How Germany’s Pirate Party is Hacking Politics (With Liquid Feedback)

Piraten ParteiWould be great if this caught on in the United States. As David Meyer writes on GigaOM:

In the furores over SOPA, CISPA and similar bills, many have suggested that politicians just don’t get technology. That’s not an accusation that can be leveled at the Pirate movement, which is gaining traction in Europe at impressive speed.

The Pirates saw their first major electoral success in the European elections of 2009, when voters in the movement’s birthplace of Sweden returned a Pirate to the European Parliament. The Swedes didn’t vote the Pirates into their own legislature, mind you, but now big wins are coming in Germany, the continent’s largest economy and the ideological home of the hacker movement.

Why Germany? Because that’s what the Pirates are trying to do: hack politics, in the sense of making-and-tweaking-stuff sense, rather than destroying it. The movement may have begun with a narrow focus on intellectual property, but it has developed into an attempt to make the political process transparent — and of course better suited to the digital age.

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  • herzmeister

    yup, interesting what’s happening over here. Although they shy away too much from attacking the monetary system for my taste.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      Getting video, audio, books, art, software & eventually physible’s for 3D printers all for free is attacking the monetary system.

      • herzmeister

        That’s of course also an important aspect, everything free and open source reduces friction in life, markets and society. I’d say this is an ongoing endeavor of the tech communities, and not of political activism. Politics will have to subordinate technology here either way, thankfully. :)

        I meant they do not oppose the debt-based currency and central banking system which enslaves us all, they fully support the Euro. For me it’s obvious we need a rich eco system of different approaches to value exchange.

        At least they voted against the ESM (European Stability Mechanism aka bank bailouts) recently, that’s a shimmer of light. :)

  • Okarin

    if the pirate party does get elected it might offend the rich and powerful as no upper class citizen wants to be governed by the common people

  • Don Draper

    We should all fear the Pirate Party!

  • James Cicenia

    I have written about how governance is still resisting the Internet. And that through a slight change in governance could really set us free again. I offer such a thought in what I am coining Socialocracy. You can read some about it at