Sure, some Pirates were bad guys it's true, then again some Cops are bad, some Doctors, most Politicians and so on, there is good and bad in Humanity.
When the majority of us must constantly suffer the indignations of being classed as Bad to a man, it can feel 'uncool'.
But on the other hand, Pirates get laughed at more than Clowns.

To explain a Pirate's constant feelings of indignation, I offer in example; Captain William Kidd.

A non-masonic Scottish Privateer Kidd was approached and given letters of Marque to attack and capture enemy ships. His story can be found in
full (SIC) in Wikpedia and many Pirate sites.  Legendary Bad Guy.

He became unwittingly drawn into Politics and in particular the WHIG Party and was even considered by the Whig Party as the Party Admiral. Capt Kidd acted at times in confused ways which were born from confused quick changing policies in Politics as the Whigs lost ground in parliament.

Capt Kidd could have settled in america but was tricked into going to London at Political request.
He thought he would be cleared of any wrongdoing convinced to be truly innocent.

He was hanged.
His body caged over the Thames for all to see for months.

Thus so, Powers, Politics and Rulers create a Legend; Capt Kidd a bad Pirate' and generation through generation and then Hollywood and books a created Legend becomes accepted fact.
Accepted fact of this nature becomes so entrenched that any defence Pirates attempt is devalued and ridiculed creating the impossibility of a valid defence.
Myself like my Brethren live an undefendable life.

So to Captain William Kidd's Trial. and the events that are never shown or presented in any way

                                 THE INJUSTICES AGAINST CAPTAIN KIDD:

The French East India Company pass was not given back to Kidd. It disappeared before his trial. This pass would have proved that he was acting as a privateer, not a pirate. This document was found 219 years later in the British Public Records Office.

The Admiralty had appropriated 50 English pounds for Kidd's defense. The money, like the French passes, was lost until the night of May 7th. His legal advisors would not work without the money up front.

After waiting two years for his trial, he was only allowed one brief consultation with his lawyers on the morning before the trial began.
His trial was before six justices and there were four separate trials for six indictments on May 8th and 9th, 1701.

Kidd could not be a witness for his own defense.

His crew was not allowed to testify on his behalf.

Only deserters Palmer and Bradinham could speak to the court.

His lawyer was not allowed to cross-exam them.

His first indictment was for the murder of William Moore, which in today's court would have been considered self-defense, rather than premeditated murder.

After less than one-half hour, the jury returned a "guilty" verdict for Kidd and his six crewmen. Three crewmen were acquitted.

When the court asked if Kidd had anything to say to the court, he said' "I have nothing to say, but that I have been sword against by perjured and wicked people."

Kidd was hung twice before his death. This was because the rope broke the first time.

Five of six crewman escaped punishment, in the end. Nicholas Churchill and James Hous paid the Newgate jailer 315 each for their release after the trial. They were rumored to have dug up 2,300 pounds worth of Arabian gold that they had buried while in the company of their captain.
For two years after his death, his family lived in seclusion in New York. After 18 months, his wife married for the fourth time and bore more children to her last husband.

Lord Bellomont who captured Kidd, died three months after Kidd.

Another legend said that Kidd buried his Bible, before he decided to enter the world of piracy. This gesture was a symbol of the loss of his godly ways.

After his death, Kidd's estate was forfeited to the English Crown. Queen Anne put the 6,472 pounds towards the building of a new hospital in Greenwich. This hospital was "for relief and support of Seamen serving on board the Ships or vessels belonging to the Royal Navy."(Spence).

Durng the trial 35 people from all over the country came to the court to be witness for Capt Kidd. They had tales of how Kidd's ship had come and saved them, giving them water and direction and cures and how he had saved their lives. They were not allowed into the court.
Testimony to a working 'Democratic Socialism' by Captain Bartholomew Roberts and his crew in 1720, a hundred years before Socialism entered the political arena of Europe and adapted from Peiran rules as laid down by solon.
Captain Bartholomew Roberts
                                       THE RULES OF CAPT ROBERTS;

Every man shall have an equal vote in affairs of moment. He shall have an equal title to the fresh provisions or strong liquors at any time seized, and shall use them at pleasure unless a scarcity may make it necessary for the common good that a retrenchment may be voted.

Every man shall be called fairly in turn by the list on board of prizes, because over and above their proper share, they are allowed a shift of clothes. But if they defraud the company to the value of even one dollar in plate, jewels or money, they shall be marooned. If any man rob another he shall have his nose and ears slit, and be put ashore where he shall be sure to encounter hardships.

None shall game for money either with dice or cards.

The lights and candles should be put out at eight at night, and if any of the crew desire to drink after that hour they shall sit upon the open deck without lights.

Each man shall keep his piece, cutlass and pistols at all times clean and ready for action.

No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man shall be found seducing any of the latter sex and carrying her to sea in disguise he shall suffer death.

He that shall desert the ship or his quarters in time of battle shall be punished by death or marooning.

None shall strike another on board the ship, but every man's quarrel shall be ended on shore by sword or pistol in this manner. At the word of command from the quartermaster, each man being previously placed back to back, shall turn and fire immediately. If any man do not, the quartermaster shall knock the piece out of his hand. If both miss their aim they shall take to their cutlasses, and he that draweth first blood shall be declared the victor.

No man shall talk of breaking up their way of living till each has a share of 1,000. Every man who shall become a cripple or lose a limb in the service shall have 800 pieces of eight from the common stock and for lesser hurts proportionately.

The captain and the quartermaster shall each receive two shares of a prize, the master gunner and boatswain, one and one half shares, all other officers one and one quarter, and private gentlemen of fortune one share each

The musicians shall have rest on the Sabbath Day only by right. On all other days by favor only.

If a member of the crew were to rape a woman he would be put to death or be marooned
From these rules it is easy to calculate the state of mind and depth of Respect within a team. There is nothing in these rules that show Pirates to be in anyway like Hollywood and 'distorted' history or false legends constantly promote.
Thanks for getting is far down the page and I hope you find the following explanation of how Good and Bad is envisioned by Peiran Pirates. 

(taken from a true story.)
One day, a small baby of 4 years of age wandered onto the road, at that same moment a truck speed round the bend. The baby in the road was gonna die. But a Guy ran into the road and scooped up the baby.
He saved the baby and was a Hero, a real total Hero, who amongst us could possibly deny that?

27 years later, the baby now a man, turns out to be a Serial Killer, killed seven people, possibly more.
So what happens now?

We were all agreed that the guy who saved the baby was a 100% hero but now time and events seriously challenge opinions as to whether in fact the Guy was a Hero.
For sure the familes of the Serial Killer victims would have preferred the truck hit the baby, for them the Hero did Bad not Good.

Nothing is constant, good today is bad tomorrow and the day after it could be good again.

Good can also be Bad and therefore Bad can also be Good.
Ask anyone and they will tell you Saddam Hussein was a real bad guy, it is said that he killed 138 people.
America and Allies took this bad guy out by inventing the Iraq war which indeed took Saddam out.
The cost of 'removing' Saddam? Almost a million dead and people in Iraq continue to die every day.
So just how Bad was Saddam to justify such incredible Human costs?

During this conflict US war planes bombed villages.  Painted on the tails of the warplanes was the scull and crossbones, (see site docs),so during these bombings the villagers saw my flag on the plane that was hailing down shit on these defensless people.
Did the survivors think it was Pirates who bombed them? Who knows?    In any case Pirates get the Bad publicity.
Does the US Air Force now own my flag and hide behind it?     Where was the mighty American flag?, hiding in shame?
And what has a filthy, corrupt and unjustified war got to do with me, my Brethren and my Ancestral Peiran Pirates and our Flag?

Good or Bad therefore leaves us Pirates indifferent.
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