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Another breed of pirate…

Good morning, Netizens…


Suddenly the word “pirate” is being tossed around with great frequency by various heads of American state, including President Barack Obama. In this morning’s news there is even talk of bringing back privateers, who were employed against pirates in America’s past: pay the privateers a bounty for each pirate they capture and bring home. It might work.


However, in this morning’s David Horsey cartoon, we envision pirates of a different flavor. These are not your Somali warlords but rather people dressed in Brooks Brothers button-down suits who are viewed by some of Americans as just good old-fashioned capitalists. What is the difference between robber-pirates and crooked capitalists? Come to think of it, there isn’t that much difference.


However, the minute you interject ethics into this equation between the two classes of pirates, Somalis fighting for their survival and blue plate cads who are already well-to-do and getting wealthier on the pain and suffering of others, high-tech American capitalists are not really pirates at all. They are just thieves.


As much as we bad mouth the Somali pirates, they do seem to have a nobler cause.


Dave




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