How to be a Pirate: Quartermaster Edition 📙📈

‣ Adapted largely from The Invisible Hook. It's great, go read it:
‣ Grey's 2-hour Director's Commentary:
## Special Thanks
Peter T. Leeson for reviewing a draft of the script. Check out his newest book, "WTF?!: An Economic Tour of the Weird":

## Crowdfunders
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## Music
David Rees:


  • CGP Grey
    CGP Grey11 mánuðum síðan

    The Captain's Version:

  • B1AZ3 P1AYZ

    B1AZ3 P1AYZ

    Mánuði síðan

    Did I become a pirate or somethin'?

  • Sean N

    Sean N

    Mánuði síðan

    did he join?

  • Commander Kittycat65

    Commander Kittycat65

    3 mánuðum síðan

    Which one do I watch first?

  • camramaster


    4 mánuðum síðan

    Can you speak with the empire?

  • 5150jc559


    7 mánuðum síðan

    i found your channel by accident. im here to stay.

  • Gonzalo Nibeyro
    Gonzalo Nibeyro4 klukkustundum síðan

    help I'm in a retroactive circle between the captain and the Quartermaster since June 2

  • Brad lol
    Brad lol10 klukkustundum síðan

    4:05 pirates are just mini communists

  • Dab Daniel
    Dab DanielDegi Síðan síðan

    who knew pirates were socialists

  • terrorcop101
    terrorcop1013 dögum síðan

    One full share of total profits and it equals more than several years' work on a law-abiding ship, that is a very tempting offer.

  • William Rose
    William Rose3 dögum síðan

    This sounds like it could be a fun game, balancing which ships to attack and where to repair and who to hire

  • Florian Engelmohr -Mad Leo Kitten-
    Florian Engelmohr -Mad Leo Kitten-4 dögum síðan

    this two videos are so awesome and entertaining that i simply need to watch them several times everytime i cross them on youtube ^^

    BTMEANT5 dögum síðan

    This is easily one of the best CGP video

  • BigotGaming
    BigotGaming5 dögum síðan

    remove random crits

  • Harry Davis
    Harry Davis7 dögum síðan

    Comrade Pirate

  • Crunchy Churro
    Crunchy Churro7 dögum síðan

    The quartermaster sounds so done with everyone lmao

  • Megan Chang
    Megan Chang9 dögum síðan

    he reminds me so much of saiki fsr

  • Magus Perdé
    Magus Perdé12 dögum síðan

    "Personnality matrix" so pirates quartermasters were Myerrs briggs cultists nuttjobs ?

  • crickets
    crickets12 dögum síðan

    The captain is so cute "ask me about branding" WITH HIS BIG SMILE AWWW

  • Megan Chang
    Megan Chang13 dögum síðan

    this whole thing is like a gaming simulation, especially with the music

  • Devlin Morin
    Devlin Morin16 dögum síðan

    Genetic Personality is a Eugenic concept that has been almost entirely discredited. Modern Neuroscience leans towards pretty much all human psychology developing along a fractal matrix. Which means all developmental factors, both genetics (the smallest factor) and environmental (the largest factors) only shift probability. With the final result being both random and Pseudo-Random.

  • Christopher Reid
    Christopher Reid16 dögum síðan

    A pirates life for me!

  • Martin Sandren
    Martin Sandren16 dögum síðan

    Well i suppose being a pirate you do run the risk of being persecuted by the empire and there are dedicated pirate hunting squadrens

  • Your Mom
    Your Mom20 dögum síðan

    I have done so much research on pirates (informational videos like this and ones from Sam O’nella, “true” pirate tales of people who were pirates rather forcefully or willingly) that I know I’d probably die first day as being a pirate, but I’d do it.

  • Aiden Zorn
    Aiden Zorn21 degi síðan síðan

    “What do we draw in the parts of the ship that don’t do anything” “Fk it: rocks”

  • Raven's Quote
    Raven's Quote21 degi síðan síðan

    Plz help I've watched both of these videos ten times

  • Jiayu Li
    Jiayu Li22 dögum síðan

    i ship captain and quartermaster fjdlafk

  • Sonicelcra
    Sonicelcra23 dögum síðan

    Oh okay guess i'll be a pirate or something then

  • TTVfarhat 0708
    TTVfarhat 070823 dögum síðan

    STONKZ ↗️

  • TRBenjiSwiss
    TRBenjiSwiss24 dögum síðan

    do these pirates watch cgp grey

  • Tom Conte
    Tom Conte24 dögum síðan

    Ok, it's tenth time I'm bouncing back and forth between this and captain's version and still he can't make up his mind!

  • William Gabriel Delgado Gauto
    William Gabriel Delgado Gauto25 dögum síðan

    I'll join

  • Andrew DePooter
    Andrew DePooter25 dögum síðan

    Hexagons are the bestagons

  • Bina Mertens
    Bina Mertens25 dögum síðan

    So basicly pirates were the early comunists

  • Palpetinus
    Palpetinus25 dögum síðan

    Some say he still asks the Captain and Quartermaster alternately for their opinions.

  • Jerónimo Rodríguez
    Jerónimo Rodríguez25 dögum síðan

    Ships were full of rocks? Or is that coal? @1:06

  • iis gamer
    iis gamer25 dögum síðan

    soooo who owns the pirate ship

  • Marco Jiménez Buzón
    Marco Jiménez Buzón25 dögum síðan

    -Are you English? -Congratulation, you already were a pirate.

  • the bunny hawk
    the bunny hawk25 dögum síðan

    So...... pirates owned their means of production

  • Articulate99
    Articulate9926 dögum síðan

    Always interesting, thank you.

  • Dapper Walrus
    Dapper Walrus26 dögum síðan

    I;m stuck in an endless lope SAVE ME

  • qip dip
    qip dip26 dögum síðan

    Man, being the quartermaster is pretty boring.

  • Commentis Anonymous
    Commentis Anonymous26 dögum síðan

    Captain: Chipper AF Quartermaster: Monotone voice

  • The Lucky Pepsi
    The Lucky Pepsi27 dögum síðan

    I'd like to ask Sam onella first

  • 7920 Amel
    7920 Amel27 dögum síðan

    I want a time machine and go to 17th century and be a pirate now in 2021 pirate like: "Ok we surrender with no fight"

  • nathan_ao
    nathan_ao27 dögum síðan

    Pirates are great businessmen

  • Vimto Stealer
    Vimto Stealer27 dögum síðan

    0:14 four farthings is just one penny

  • Charlie Gan Productions
    Charlie Gan Productions27 dögum síðan

    1:00 cool stuff

  • 444haluk
    444haluk28 dögum síðan

    Basically pirates are gangs on sea with a contract and have a sense of meritocracy.

  • This Is..Requiem.
    This Is..Requiem.29 dögum síðan

    You have ruined pirates.

  • Sean Viklünd
    Sean Viklünd29 dögum síðan

    0:51. *heavy breathing* HEXAGON

  • NaN NaN
    NaN NaN29 dögum síðan

    I'd like to talk to a medic of this ship.

  • A pillow
    A pillowMánuði síðan

    If you watch all his videos at 0.75 speed he sounds normal-ish or drunk.

  • lovegrape kitty
    lovegrape kittyMánuði síðan

    Honestly I somehow like the quartermaster version it's more technical

  • AwesomeShite
    AwesomeShiteMánuði síðan

    "This is not because we are better than the Empire" * Litterally explains how they are better than the Empire *

  • Oreo Lord

    Oreo Lord

    24 dögum síðan

    He meant morally superior to the empire. They aren't better than them out if the goodness of their hearts but because they have to be

  • John Smith
    John SmithMánuði síðan

    So it's a loop

  • Stapido McAzfaike ur mom
    Stapido McAzfaike ur momMánuði síðan

    Back about a year later... So did he ever decide?

  • Вардан Степанян
    Вардан СтепанянMánuði síðan

    I do not understand why ISsofts didn’t show me this earlier. Why I had to waste my time on crappy videos wile this gem was here. Some times ISsofts is truly a metaphor for a gem digging.

  • Mr Picky
    Mr PickyMánuði síðan

    dude, i am a marketer and you blew my mind here!!!!! holly cow! you are right, some real life businesses are actually pirating !

  • Astro Orbis
    Astro OrbisMánuði síðan


  • Matías García Casas
    Matías García CasasMánuði síðan

    Wow pirates are actually way cooler than thought I would have totally joined.

  • Tiger Ferguson
    Tiger FergusonMánuði síðan

    now I kinda want to become a pirate

  • Cronialpaler
    CronialpalerMánuði síðan

    Man, the 1800s sure had more economic opportunities.

  • Mack
    MackMánuði síðan

    Booty... gigiddy

  • Fhilo Wael
    Fhilo WaelMánuði síðan

    I want to be pirate

  • Shiekh Waleed Mir Al-Protein
    Shiekh Waleed Mir Al-ProteinMánuði síðan

    I like how Pirates were more organised than most democracies today!

  • KV - 06KP 862845 Calderstone MS
    KV - 06KP 862845 Calderstone MSMánuði síðan

    Lets admit that the captain is chill

  • Boba The Fett
    Boba The FettMánuði síðan

    You should make one of these about drug cartel workers.

  • The King of Cookies
    The King of CookiesMánuði síðan

    Either side makes being a pirate sound cushy and nice, how has he not decided?

  • St Louisball
    St LouisballMánuði síðan

    I swear this came out 3 months ago, not 10

    SATYAM KUMARMánuði síðan

    Luffy will definitely be depressed with reality

  • William Winson
    William WinsonMánuði síðan

    On my 25th rewatch :)

  • jackthegamer
    jackthegamerMánuði síðan

    so to make it simple and for the time, been a pirate was just another way to gain money while been a sailor would end up been the safer and more boring way to go and fortunatly, even back than, sailors would revolts and become pirates due to the very bad wages and terrible treatments they get, infact its a bit the reason why most companies today prefer to pay everyone at a very close wages to the lower paid workers so that the workers doesn't get furious at their superior too much AND have a reason to back it up

  • Colbert Dolbert
    Colbert DolbertMánuði síðan

    Now i can Better play my pirate dnd character

  • ibukimiobruh
    ibukimiobruhMánuði síðan

    so basically its kyoya and tamaki from OHSHC

  • MillicentChuyin


    Mánuði síðan

    I agree with this

  • J. Ackermann
    J. AckermannMánuði síðan

    0:38 Someone else is apparently Blackbeard

  • Trashy-Kun
    Trashy-KunMánuði síðan

    these two pirate videos are great videos. goodjob, very entertaining!

  • Princess Marlena
    Princess MarlenaMánuði síðan

    “Ahhhrrrrrrrr!” 🏴‍☠️

  • Big Buff Cowboy
    Big Buff CowboyMánuði síðan

    Let's see Paul Allen's pirate pitch

  • Dogeinator
    DogeinatorMánuði síðan

    'booty' h e h e h e h e

  • heartlessmushroom
    heartlessmushroomMánuði síðan

    If I had to choose between imperial and pirate life, I'd honestly choose the pirate life based on this video. Unironically sounds less cut-throat than the colonialist driven empire

  • SAbre5311
    SAbre5311Mánuði síðan

    Heeeeelllllllppp! I'm stuck in a loop of these 2 videos, over and over.....!

  • Sufelixtulfan
    SufelixtulfanMánuði síðan

    OK now I wanna be a pirate

  • I honestly don't know
    I honestly don't knowMánuði síðan

    So what your telling me is pirates are communists

  • Earth Minecraftion
    Earth MinecraftionMánuði síðan

    1:13 when you realize booty

  • Victor Hendricks
    Victor HendricksMánuði síðan

    I'd say yes, no need for captain's input

  • Jizal Ahbdid
    Jizal AhbdidMánuði síðan

    5:19 Ace:

  • sunok
    sunokMánuði síðan


  • shodanxx
    shodanxxMánuði síðan

    Lol @ cgp's bleeding material determinism. Though criminality is an interesting proposition when you put it like that. Only maiming seems particularly disagreeable but I have a solution. Quantum suicide. Any outcome with unacceptable losses is to be converted into death. And voila, criminality can only end well or end immediately.

  • Madison Simmons
    Madison SimmonsMánuði síðan

    so which was the part 1 and which was the part 2

  • Teodor Ferseta
    Teodor FersetaMánuði síðan

    Most privateers had European monarchies as actual customers, though. Elizabethan England was financing Captn. Drake out of an expectation it would get part of the Spaniard gold he was plundering as a return on investment. The system described here never worked. Once the letters of marque stopped being issued by governing authorities (i.e. The Empire), the pirates went under.

  • Verony
    VeronyMánuði síðan

    The Holy Video of the Pastafarian Faith

  • Dylan Grant
    Dylan GrantMánuði síðan

    I would *LOVE* to be a PIRATE

  • A_Dreamer
    A_DreamerMánuði síðan

    3:33 The Gentleman Pirate: Hold my beer

  • Not Yveltal
    Not YveltalMánuði síðan

    Chop chop

  • Vivi
    ViviMánuði síðan

    pirate's loophole: have a friendly pirate ship fight you but not really and now you can't be removed from your captain position

  • xtruckthor


    22 dögum síðan

    “Wait, that’s illegal!” “Illegal?”

  • totalolage _
    totalolage _Mánuði síðan

    So pirates were ancaps

    LIM REN JIE MoeMánuði síðan

    This is the business version

  • Chinese Communist Party
    Chinese Communist PartyMánuði síðan

    u r cool

  • Leo Sarpamones
    Leo SarpamonesMánuði síðan

    This is like one piece

  • Borat Sagdiyev
    Borat SagdiyevMánuði síðan

    Yar I'm in. Lets set sail!

  • Camobeasto
    CamobeastoMánuði síðan

    I’ve been lied to...

  • Toaster having a bath
    Toaster having a bathMánuði síðan

    Bill, i have a contract

  • Emma Hardt
    Emma HardtMánuði síðan

    Comrade quartermaster

  • Manish Dyall
    Manish DyallMánuði síðan

    So basically, piracy is socialism?