Pirate Party Building Up More And More Support: 9% Nationwide In Germany

from the not-to-be-discounted dept

A month ago, when the German Pirate Party took 9% of the vote in the Berlin Parliament elections, it was definitely a surprise to a lot of people. Some brushed it off as being just a weird anomaly in a regional election. However, the success and the attention it brought seems to have increased more widespread attention on the entire German Pirate Party, which has now surged to 9% nationally, which currently puts it in 4th place among political parties -- "well ahead of the hard-line socialist Left (Die Linke) party and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP)."

I have no idea if this is sustainable through any actual elections, but it is notable. People are realizing that the Pirate Party is concerned with serious issues -- even as some try to pretend (incorrectly) they just want stuff for free. The regional success seems to have convinced more people nationally that the Party is viable, which could make things interesting if they can keep this momentum going. Along those lines, it's worth noting that Germany has one of the most ridiculous copyright setups imaginable, with GEMA's overbearing nature, and the fact that all major label music is blocked on YouTube over GEMA's policies (whereas pretty much every other country has worked out a licensing deal). It seems that the more draconian you are with copyright, the more it drives interest in efforts like the Pirate Party, which seeks to push back. Countries (and industries) that support stricter copyright might want to take note.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Oct 2011 @ 1:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Clarity.


    The article is discussing "polling" and the number of people polled in the survey. They did not show a national election where the PP got 9% of the vote.

    Almost every country (except those who have mandatory voting like Australia) have issues getting the young people to vote. Clearly, the things that interest us in our teens and 20s (like making bad rap music ala Marcus Carab) are not compatible with political thoughts. Many of the people in that age group have very idealistic views, ones that are not tainted by reality or any true responsibility. I often think it is the reason there are few younger candidates, because they mostly cannot find a way to fit their flights of fancy into a true political universe.

    If you find a hot button issue that resonates with these younger voters (like piracy), you may be able to get them to the polls in significant numbers, and they will vote for you without consideration of other parties, because established parties are "old and out of date... the buggy whips of politics".

    That is why the demographic question is so significant. Has the PP made significant inroads across the whole electorate, or are they still the one trick pony party playing to the youth, having more fun tweaking noses than actually accomplishing anything?

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