose, and fight for it. We may have to, sadly. And if we can’t stop the buggers arriving to trash us, we are lost. The odd Typhoon will just not do. (And the Americans will not come, this time: I can’t blame them. They’ve done enough, and are tired, and they do have their own problems right now.)
The protection of the idea of Libertarianism, as a way of seeing how people relate, get on, co-operate and make progress for all of Mankind, will come down to a war, in the end. I am sorry but I think it will.
And worse, our state schools are producing stupidized young people….(you have to be intelligent and well-educated in the Liberal Classical tradition: both to stay alive, and to know how best to “interpret” “orders”…)