- voted for their captains
- offered life insurance, health insurance, and accident insurance to crew members (admittedly this was just “we’ll give you a lot of money if you lose a body part while working on this boat” but still)
- had a (male only, sadly) form of gay marriage called mateloge where two male partners would legally share property
- hired regardless of race & payed all races equally; pirate ships were often safe havens for escaped slaves
(Sources: “Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age” by Marcus Rediker, “The Invisible Hook: the Hidden Economics of Pirates” by Peter T Leeson)
So if you wanna talk like a pirate, talk about worker’s rights, racial equality, gay marriage, universal health care, and direct democracy.
So, I have been on the road all day and unable to garb up for Talk Like a Pirate Day, so here’s some photos from when I “stole” a bunch of pirate garb and dressed up as a certain privateer for Labor Day at the Georgia festival. As well as my favorite pirate photo from my work with The Angels this year.