Pirate Party Gets Its First Mayor

from the but,-no,-it's-not-a-serious-party dept

We've been talking a bit about the rise of the Pirate Party (mainly in parts of Europe) and how it may change politics, even if the party itself never goes mainstream. However, the party continues to score victories, especially in Germany. The latest, while not an electoral victory, involves the mayor of the town of Eixen, who has changed his affiliation from nothing to Pirate Party -- meaning that the Pirate Party now has a mayor.
Mayor Andre Bonitz, who was elected in 2009, has switched from being non-partisan to the Pirate Party of Germany. For the citizen itself nothing changes in the first place, but that the newly converted mayor have announced to start a regular pirate meeting open to everyone, where the people can discuss with him and fellow pirates directly.
I'm sure some will mock this as not important or bandwagon jumping or something else -- and to some extent, all of that may be true. But it is another sign of just how much The Pirate Party has been able to shake up politics in Germany.


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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2012 @ 3:35am

    The "ignore us" stage is well over.

    Still at the "laughing at us" stage.

    But they are starting the "fight us" stage.

    How does that saying end ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2012 @ 4:15am

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    Then they buy the legislative and executive branches and we lose?

     

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    Jake, May 10th, 2012 @ 4:17am

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    That phrase was coined when the militant left (insofar as that dichotomy makes a lick of sense anymore) was as comfortable with the idea of going out and breaking some heads as the militant right. Let's not get complacent, huh?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2012 @ 4:27am

    "...and to some extent, all of that may be true."

    To what extent, exactly?

     

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    The eejit (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 4:31am

    Re: "...and to some extent, all of that may be true."

    To some extent. GOD, can't you read?

     

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    God, May 10th, 2012 @ 4:34am

    Re: Re: "...and to some extent, all of that may be true."

    I don't need to read, son.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2012 @ 4:39am

    it may well be happening slowly, but change is happening. people are totally fed up with the way their interests and concerns are completely ignored in favour of big business, big corporations, self-serving governments and 'i dont give a shit about you now' politicians!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2012 @ 4:47am

    Over the last couple of years i have writing to my various MEPs about ACTA etc.. what was often mentioned by them was that the only serious research and information about these topics was coming from the Pirate Party. Pro ACTA information, they said , had no basis in fact. I think they are doing really well, really quickly.

    The Pirate Party may have a daft name but at least its not as uninspiring as 'Labour'.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2012 @ 4:49am

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on May 10th, 2012 @ 3:35am

    Next stage: "and then we win"

     

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    Francisco George (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 5:04am

    Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on May 10th, 2012 @ 3:35am

    Yep right...in Spain Pirates already managed to put one Pirate in a city council...small steps...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2012 @ 5:43am

    England really needs a more noticable Pirate Party. One is there, but it's bacically non-existant and most people don't even know it exists. It's starting to seem like it could be a possibility now...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2012 @ 5:59am

    America needs a viable 3rd party...

     

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    mikey4001, May 10th, 2012 @ 6:17am

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    America needs a viable party.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 6:26am

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    America needs to fight for its right to party.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2012 @ 7:26am

    I'm sure some will mock this as not important or bandwagon jumping or something else -- and to some extent, all of that may be true.

    OK, I'll be the first then. If the guy ran as a member of the Pirate Party, I'd say it's noteworthy. But he didn't. Let's see what happens in the next election before you anoint the Pirate Party's beer hall putsch a success.

     

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    Atkray (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 9:21am

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    Profit

     

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    Squig (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 10:40am

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    PPUK ran for the last municipal elections in a few select cities, getting 3-5% where they ran (Giving hope for the next EP elections). They are in dire need of activists, maybe you should consider joining them?

     

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    Squig (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 10:41am

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    It looks like the PP movement is strong and appealing enough to get independent successful (albeit on a municipal level) to join us. That is something. Not the same as an election success, but still.

     

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    Jeffrey Nonken (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 2:13pm

    It doesn't matter whether he's just jumping onto the bandwagon. The fact that there's a bandwagon to jump onto is significant in itself.

     

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    Watchit (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 2:41pm

    Re: Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on May 10th, 2012 @ 3:35am

    That's awesome :D
    Have any advice for new pirate party members in the U.S.?

     

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    Watchit (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 2:44pm

    Re: "...and to some extent, all of that may be true."

    "I'm sure some will mock this as not important or bandwagon jumping or something else -- and to some extent, all of that may be true."

     

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    Watchit (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 2:45pm

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    Americans need to break out of the two party system.

     

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    Watchit (profile), May 10th, 2012 @ 2:45pm

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    Baby steps :D

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 10th, 2012 @ 3:55pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Partying often involves playing music without paying a license fee ...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2012 @ 3:28am

    Here is another piece about the Pirate Party's success in the regional elections last week, and an analysis of their current state.

    http://knowfuture.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/more-booty-for-the-pirate-party-in-germany/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 11th, 2012 @ 7:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    playing music without paying a license fee makes you cool

     

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