In an astonishing turn of events The Pirate Party of the United States is finally opening up registration in the state of Utah. I never thought I’d see the day come where the American people might be able to catch up to the modern ideals of Sweden’s Piratpartiet*!!
Straight from the horses mouth:
The Pirate Party of the United States announces it is now accepting statements of support in the State of Utah. These statements are the first step in the registration of the Pirate Party as a political body in the State of Utah.
[…] “We feel that Utah is an ideal state to begin registration of the Pirate Party as a political body,” says Andrew Norton, spokesperson for the Pirate Party of the US. “Utah has a strong history of political diversity, and technological progress.”
[…] The Pirate Party of Utah, as the state party will be known, has until early February 2008 to return the 2000 signatures of registered voters it needs.
If you don’t know anything about the PPUS, or any of the Pirate Parties around the world, do not be fooled by the word “Pirate”. This movement is not all about downloading music or movies. The PPUS is a burgeoning political party, like the Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians are political parties. As of yet, the PPUS is not officially recognized by any state or federal government in the US. In a country where most recognized political parties are only concerned with winning elections, the PPUS would be a breath of fresh air. The PPUS focuses on issues that concern privacy and freedom in cyberspace, as well as general civil liberties in meatspace. Here is an excerpt from their preamble:
Washington tries to govern [the society of the internet], yet they know nothing of it. They do not know the values we hold dear, nor do they know anything about the vast and deep culture that has formed. These politicians continue to pass laws and impose their thoughtless will on our society with no one to speak out on our behalf. Lobbyists claim to tell politicians what the American people want, what is good for the American people.
Why do we let these lobbyists control our great country? Why do we let these crooked politicians in Washington be persuaded by those who only care about profit margins and earnings reports? Fixing this may seem impossible, and for one individual to attempt it alone is impossible.
However, at its deepest roots the United States is still democratic. It is time for the members of the Internet community to let their voices be heard in Washington. No longer will we be idle, and watch as our community goes without representation in the United States of America.
Rather well written I think, especially if you remember the “Series of Tubes” speech that Ted Stevens gave while simultaneously trying to stop the Net Neutrality act and exposes his complete ignorance of anything regarding the internet.
If you would like to learn more about the PPUS and the issues that they are fighting for, follow this link to their page that pretty much explains what they are all about.
Hopefully they can dodge the Bush administrations politics of fear long enough to garner enough signatures in time to become officially recognized.
If you’re thinking, “WTF?!?” or “Why?”, then I’ll just point you to the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
If your interest is peaked, then go ahead and register on their website, it don’t cost a thing.
I’ll keep you updated on their progress.
*If you want to learn a bit more about the Piratpartiet follow the jump.
*Just in case you don’t know, the Piratpartiet is a rather succesful political party in Sweden that supports the likes of the largest open torrent server on the net, www.thepiratebay.com, and even created the Relakks network where you can log in via VPN for complete anonymity and security on the net. Note that Relakks is a paid service.