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Did you know Democracy was helped by the Pirates?

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Published on Sep 20, 2012

it's International "Talk Like a Pirate Day" - a holiday that goes all the way back to 1995 - and was started by two pirate enthusiasts: John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur and Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers. The holiday has since been picked by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - which believes that pirates were the originial "pastafarians" and should be considered "absolute divine beings" The Church has also observed a direct correlation between the number of pirates sailing around the world and rising global temperatures. The fewer the pirates - the warmer the planet is. It's no coincidence that Somalia is home to the most number of pirates - and also has the lowest carbon emissions of any nation. So that's the background of International Pirate Day.

But in all seriousness, we shouldn't just be recognizing the Golden Age of Piracy today - or all the halloween costumes - and movies - and pop culture references - that pirates have given us on this day. We should also be recognizing the most important contribution of all from pirates...democracy. That's right - long before the United States declared independence and ratified the Constitution - pirates were sailing around the world practicing their own democracy. Yes, they were criminals and killers. But as several historians and pirate experts have pointed - most notably Peter Leeson of George Mason University, author of the book "The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates" - pirates also provided one of the best models for democratic, constitutional government.

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