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Repo man of the seas

John Crace of the Guardian writes about someone totally cool.

Max Hardberger makes his living by stealing back stolen cargo ships, beating pirates at their own game from Haiti to Russia.

10 comments to Repo man of the seas

  • Johnathan Pearce

    Like something out of a Clive Cussler novel!

    On a serious note, we have of course been over the piracy-and-what-to-do-about-it before. It seems to me that we need to absorb the lessons of the US force’s successful destruction of the Barbary Pirates in the early 19th Century. Also, there is a need to consider how merchant vessels can be properly defended and the rules of self defence on the open seas need to be reviewed.

    Piracy is, according to a recent news item I glimpsed, now having a serious impact on things such as the costs of international trade.

  • Thanks for the pointer Natalie – this guy is awesome. I bet he doesn’t vote either:-)

  • John Galt

    He reminds me of Ragnar Danneskjöld from Atlas Shrugged.

    Just the sort of person we’ll need “After the fall”.

  • I remember a similar guy on CSI:Miami doing the same thing with aeroplanes. I wonder how you get into that line of work…

  • Paul Marks

    Good post – and good comments.

    In the end two things matter – epirical reality (including “the fall” if it occurs) and the PRINCIPLES people have.

    Economic breakdown and the fall of govenment can lead to bloodsoaked choas if most people with firearms have statist principles (as they do in the part of Somalia that is most often reported – there is not “anarchocapitalism” there, what there actually is lots of different governments), but it need not do so.

    If most armed people respect private property (the private property rights of OTHER PEOPLE as well as themselves) and the social order based upon it, then the outcome is very different.

  • John B

    Makes one wonder what is the Guardian up to.
    Promoting such ‘rugged individualism’.
    Has their editorial department had a seizure of some sort?

  • Yeah, John, it’s almost as if there is something in the air lately, isn’t it? …nah, just me and my wishful thinking…

  • I facebooked about pirates this morning at:-


    The cost of international shipping will begin to fall when I shall be made Principal-Secretary-of-State-for-War-and-Foreign-Relations in Sean Gabb’s British Revolutionary Libertarian Government.

  • John Galt

    Yeah, John, it’s almost as if there is something in the air lately, isn’t it?

    It reminds me of when I was a kid and went to a circus. One of the acts used to spin plates on the end of bamboo sticks and had to run around keeping all of the plates (a dozen or more) spinning furiously.

    A bit like the alphabet soup of Inter Governmental organizations (G20, OECD, EU, blah-di-blah) all saying everythings fine while running around trying to stop various Ponzi-scheme governments and debased currencies from collapsing.

    Time to trip up the ‘plate spinners’ I think and bring the whole thing crashing down around their idiotic feet.

  • Like something out of a Clive Cussler novel!

    I was thinking “The A-Team.”