“Letters of marque” were issued in the Golden Age of Piracy to independent swashbucklers who roamed the seas on behalf of the crown. The letters authorized them to apprehend, ransom, and, if necessary, kill buccaneers interfering with trade. The consummate outsiders, the captains holding letters of marque were hated by pirates, tolerated with derision by governments, and rarely respected by the public. But they were free – free to follow their own conscience and mete out their own justice, within the bounds of their license from the government.
Marque’s Letters is a blog on politics written by a politically conservative lawyer yearning to be free. Celebrating the license granted by the First Amendment to hunt deception, expose stupidity and further the cause of justice, Marque’s Letters will not stop until all wrongheadedness has been eradicated from the internets. In other words, you aren’t getting rid of me.