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  •  Pirate democracy better than the GOP? (7+ / 0-)
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    Pluto, Alma, Joieau, MT Spaces, Sylv, Ahianne, nomandates

    Wikipedia...

    Unlike traditional Western societies of the time, many Caribbean pirate crews of European descent operated as limited democracies. Pirate communities were some of the first to instate a system of checks and balances similar to the one used by the present-day United States and many other countries. ... There are contemporary records that many pirates placed a portion of any captured money into a central fund that was used to compensate the injuries sustained by the crew. Lists show standardised payments of 600 pieces of eight ($156,000 in modern currency) for the loss of a leg down to 100 pieces ($26,800) for loss of an eye.

    Mitt Romney treats people like things. And he treats things - corporations - like people.

    by richardak on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 07:57:02 PM PDT

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