Founded in 2006, the German Pirate Party (or Piratenpartei Deutschland) is some kind of digitally minded younger person’s political party that might (or at least could) bear a tangential relationship on some level with the Occupy-ers if you wanted to creatively merge their manifestos or mission statements. Imagine how exciting it would be if there was a comparable party in the U.S. — an under-40, fuck-you-boomers-and-your-economic-enslavement-of-our-generation party. You can’t say it wouldn’t feel like or in fact be a healthy thing.
Piratenpartei Deutschland “states general agreement with the Swedish Piratpartiet as a party of the information society, [and] is part of the international movement of pirate parties and is also a member of the Pirate Parties International,” the Wiki page says. “Since 2011 the party has succeeded in attaining a high enough vote share to enter three German state parliaments (Berlin, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein).
“According to political theorist Oskar Niedermayer, the party sees itself as part of an international movement to shape with their term of ‘digital revolution’ which is a circumscription for the transition into information society. With their focus on freedom in the net and their fight against government regulations of this sphere, they hit the nerve especially of the younger generation.
“Even if the network policy is the core identity of the party, it is now more than just an advocacy party of ‘digital natives’ and characterizes itself as a social-liberal-progressive. Former federal chairman Sebastian Nerz sees the party as social-liberal party of fundamental rights which among other things wants to advocate for political transparency.”