Sweden’s Pirate Party: High Hopes for the Upcoming Elections
Swedish Pirate Party seems to be quite confident in its chances to the 2009 European Parliament elections. As TorrentFreak points out more than half of all Swedish men under 30 are likely to vote for them.
The website for the Pirate Party was opened on January 1, 2006 (at 20.30 CEST), starting the foundation of the party and apparently the Internet is accountable for the increase of its membership by 50 percent during the last quarter, beating that of the recognized Green Party. “We couldn’t have done this without the dialog infrastructure that the Net provides. Oldmedia has lost control of the discourse,” Swedish Pirate Party Leader Rick Falkvinge stressed out.
Although most people involved in mainstream media received the foundation of this new party three years ago as a bunch of Swedish file sharers having nothing better to do but forming their own political party, now as the government is struggling to enforce stringent copyright laws and others that may be labeled as a serious threat the privacy of the average Swedish, the Pirate Party is starting to get considerable acknowledgement and recognition.
In order to assure itself a seat for the upcoming European election, the Pirate Party needs 100,000 Swedish to vote for them, something which is totally achievable given the present political environment in the country. Falkvinge showed enthusiasm in his comments for the future: “We need to grow by another 50%, counting from the Swedish election two years ago, to get seats in the EU parliament and shake the political copyright world at its core. It’s hard, it’s supposed to be hard, but the numbers show we can do it. We can do this, and the charts are going stratospheric.”
Introduction to Politics and Principles
The Pirate Party wants to fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens’ rights to privacy are respected. With this agenda, and only this, we are making a bid for representation in the European and Swedish parliaments.
Not only do we think these are worthwhile goals. We also believe they are realistically achievable on a European basis. The sentiments that led to the formation of the Pirate Party in Sweden are present throughout Europe. There are already similar political initiatives under way in several other member states. Together, we will be able to set a new course for a Europe that is currently heading in a very dangerous direction.
The Pirate Party only has three issues on its agenda: Reform of copyright law, An abolished patent system, Respect for the right to privacy.