Modern Patriots: Are we paying attention to the men and acts that that made us free once, or are we doomed to live in slavery, despite the blueprint to Liberty provided by our Founders?
Benjamin Franklin’s involvement in privateering is an excellent demonstration of the old adage that “history is written by the victors.” To the British of the 1770’s, Franklin’s privateering commissions were unlawful acts of piracy and could even be regarded as a form of terrorism. Had the United States lost the revolution, Franklin’s heroics would have been a hanging offense and he might have been remembered by history not as a patriot, but as a villainous pirate. But the purpose of this article is not to point the finger of blame at Benjamin Franklin and accuse him of piracy. But rather it seeks to admire the self-less determination of a man who went to great lengths for the sake of his countrymen and walked the fine line between patriotism and piracy- privateering!