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The Pirate Party: Are they Indeed the “Cyber-Wandervogel”?

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Logo of Ger­man Pirate Par­ty

COMMENT: In FTR #‘s 732 [2], 745 [3], 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.

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Pirate Par­ty Inter­na­tion­al Logo

There are a num­ber of con­sid­er­a­tions that come to mind here:


“Will the Pirates Cap­ture Ger­many? by Peter Mar­ti­no; The Gate­stone Insti­tute; 4/24/2012. [13]

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. . . .