The Future of Democracy Emerges in Iceland

The Future of Democracy Emerges in Iceland

The crisis that knocked on Iceland’s door in 2008, turned out to be a “beneficial” fact for the country. It was beneficial because it abruptly and suddenly made Icelandic people question many things about politics and economics. Mainly, it made them realize that they should not leave their fate in the hands of politicians and bankers but should actively, themselves, participate in the democratic procedures […]

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Winning Discussions: The Genetic Fallacy (Effective Pirating)

Winning Discussions: The Genetic Fallacy (Effective Pirating)

Logical fallacies are techniques that people use to make an argument appear convincing even when it is wrong. Learning how to identify and refute logical fallacies is one of the best ways to win in a discussion. Catching an opponent committing a fallacy will force him to retract his error or he will appear foolish or manipulative to his audience. There is a dark side […]

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Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer: Responsible Participatory Democracy [Pirate Visions]

Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer: Responsible Participatory Democracy [Pirate Visions]

If we want to have a fluid democracy we have to take responsiblity writes Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer. Mozart was, until recently, deputy secretary and media officer for PPAU. Currently he is touring Europe and working for the Pirate Times. These articles are part of the weekly series ‘Pirate Visions’ from different prominent international pirates. We asked them to write as individuals and not in their official capacities […]

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Winning Discussions: No True Scotsman (Effective Pirating)

Winning Discussions: No True Scotsman (Effective Pirating)

Logical fallacies are techniques that people use to make an argument appear convincing even when it is wrong. Learning how to identify and refute logical fallacies is one of the best ways to win in a discussion. Catching an opponent committing a fallacy will force him to retract his error or he will appear foolish or manipulative to his audience. There is a dark side […]

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Protesting Parliament Bills in Iceland is Easy

Protesting Parliament Bills in Iceland is Easy

‘Öryggisventill’ is the Icelandic word for a safety valve. You might think that a safety valve in Iceland has something to do with tourists trying to pronounce “Eyjafjallajökull” or geothermal steam. In this case it is related to the second of those two options. With this safety valve the voters will be able “to let off a bit of steam” and also let their politicians know about it. […]

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PPGR Uses Political “Trojan Horse” in Elections

PPGR Uses Political “Trojan Horse” in Elections

In order to exceed the obstacle of the electoral limit of 3% to enter the Parliament, the Greek Pirates took a bold and risky initiative. Their strategic plan was to jointly create a modern political “Trojan Horse” together with other parties and movements. The “Trojan Horse” is in the form of a “big but disposable coalition”, in which all members preserve their ideological and political identities. The aim […]

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Turkish Pirates Hanging Tools of Freedom on the Tree of Censorship

Turkish Pirates Hanging Tools of Freedom on the Tree of Censorship

A bill that imposes censorship on the internet has brought great turmoil in the Turkish society. Thousands of people keep on demonstrating in the squares of the country, requesting its withdrawal and even cope with the forces of repression!

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Hard Times for Istanbul’s big man

Hard Times for Istanbul’s big man

‘You arrive on Friday afternoon? Good luck.’ Damn right: Friday afternoon, Istanbul traffic-jams make Rome look like Switzerland. It takes me two bloody hours on a stinky bus to get from the airport to the city center. As the bus approaches Taksim Square, I get a good look at the modern, flashy, new center of Turkey’s largest city: Dubai-style skyscrapers, more than a hundred floors […]

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Solving Democracy Through Technology: Introducing Wasa2il

Solving Democracy Through Technology: Introducing Wasa2il

Pirates have been designing policies and software that have the aim of bringing citizen participation into politics using technology and the internet as a platform. Many Pirate Parties are implementing liquid feedback systems internally such as PPDE which uses it as a sort of running straw-poll of membership opinion or PPIT which scrapped its boar in favour of letting its membership make decisions via liquid feedback. Liquid feedback is not without its critics and there are plenty of Pirate Programmers out there working on developing improved models.

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Spanish MP Gave Power to the People

Spanish MP Gave Power to the People

The roots of a democracy as it should be is giving the power to the people, and this was done recently by a Spanish Member of Parliament. Joan Baldovi, a Member of Parliament for the Greens (Compromís-Equo) was persuaded by members of a free software development group to use “agoravoting”,  an online voting system that is being used by the Pirate Party of Madrid, to directly ask  the […]

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