From what I’ve seen lately, one of the least risky careers you could choose is “high seas pirate”. Gone are the days when you risked hanging from a yard arm, keel hauling or being staked out just above the high tide mark for the amusement of the crabs.
The Somali Pirates have inspired a new generation of would-be buccaneers in search of loot. On the Spanish Main, the pirates sought treasure ships worth a kings ransom. Today, they ransom the ships to insurance companies (how sanitary can you get?).
Historically, you needed a large ship and a substantial crew of brigands, each of whom shared the loot. Today you need a small motor boat and four men. Historically large cannon were required. Today an RPG launcher and a couple of rockets do the trick. There was a time when pirate ships criss-crossed the Atlantic looking for an unwary sail on the horizon. Today, the ships steam close to shore – close enough that you cant seize a ship on the high seas and be home for supper.
The Somali Pirates have shown the way to virtually risk-free career building in the early 21st Century.