How Powerful Is Iceland’s Pirate Party?

On October 29th, 2016 Iceland will hold a
general election. One of the most surprising political parties
in this election is being hailed as the likely next leading party: The Pirate Party. Polling from April 2016, just following the
Panama Papers scandal which ousted the country’s Prime Minister, showed the Pirate Party with
43% support, an unprecedented amount for an only four year old group. So, just how powerful is the Pirate Party? Well, the Pirate Party in Iceland is actually
just one of a number of so-called Pirate Parties around the world. The original was named after “The Pirate
Bay”, an online repository of torrents which was publicly targeted by US copyright groups. In response, a single issue party arose in
Sweden, advocating for very limited copyright protections in the interest of societal improvement,
including unlimited non-commercial use and a shorter period of exclusive economic copyright. The so-called Swedish Pirate Party saw a lot
of online support, and eventually was able to petition to be listed on the ballot for
national legislative elections. Within just a few years, Pirate Party members
were elected into Swedish Parliament, and two Pirate Party members even made it into
the European Parliament. In Berlin Germany, their Pirate Party was
able to secure 15 seats in state parliament. Their success inspired a number of similar
parties, branching past the single issue of copyright, and all unified by what is called
the “Core Policy”. Each party has a similarly phrased number
of policy points. The first emphasizes “Critical thinking
and well-informed policy”. This encourages policy decisions on the basis
of data and information, regardless of their source or initial desirability. The second branch secures the population’s
civil rights. These include the right for all people to
vote, freedom of religion, expression, and the press, as well as the right to engage
in peaceful protests. Third is a right to privacy, including anonymity
and self-determination. The party clarifies that secrecy should not
be so great that it affects other individuals, and that anonymity doesn’t mean people are
not responsible for their actions. On an aside, in 2013 the Icelandic Pirate
Party attempted to introduce legislation which would grant Edward Snowden citizenship, at
a time when the US had revoked his passport. The legislation was ultimately unsupported. A fourth important portion of the core policy
is to maintain transparency so that the powerless can monitor the powerful. This includes making information easily accessible,
and allowing citizens a say in affairs that involve them directly, including unlimited
information related to those affairs. The second to last point re-stresses freedom
of information, but specifically to delineate that the ability to collect and share information
should only be overruled to protect individual rights. The same idea is applied to a freedom of expression. Finally, the Pirate Party promotes a direct
democracy, where voters are directly engaged and involved in policy matters and electing
public officials. During an age of global surveillance, threats
on freedom of expression, and an increasingly opaque international web of governments, the
Pirate Party’s success is not altogether surprising. Iceland’s tiny population of just over 300,000,
allows it greater freedom to experiment with alternative and new political theories. Although small, the party’s activism roots
and youth-oriented progressive ideas have resonated with Icelandic voters. Barring an unexpected defeat, Iceland may
soon be run by a political offshoot of a torrent website. It is truly 2016.

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  1. Good for them, I hope they remove that damn copyright shit. There is no way that copyright holders should get lifetime of artist + 70 years.

  2. In the last election (which was in 2014) I voted for the Swedish Pirate Party. It is the 10th largest party in Sweden, and considering that we have 8 parties in parlament that is pretty close to entering parlament.

  3. So if the pirate party is everywhere why is this vidio about Iceland when there party not having gained governmental office has no more power then the rest?

  4. The problem with this party is the problem with alot of modern movements, they dehumanise the rich and powerful. The rich deserve privacy just as much as the poor so why should they be transparent? Unless you are going to make it those with power all work for the government and sacrifice some of those core policy's in which your being communist, I've no problem with that but just say it

  5. Asshole lawyers like Waldorf Frommer in Germany have have been fucking people in the ass for torrenting for years now, so I wouldn't mind a second thought if they won the election.

  6. This pirate party is basically just an opportunistic left wing party that don't want to be labeled left or right wing. They claim they want total democracy but only want that when it fits them.

  7. Their support plummeted by 30% nationwide just before election day, thank god.
    The pirate party here is completely, utterly and historically useless when it comes to everything.

  8. Hey Guys didnt really know where to send a msg from, But I'd love to see a video on what is exactly is the CTBT & NPT and why India isnt willing to be a part of it.

  9. The Pirates in Germany were a real failure… I don't think they hold any seats in any state parliament at the moment

  10. Apparently they have already taken over the airport in Iceland… I heard someone went to pick up a friend at Keflavik Airport, and when he looked at the arrivals board, for the flight times of a bunch of the flights, it just said, "Arr"

  11. There are no, and has never been any Pirate Party members in the Swedish Parliament. That is just simply a false fact. But they did get seats in the EU parliamentary elections! 🙂

  12. When I heard that pirate parties exist in multiple countries I thought that international parties which not only share core policy aims but also truly operate as one may be a part of politics in the future. I'm talking about decades from now, because there isn't a constitutional basis for this I know of anywhere yet. For now at least the thought is interesting, as something like that could spark international cooperation on a whole new level.

  13. I accidentally joined the Pirate Party in America, I don't remember how, wikipedia'd them and I'm proud i accidentally chose them, I hope they spread to america one day.

  14. I think you need make a video of How Powerful Is Trinidad and Tobago, as you not yet done a Caribbean Country and it would be great, if you done one for us please. Thank you 🙂

  15. Someone, I forget who it was, commented that the USA was never meant to be a democracy, but instead a constitutional republic. I am sick and tired of needing to rebuke this most dangerous rhetoric, but I feel compelled to take a stand against democracy crushing propaganda when and where I possibly can. So for the love of democracy and the freedom that only democracy can make possible, allow me the displeasure of once again, debunking this falsehood.
    A constitutional republic, and or, a representative republic, when in reference to the form of government established in the USA, was established as a type, or form of, democracy. The Bill of rights, amended to the US constitution was meant to be a means of protecting individual rights, from both government transgressions, and the violations of individual rights, that can, and does sometimes, result from the practice of democracy.

    If there is doubt in your mind as to whether or not the US was meant to be a democracy, then please consider the accuracy and truthfulness of these statements; ''Government by the constitution for the constitution '. ''We the framers of the constitution'. Now, if you recognize what is wrong with these statements, and take into consideration the fact that the term ''demos'' is a Greek word for, '' People'' or ' 'the people'' and the fact, the term democracy is an English expansion of that term, then it should not be so difficult to arrive at the correct conclusion, that the USA was in fact, meant to be a democracy, or a democratic nation, since at least the time of its founding.
    GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, as opposed to government by the constitution, for the constitution, emphatically means the US was meant to be a democracy !

  16. I suppose these guys would also be opposed to all of the rampant censorship and crackdown of "fake news" that goes on on social media nowadays. I'm a libertarian and I'd definitely vote for these guys if that's the case.

  17. I love the pirate party, but I'm not entirely in agreement with direct democracy. I like it in principal, but a true democracy can easily end up in a tyranny of the majority, especially in an exceptionally diverse country. I have no doubt it could work in smaller countries, but I'm not entirely sure it would work in a country the size of the US. That's also how I feel about anarchism. I'd love to see it, but I doubt it can work on an enormous scale.

  18. Pirate party has everything I want.
    Freedom of Speech/religion/privacy/press.
    Open Society no copyright.
    Anti globlism.
    Direct pure democracy.

  19. Policy making based on data instead of political ideology, what year is it 2100? I have wanted this for years, I had no idea it already existed.

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