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Why I joined the Pirate Party

Garry Kitchin's picture

Today I joined the Pirate Party.

Since 1992 I have been politically active, firstly with Labour, and then the Green Party. This journey has involved standing in local elections on numerous occasions, and even being  a Parliamentary Candidate.  So why I did join the Pirate Party?

It has become abundantly clear to me that society is progressing at a fast rate, where the role of technology is becoming critical. Every part of our lives has changed, and set to change further and faster. The very nature of work, society and everyday life is being tranformed to operating on a digital platform.

The other political parties are simply way behind the curve about this reality. The 'Corbyn's Socialism' vs 'Theresa May's  Capitalism' is debate about the past, not the future. They have no answers to the issues of today and the next few decades. They are wedded to the past.

Pirate book review: Utopia for realists

"We need to be unrealistic, unreasonable, and impossible."

How politics has become a management problem

Politics is for people with vision. People who aspire to push the boundaries of our society and make us greater than ever before. People who truly believe in something and will strive to get it leading us all into a better and happier world.

Sadly a politician is someone quite different. A politician is someone who sees the only GDP, crime statistics and average life expectancy. Currently, a key point on a manifesto will be a slight rise in income tax for the rich or a 0.7% GDP aid budget, nothing - special. Yes, these things have impacts but realistically we have managed to turn politics from something for great visionaries into a problem of management.

Microchips?

Reccently there has been talk online and in the media about implantable RFID chips. The reason for this is that a US company asked if its employee's would like to have a chip fitted, 50 of them agreed and are now able to open doors, operate printers, and buysnacks all with the wave of a hand. However this caused a massive backlash with people saying it was a slippery slope and soon people will be tracked with these chips, some said that the employees where being spied on, some even claimed that people who consent to these chips are no longer human. However very little has been said on the benifits of this technology, so in this blog i will set out the potential uses of this powerfull technology and also explain that how (very mcuh like the internet) it will both be one of the greatest changes of our time and one of the most dangerous.

Fake Globalisation: Propaganda Lives On

Danfox Davies's picture

False Globalisation

Propaganda Lives On

 

by Danfox Davies | Bucureşti, Romania 16th September 2015 – Edited in Blarney, Ireland 17th August 2017

 

The presence of the spectre of the TPP, TTIP and TISA secretive ‘trade’ deals (and many other such deals like them) would lead anyone to think that the world is becoming increasingly homogenised for corporate purposes, that a grand unification of the hundreds of countries into one subservient consumer mass is already underway and importantly that no-one either can or should do anything to stop this. Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottles and cans can be found the world over, every city has a McDonald’s or ten and why would any country wish to impede this availability of consumer familiarity that everyone knows and loves (to hate)? Why indeed?

A new social contract?

Ever since the beginning of humanity and the resultant societies we have formed social contracts that not only have been shaped by human nature but were also shaped by human nature. In this way, society evolved as we did from primitive anarchistic societies to full fledged capitalist democracies. Considering that from current psychological knowledge all consciousness is and therefore society in whole is just a large, complex and sometimes inefficient algorithm. So like all things that evolve we are nearing a moment of momentous change, we will slip into a dystopian world run by all powerful supercomputers for the benefit of a few, or will we seize this opportunity and create new systems and new rule books for our brave new world? Before we consider this weighty question we must first examine previous societies so we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.

What is discord? And why should i use it?

 

One of the best things about the pirate party UK is our openness. Imagine a pirate government where all cabinet meetings are live streamed. Where you could tell your MP what you thought of their speech as they did it. Where the MP worked for their constituents not fighting them. That would be accountable politics by the public for the public.

Some may say that this is impossible or that there is neither the capability nor the will for such a system. I argue differently. Since its conception, PPUK has undergone many changes from leadership to philosophy. However, I believe that the single most important event was our transition to discord.

That'll do Pirate, that'll do

David Elston's picture

After a successful Pre-Election Live Blog on donations raised prior to the GE2017 snap election and the GE2017 crowdfunder, we recieved a total of £1474.77. Whew!

In a time where we've endured a Tory Government, facing cuts, cuts and more cuts, that is no small figure.

...but before I ramble on... I'd like to thank George Walkden, Paul Chaplin, Neil Bird, Jon Nielsen, Jason Halsey, Sam Mills and a large number of people wishing to remain anonymous.

Oh and I raised my piggy bank for a little something to donate along the way too.

I was recently told that in other to take part in democracy, we have a "pay to play" system, where the big parties have massive donors or union backers that allow them to fight any fight without worrying about the bill but Pirates, despite the slander that we simply want stuff for free, dig deep when it comes to making sure our voices are heard.

Who are asexuals? (submitted annonymously)

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This was sent in by a collaboration of asexual individuals who do not wish to be named, it is posted here to protect their identity the name of the account posted under is of no relevance

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Asexual, agender, a-romantic, demi-romantic, lith-romantic, skolio-romantic, homo-sensual, pan-sensual, fray sexual, gray-sexual, sex-averse, sex repulsed... Welcome to the confusing world of asexuality.

 

Do we need to start encrypting our bins?

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I bloody hope not! That would make taking them out even worse!

Yet Councils across the UK, most recently the Bridgend County Borough Council have "reformed" their recycling process, causing maximum discontent along the way, all the while being criticised for "not being as good as the Vale of Glamorgan", who do not operate such strict recycling, despite until recently both councils falling under Labour control, making Labour responsible for both recycling approaches.

Since films like Hackers (1995) we have been reminded that gathering data can sometimes be as simple as jumping in a dumpster or routing through a bin but now Councils are making it even easier to have a window into your private lives, for anyone in your street to see.