Czech Pirates Ready for Elections 25 to 26 October 2013

Czech Pirates Ready for Elections 25 to 26 October 2013

The Czech Pirate Party (Česká pirátská strana) is going into the elections with a solid platform that is based on the idea that they want to take advantage of the opportunities offered in the new digital age.

“We want to develop a modern information society full of self-confident and equal citizens.”

The Daily.cz reports that “Libor Michálek, a whistle-blower from the minister Drobil´s corruption scandal, won his seat in downtown Prague. He will be the first ever Pirate Party member in Parliament.” He will not be the only Pirate seeking votes. PPCZ is fielding a wide range of candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, age groups and gender.

PPCZ also wants to protest the current state of politics, characterized by organized corruption, power struggles and “black entrepreneurs” who are financing political parties and interest groups. In fact, a great majority of Czechs believe that their politicians are corrupt and many want to see new parties entering parliament.

Recent polls show that the Pirates have a potential for 8% of the vote and an actual current rating of 3.1% in the latest STEM poll, 43% of Czechs are aware of the existence of the Pirate Party. Among the many points in the Pirate Program are:

Free access to information (openness is the best cure for corruption)

  • Public Accountability
  • Free Access to Information regarding laws, standards and judicial decisions
  • Net Neutrality and censorship free access
  • An informed society
  • Copyright reform
  • Public education about electronic systems
  • Free and open software for government and public bodies.
  • Patent reform

Democratic reform

Pirate in pirate costume and little boy

CC BY pirati.cz

  • Protection of fundamental rights
  • End of surveillance
  • Freedom of informed choice
  • Protection of the public space
  • Limiting the privileges of politicians
  • Direct democracy and recall of politicians
  • Good governance, including whistleblower protection

A knowledge based society

  • Investment in science and education
  • Freedom of choice in types of education
  • Barrier free education
  • Free availability of publicly funded research results

Economics for man, not man for the economy

  • Banks have to serve the economy, not possess it
  • Fair taxation of corporations and tax-free areas
  • Taxation of financial transactions
  • Increased taxation of mineral resources and the use of scarce resources

Pensions and social responsibilities of the State

  • Investigate the idea of a Universal Basic Income

Enabling a business encouraging environment

  • Reducing bureaucracy
  • Transparency of public procurement
  • the abolition of OSA for blank media and storage media
  • Ending copyright based lending fees on library books
  • Acceleration of proceedings before courts
  • Making Czech Republic a data paradise
  • Protection against international bullying

 

Featured image: CC BY pirati.cz

 

Andrew Reitemeyer

About Andrew Reitemeyer

I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar

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