COMMENT: In FTR #‘s 732, 745, we took a look at the Pirate Bay/Pirate Party milieu, an “anarcho/Utopian” network of (mostly youthful) idealists that coalesced around the concept of Internet freedom and file sharing. In those programs, we also highlighted that milieu’s hosting of, and support for, the WikiLeaks network and operation. Far from being the freedom-loving, democratic minded entity that the Pirate folks and the overlapping “Anonymous” hacktivist network imagined it to be, WikiLeaks is actually a far-right, Nazi and intelligence-linked operation.
The above-referenced programs document these connections.
Two sayings come to mind in this context, in which we see folks (Pirate milieu/Anonymous) who oppose fascism effectively collaborating with, and supporting, a network manifesting Scandinavian fascism and anti-Semitism. “Count your buttons before doing them up” and “Follow the money” constitute wisdom that the Pirate/Anonymous crowd would do well to follow.
There are a number of considerations that come to mind here:
- The article below notes that the Pirate Party could threaten Merkel’s coalition government, if their projected electoral strength is realized. Precisely what implications that might have for the “austerity policy” of Merkel’s government vis a vis the EU remains to be seen, if such an eventuality transpires. Note that the Merkel austerity program, as we have seen, is a deliberate gambit for the subjugation and economic colonization of Europe.
- Although there is much in the Pirate Party platform with which we agree, much of it is also idealistic to the point of impracticality. It’d be nice if there weren’t terrorists of various stripes–neo-Nazis, Islamofascists and others–but unfortunately there are and society MUST guard against them. Incest isn’t cool, regardless of what the Pirate Party thinks. The Pirate/Anonymous/WikiLeaks milieu has run interference for kiddieporn sites in the past. That isn’t cool either.
- It is evident from the article below that the Pirate Party folks are aware, to an extent, that they have a Nazi problem. (In the past, we’ve noted that neo-Nazis were infiltrating that party.) It remains to be seen if they can overcome that problem. As noted by Harmut Semken, head of the party’s Berlin chapter, when a party bars discriminatory actions and statements against immigrants and Muslims but permits anti-Semitic rhetoric under the rubric of free speech, it embodies a serious contradiction.
- If the past is any guide, there is not much cause for optimism. Their opposition to fascism notwithstanding, the Pirate/Anonymous milieu were taken for a long and VERY effective ride by Pirate Bay’s fascist moneyman Carl Lundstrom and Julian Assange and his Nazi/antisemitic assocciates Joran Jermas and Johannes Wahlstrom.
- One wonders if the Pirate Party folks will, indeed, become the new “Cyber-Wandervogel.”
- Who were the Wandervogel? Let’s reprise an excerpt from FTR #‘s 732, 629: “ . . . The chief vehicle for carrying this ideological constellation to prominence was the youth movement, an amorphous phenomenon which played a decisive but highly ambivalent role in shaping German popular culture during the first three tumultuous decades of the [20th] century. Also known as the Wandervogel, (which translates roughly as ‘wandering free spirits’), the youth movement was a hodge-podge of counter-cultural elements, blending neo-Romanticism, Eastern philosophies, nature mysticism, hostility to reason, and a strong communal impulse in a confused but no less ardent search for authentic, non-alienated social relations. Their back-to-the-land emphasis spurred a passionate sensitivity to the natural world and the damage it suffered. They have been accurately characterized as ‘right-wing hippies,’ for although some sectors of the movement gravitated toward various forms of emancipatory politics (though usually shedding their environmental trappings in the process), most of the Wandervogel were eventually absorbed by the Nazis. This shift from nature worship to fuhrer worship is worth examining. . . .” (Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience; by Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier; AK Press [SC] 1995; Copyright 1995 by Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier; ISBN 1–873176-73–2; pp. 9–10.)
- In the context of the decision by Bavaria to republish Mein Kampf, we might well ask if the Pirate Party/“Cyber-Wandervogel” milieu might be seduced by Hitler’s manifesto. (Bavaria’s CSU is the right-wing pole of Merkel’s CDU/CSU party).
- The previous point might be considered in light of a very thoughtful comment by “Suchiibu” on the Mein Kampf post. “The human mind runs on a dual brain system, and books like “Mein Kampf” appeal to the emotional side. Putting this book in young people’s hands and promoting logical arguments about the book’s message is like taking young men to a strip club and promoting logical arguments about sexual ethics and morality. Continuing discussion about why we reject its hatemongering is the only way to counter that hatemongering. But it makes no sense to publish new copies of it ‘for educational purposes’ than it does to include raw manure samples in organic chemistry textbooks ‘for educational purposes’.”
- We should also note that the Pirate Party has branches in other European countries, and could become a “Cyber-Wandervogel” presence elsewhere in Europe.
EXCERPT: The crisis surrounding the euro is leading to growing dissatisfaction with existing parties all over the eurozone. In France, as explained here last week, the current crisis has breathed new life into the far left. In Germany, where the far-left Die Linke party is the successor of the Communist Party of East-Germany, an altogether new party has emerged: the Piratenpartei, the Pirates’ Party.
“I recognize we have a Nazi problem in the Pirates,” Harmut Semken, the head of the Berlin PP said. “There’s no alternative: a party which accepts members without any pre-screening can’t help but attract people trying to hide their contempt for humanity behind freedom of expression,” he added. It is, however, a strange position for a party not to allow any criticism of immigration and religions, such as Islam, while at the same time condoning anti-Semitic activities under the pretext of freedom of expression.
The Pirate movement, which originated in Sweden in 2006, began as a loosely organized group of digital activists whose main aim is the free sharing of information online, including through less stringent copyright laws. Their political activities began with protesting the raid of the Swedish police on the Stockholm servers of the website The Pirate Bay, where music and movies could be downloaded illegally. In 2009, the Swedish Piratpartiet won 7.1 percent of the votes and two of Sweden’s 20 seats in the European Parliament. In the EP, the Pirates belong to the Green Group, led by the Franco-German former revolutionary Daniel Cohn-Bendit. Following the Swedish example, PPs were established in some 40 countries, but none has had the electoral impact of the German branch. . . .
. . . . May 6 is D-day for the European Union: there will be three elections then. That day the French will elect their new president. If Nicolas Sarkozy loses, the EU’s common currency, the euro, will lose one of its staunchest supporters. There will also be general elections in Greece. These will probably be won by opposition parties rejecting the EU imposed austerity measures. Without these measures, Greece will not be able to remain in the eurozone and the euro will begin to unravel. There will also be state elections in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, probably marking another step in the Pirates’ march on Berlin.
Opinion polls predict that Germany’s PP might win over 10 percent of the votes in next year’s general elections. In the 2009 European elections, the party won only 0.9 percent of the votes. In the September 2011 Berlin state elections, however, it won 8.9 percent and in last March’s Saarland state elections it won 7.4 percent. The Pirates are also expected to do well in two important state elections in early May: May 6 in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, and May 13 in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
The Pirates’ advance is causing a serious headache for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. During the past two years, Merkel and Sarkozy formed the tandem upholding the euro. If Sarkozy is beaten and the Pirates’ appeal keeps growing, Merkel seems bound to lose next year’s Bundestag elections. . . .