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Yep. I ran smack into this when I sat down to write my pirate novel. People like the idea of pirates because it's an idea of freedom, of not having a boss. Books on pirates often stress the cooperative, egalitarian nature of pirate crews. They skim over the parts regarding just what those crews were egalitarianly cooperating to do-or what it must have been like to be living in a small Caribbean settlement when all these men with guns landed.

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