What Rick Falkvinge Got Wrong on the Development of the Pirate Movement
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On January 1st 2006, the Pirate Party (Piratpartiet) was born which was followed by many other Pirate Parties around the globe. Rick Falkvinge celebrated ten years of Piratpartiet with an article in his own tribune, Infopolicy. In the article, Falkvinge describes the lessons learned during this decade and the way he believes the entire Pirate Movement must follow.
- He doesn’t show awareness that in Spain, anyone who steps outside of hetero-normativity will suffer some form of gender violence (or a combination of several types).
- He doesn’t relate to psychological abuse suffered by workers in Spain. Precarious temporary contracts force them to abandon everything in order to work a few extra hours (informed with short notice). If you don’t come into work right away, they won’t call you again after the contract ends.
- He doesn’t seem to know that in Spain it is impossible to reconcile private life with working life, especially those with dependents: children, disabled and elderly dependents.
- He probably ignores that Spanish elderly, who are “lucky” to live in a residence, are not well maintained.
- He also isn’t aware that Spanish self-employed are the new slaves of the 21st century. They can’t have holidays, working days shorter than 16 hours or the right to be ill.
- He doesn’t show any clues about knowing that there are classes even among the refugees, because distinctions are even made inside Europe. When it is in the oligarchies’ interests to help certain refugees but not others, like the Palestinians, that are sent to rot in hell (just for not standing against the atrocities that Israel does). Not to mention how cozy it is Europe when Denmark envisaged to facilitate the seizure of property and possessions of refugees to cover their welcome. Or what happened in the waters of Ceuta, where the Civil Guard killed 15 migrants who could not swim, under Frontex’s “mandate”. Unsettling, cozy. This is not only in Denmark or Spain. Other countries have also raised ideas contrary to decency and the rights of people fleeing the war in Syria.
- He doesn’t bring up that fascism is re-surging with more virulence in southern Europe (including repression and violence). Although the anti-fascist resistance has not allowed it to go further.