ARC Press Release: Ending Piracy Should be a U.S. Government Priority

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2008-11-24 20:37

Ending Piracy Should be a U.S. Government Priority
November 24, 2008

Washington, D.C.-- “It is unbelievable that one of the top news stories, today in the 21st century, is that pirates are seizing ships, cargo and people off the high seas,” said Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.

“The Gulf of Aden is a major international shipping route. The Somali pirates are snatching cargo destined for all corners of the globe. To the extent that American commercial interests are being impacted, the U.S. government should immediately and decisively secure the shipping route by whatever military means necessary. Why have a navy if not to safeguard the rights of Americans to participate in and benefit from trade on the high seas?

“The American government should act swiftly: the ransom money collected by the pirates is at least in part being filtered to Islamic totalitarian groups, which have openly declared ‘Death to America.’ Our failure to act is providing additional strength to our known enemies.”

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Yaron Brook is executive director of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. He is a contributing editor of The Objective Standard and his articles have been featured in major publications such as, USA Today, the Houston Chronicle, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Providence Journal and the Orange County Register. Dr. Brook is often interviewed on radio and is a frequent guest on a variety of national TV shows, having appeared in the new Fox Business Network, FOX News Channel, CNN, CNBC, and C-SPAN. Dr. Brook, a former finance professor, lectures on Objectivism, capitalism, business and foreign policy at college campuses, community groups and corporations across America and throughout the world.

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Well, now you have Islamists

Richard Wiig's picture

Well, now you have Islamists saying they will ram American ships with suicide boats, so I'd say that's a good enough reason for military involvement. Blast the fuckers, with no mercy.


Duncan Bayne's picture

To quote Babbage, "I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."


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There you go again, Aaron...

atlascott's picture

...with your common sense and clear thinking. Knock it off. Someone might just take your advice and wipe the pirates out.

I am sure NATO will get together and pass some sort of resolution and then we can all go about our business: pirates pirating (though with a stern condemnation from the international community), and Americans wondering what happened to our 401(k) retirement plans...

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International shipping

Aaron's picture

International shipping regulations unfortunately help ensure that merchant vessels are unarmed, even with small arms. It's not practical for the military vessels to be escorts and police, and I don't think it's worth military involvement except when there is a clear port where the pirates take captured ships and operate from (which there is right now). Storm major bases only, treat the pirates to a classic hanging, and the rest could easily be handled/deterred by the same way air hijackings should be - allowing merchant vessels to mount arms or crew carry small arms.


We should stay out of it

atlascott's picture

Unless it directly affects us. Meaning, unless there is piracy against American ships or which affects American shipping lanes.

And then, if it does, we should literally wipe the pirates off the face of the earth as efficiently as possible, as a warning to the next group which decides to infringe an American property right.

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The piracy is a consequence

Richard Wiig's picture

The piracy is a consequence of Islamic ideology. And Kenny, how could you even entertain the idea that Somalian pirates could equate to Ragnar Denneskjold?

You'd be surprised Phil

gregster's picture

Her enduring influence cannot be underestimated.


PhilipD's picture

 You mean to say the average Somalian pirate isn't well-versed in Rand?


"The ultimate result of shielding men from folly is to fill the world with fools."

-Herbert Spencer 


Lindsay Perigo's picture

The purpose of Ragnar's "piracy" was to restore to producers what had been looted from them by way of taxation. I doubt that even the ARI would support such "piracy" were it to occur, unfortunately, though *I* certainly would. The present real-life pirates are looters pure and simple, and it is a legitimate, mandatory function of government to go after them.

You smell...

Jmaurone's picture


(Period, because you know damn well the answer to that.) 

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Would ARI support US government action against

Kenny's picture

Ragnar Danneskjold???

I smell hypocrisy.

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