Sunday, April 19, 2009

Don’t get carried away – why vote pirate?

After the first trial against the Piratebay people their equivalent political party has gotten thousands of new members and if the trend holds, they will most likely claim a couple of seats at the European Parliament at the coming election.
Although I would love to see some rebellious forces at the heart of all that is evil, it is still very hard to see the point. A political party rallied around a couple of issues is going to be ignored and overrun by the shroud and savvy masterminds that reside in Brussels and Strasbourg. And how will they form allies? Will they vote with EPP? PEL? What is their position in environmental issues? Healthcare? Agriculture? Or the EU for that matter? Today they draw strength from being loose on policies and gaining members from all directions, this will not and cannot last.

It might sound fine fighting the good fight and getting youngsters to enroll for once, but if this confidence and temporarily up-swing is not used properly, only a hang-over will remain after a year or two. Some people actually seem to think that pirates in the EU parliament will make a difference, which is nonsense. And getting thousands of new members that need only to do a couple of clicks after a political high-profile trial is one thing, getting all those and many more to vote is something else.

I have no real insight about the pirate party’s active list or how good politicians they are, but from my standpoint it seems to be very few that actually knows the realities of the political sphere. And people in general are more concerned about unemployment, financial policies and the environment than anything else. When journalists really starts to ask questions and the harsh reality of being in the lime-light comes down over these pirates and the current hype from the trial has died out, how will they manage then? Not very good I would say.

The Pirate Party wants to fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens' rights to privacy are respected. With this agenda, and only this, we are making a bid for representation in the European and Swedish parliaments.

What they need are at least a couple of more standpoints. To make a decision on more issues. Not necessarily every single one, but some of the mentioned or other things that might affect how the party is seen and then let each member use their own heads on other topics. Or is the plan to ignore voting on every other issue then the ones they have a standpoint on? If that’s the case, a vote for the pirates is a complete waste. What I’m concerned about is that I see a great risk that these guys will turn into another socialist complain group voting with tree-huggers and communists on many issues. And as long as that is a risk, I would neither vote for nor support them.

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