“Noblemen Gone Wrong: Piracy and the Democratic Society” by Brittany Stonesifer

Swashbucklers and buccaneers have been remembered by Hollywood for their vicious skirmishes on the briny deep and for legends of jewel-laden shipwrecks, but pirates have been lesser known for their role in influencing contemporary politics. From the (relative) egalitarianism and racial diversity of Golden Era privateers to the creation of a blueprint for modern anti-terrorism law, the world of pillaging sea rovers and scurvy corsairs has been a hotbed for developments and failures in the democratic experiment. This talk will give pirates their proper spotlight as celebrities of political change in the tumultuous wave of globalization.

Captain Morgan Bonney (aka Brittany Stonesifer) is a law student in San Francisco, focusing in international human rights and Constitutional law. Hailing from the Aloha State, Brittany has spent years adding to her already sizable nerdery by making herself an amateur pirate specialist. She also makes a mean crème brulee.


Patriot Pirates, by Robert Patton

An-arrgh-chy, by Peter Leeson

The Invisible Hook, by Peter Leeson

The Dread Pirate Bin Laden, by Douglas Burgess

The Buccaneers of America, by Alexandre Exquemelin, first printed in 1678

A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates, Captain Charles Johnson (believed pseudonym, actual author debated), first printed in 1724

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