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 @ 10:04am

    What's really a shame about this in the United States is that the Pirate Party, and any other third party, will never get off the ground because our system is designed to have just two major parties. Paralimentary systems like Europe has are more representative of the people.

    There's only been 2 cases in the United States where a major political party fell apart and got replaced by a third party, both over 150 years ago.

    The first was the Federalists, who were really radical pro strong govern and pro rich people. They envisioned the kind of government we have today, yet their party quickly fell apart after just a few elections, because the Democratic Republicans stole all their good ideas, leaving the Federalists with only really radical ideas left to push.

    The second was the Whig party, they were generally a more pro-north party back when Slavery was still around. The Whig's fell apart because they managed to piss off both sides with the slavery issue. Their failure led to the raise of the Republican Party, founded ironically in the North Eastern states as a radical pro-north screw-the-south party that wasn't going to even bother trying to get on the ballot in the south, let alone try to get their votes.

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