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Who are The Pirates?

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I am not really in the mood for commenting on the British general election, but I have noticed that the Pirate Party are standing.

I suspect that the smaller parties will pick up a lot of votes as a result of dissatisfaction with mainstream politics and wider alienation, and the Pirate Party could be one of the beneficiaries, so it might be worthwhile examining their background.

The Pirate Party movement was originally a Swedish phenomena and came about as a response to the court action taken against Pirate Bay, one of the world’s largest file sharing sites.

In the end, founders of Pirate Bay were jailed and given massive fines.

The Pirate Party was eventually formed and gained electoral support in Sweden.

Subsequently, international groups were formed in other countries including the UK. I am concerned as to how much of this is genuine and how much could eventually be exploited by the Far Right.

The Swedish Pirate Party received funding from Carl Lundström, the backer of Swedish Far Right and xenophobic groupings.

Expo has more on Carl Lundstrom.

Briefly searching the Swedish forums of the Pirate Party you see an amount of obvious racism, a bit of 9/11 truthing, anti-Obama sentiment and the Offal libel.

However, I can’t make up my mind on them. Are they just well-meaning individuals with a few cranks on their fringes or something else? I am not sure.

Update 1: I got it wrong, they appealed and weren’t jailed, yet.

Written by modernityblog

16/04/2010 at 22:46

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  1. “founders of Pirate Bay were jailed and given massive fines.”

    Actually none of the Piratebay founders have been jailed, despite what the media tells you.


    17/04/2010 at 19:17

  2. Thanks, I did wonder when I typed it 🙂


    17/04/2010 at 19:36

  3. Speaking of weird UK parties, how is the Official Monster Raving Loony Party doing this year..haha

    Andrew Murphy

    18/04/2010 at 03:43

  4. the German Pirate Party had and has some problems with rightwing infiltration and rightwing views of some of its members … generally speaking, the “Pirates” in Germany are the political representation of the IT petty-bourgeoisie and the IT precariate, also striking is, that 90-95% of their members are male and generally deeply anti-feminist


    18/04/2010 at 11:36

  5. thanks ent, I didn’t know that but it makes sense


    18/04/2010 at 13:23

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