Pirate Party Takes 9% Of The Vote In Berlin Elections, Wins A Bunch Of Seats In Parliament

from the that-makes-things-interesting dept

The Pirate Party scored a nice victory a few years ago, having two of its members elected to the European Parliament, but despite a few tries, it had not been able to elect anyone to various state or federal legislatures... until now. TorrentFreak has all the details, but the German Pirate Party was apparently able to secure nearly 9% of the vote in the latest Berlin state parliamentary elections, which should translate into 15 seats in the Berlin Parliament. While many who don't understand the Pirate Party platform think it's just about file sharing, the fact is that more and more young people are recognizing that digital freedom is an important issue. I've long been on the record that I think the name of the party greatly distracts from its overall goals, but I do recognize the reason the party decided to go that way. Getting nearly 9% of the vote in any election for a relatively unknown party is quite impressive. Given that it's Germany, I have to imagine that the ridiculous state of German copyright law played a large role in leading to this election result. If anything it supports the viewpoint that the more draconian copyright law becomes, the less people are going to respect it. The question now is whether or not those elected will actually be able to have any impact, and if the party itself can leverage this into something more.

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    Andreas (profile), 19 Sep 2011 @ 9:38am

    actually the pirate party in germany has strong roots in combining digital freedom with fundamental rights of citizens. in the last few years germany had a long series of loss of those rights, the digital ones are only a small part of it. journalists being observed by BND, crackdowns on many homegrowers, depicting computer gamers and paintball-players as potential killers, body scanners at airports are some examples. german pirates see all of it and try to develop a more rational approach to these topics than the blind fear of the established parties. that's what many voters recognize, and on top of that they want to see young, energetic, proactive politicians who actually listen to what people individually want, not what the surveys claim that the people want.

    it is a movement, and it's growing stronger and stronger. i hope other countries will follow, because pirate parties are about the future of politics itself

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