View Full Version : The Pirate organization...lessons from the fringes of capitalism.

04-17-2013, 06:16 AM
I grabbed this book yesterday while on my American Airlines adventure and skimmed it briefly last evening at the hotel. The basic premise is the application of pirate tactics in the modern world of capitalism. Gabe and others if you haven't read it might be worth a look. 30289

Gabriel Suarez
04-17-2013, 06:20 AM
Thanks bro...will get it today!!

04-17-2013, 06:23 AM
Just picked up a copy for my upcoming trip for my nook at B&N. Thank you for sharing.

04-17-2013, 06:58 AM
Logging on to Amazon in a few minutes!

Ryan G
04-17-2013, 07:22 AM
Thanks, made note of it for my book list.

Dr. Dan Choi
04-17-2013, 07:24 AM
Downloaded the Kindle version. Will start tonight. Thanks, Sua Sponte.

04-17-2013, 07:50 AM
Description from Amazon:

A short history of piracy and capitalism

When capitalism spread along the trade routes toward the Indies…when radio opened an era of mass communication . . . when the Internet became part of the global economy…pirates were there. And although most people see pirates as solitary anarchists out to destroy capitalism, it turns out the opposite is true. They are the ones who forge the path.

In The Pirate Organization, Rodolphe Durand and Jean-Philippe Vergne argue that piracy drives capitalism’s evolution and foreshadows the direction of the economy. Through a rigorous yet engaging analysis of the history and golden ages of piracy, the authors show how pirates form complex and sophisticated organizations that change the course of capitalism. Surprisingly, pirate organizations also behave in predictable ways: challenging widespread norms; controlling resources, communication, and transportation; maintaining trade relationships with other communities; and formulating strategies favoring speed and surprise. We could learn a lot from them—if only we paid more attention.

Durand and Vergne recommend that rather than trying to stamp out piracy, savvy entrepreneurs and organizations should keep a sharp eye on the pirate space to stay successful as the game changes—and it always does.

First published in French to great critical acclaim and commercial success as L’Organisation Pirate: Essai sur l’évolution du capitalisme, this book shows that piracy is not random. It’s predictable, it cannot be separated from capitalism, and it likely will be the source of capitalism’s continuing evolution.

04-17-2013, 08:40 AM
Thanks. The next book on my reading list is Gabe's You Wanna Survive Or Thrive? I will follow it up with the pirate book.

Ted Demosthenes
04-17-2013, 09:32 AM
Thanks SP! ...Hmmmm...Is pirating a pirate book NPC, stealing, a strategic personal obligation, or just tactical ethics?

04-17-2013, 10:29 AM

This video was apparently released with the book. I just got it on kindle.


Silat Student
04-17-2013, 12:52 PM
Interesting, added to my reading list.