Tuesday, September 19, 2006

It's international talk like a pirate day, apparently

"You are a sneaking puppy, and so are all those who will submit to be governed by laws which rich men have made for their own security; for the cowardly whelps have not the courage otherwise to defend what they get by knavery.

But damn ye all together: damn them for a pack of crafty rascals, and you, who serve them, for a parcel of hen-hearted numbskulls. They vilify us, the scoundrels do, when there is only this difference, they rob the poor under the cover of law, forsooth, and we plunder the rich under the protection of our own courage. Had you not better make then one of us, than sneak after these villains for employment? ....You are a devilish conscience rascal, I am a free prince, and I have as much authority to make war on the whole world, as he who has a hundred sail of ships at sea, and an army of 100,000 men in the field; and this my conscience tells me: but there is no arguing with such snivelling puppies, who allow superiors to kick them about deck at pleasure and pin their Faith upon a Pimp of a Parson; a Squab, who neither practices nor believes what he puts upon the chuckle-headed fools he preaches to.

5 comments:

John M. said...

Arrr, matey. I'm no pirate, but a "privateer", with a "Letter of Marque". Shiver me timbers!

Tom R said...

How come this link is in your sidebar for this post, but no longer on your main page?

Publishers in "misleading press release" shock!

Michael Hanretty said...

I wish people would leave my pimp of a parson alone. He's had a rough enough time of it recently.

Oh, yes. Arrr.

Andrew Rilstone said...

How come this link is in your sidebar for this post, but no longer on your main page?

There was a serious error in the research, and since I didn't have time to re-write it on the spot, I thought it was better to remove it altogether.

Sam Dodsworth said...

*Applause*

This is much-quoted on anarchist sites, I discover, although in fact Captain Bellamy seems to have been a proto-Objectivist:

I am sorry they won't let you have your sloop again, for I scorn to do any one a mischief, when it is not to my advantage.