Pirates and politics
February 2 / 2023
An anthropologist argues that experimental communities in Madagascar influenced the European Enlightenment
Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia review by Jatin Dua, Science
In his book, “Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia,” the point isn’t the swashbuckling — though some swashes do indeed buckle — but the real story of antiauthoritarianism, gendered economics and direct democracy behind a legendary 18th-century pirate province. The bleeding edge of the Enlightenment’s democratic revolution, in this telling, wasn’t to be found in a Parisian guillotine but rather in the fragile consensus forged over long meetings on a distant island.
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