Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Sweden's Pirate Party has won entry to the European Parliament in Brussels in elections held Sunday.
The Pirate Party gained 7 percent of the Swedish votes and secured at least one of the 18 seats that Sweden holds in the parliament.
"Citizens have understood that it's time to pull the fist out of the pocket and that you can make a difference," Rick Falkvinge, leader and founder of the party, told the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, after the result of the elections were revealed. "We don't accept to be bugged by the government. People start to understand that the government is not always good."
The Pirate Party is focused on three main goals: "to fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens' rights to privacy are respected."
Good to see that someone on the planet is dragging humanity into something approximating a civilized existence.
Meanwhile, back in the "new" world we get a hoary anachronistic conversation about "the West" and/or/vs./peacefully coexisting with "Islam" being treated as some sort of case study in futurology (or the reincarnation of Ghandi). Yippee.