A Pirate’s Vote for Me

Posted: September 23, 2011 by jerkmag in RANT -- politics
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The Germans are known for many things. Having political parties with offbeat names is not one that comes to mind. On, Sept. 18, the Pirate Party Germany won all 15 seats it had nominated candidates for in the city-state parliament of Berlin.

Even more surprising to me is that these candidates are all in their 20s and 30s, and some had donned HOODIES, COMIC BOOK TEES and JEANS–among other casual wear–during the election. I’m sorry, when did a German parliament, much less any other parliament, give the okay for that? Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s kind of awesome…no, extremely awesome.

They received 8.9 percent of the vote for which they only needed 5 percent to get elected, and their platform is a single-issue stance for Internet freedom. I mean, damn. Just damn. That is impressive. I’m still amazed that it even happened. Hell, I think they are too. Despite their less-than-formal name, they are definitely a party to watch.

The New York Times included an interesting quote by Berlin’s Mayor Klaus Wowereit–whose Social Democrats party was the majority winner of the election–in which he noted that the Pirates are only made up of young, white men at the moment. Yes, that’s a valid point, but I say give them a break for now.

As one of my friends pointed out while we browsed through photos of these newly elected legislators: “They look like they’re the guys that created Facebook or something.” Exactly right. Most of the “Pirates”  in those photographs look like they’re computer geeks. Just because they fulfill the stereotype of so many generations of computer geeks before them of not having any women in their group, doesn’t mean they don’t have the possibility to adapt and improve. They seem open to new ideas and look to bring a fresh perspective to the German political system. Besides, how can you not like a political party that admits to being pirates up front?

-Erin Elzo

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