Pirate Party Makes Huge Gains in Iceland’s Election
Arrr! Pirates are taking over Iceland! Well, maybe not quite. But the Pirate Party more than tripled its number of seats in Parliament in Saturday’s election — from 3 seats to 10 — which is a huge victory for the anti-establishment party. The Parliament only has 63 seats total.
The Pirate Party Helped Show The PM The Door
- direct democracy
- governmental and corporate transparency
- the redistribution of wealth
- a focus on civil rights
- a right to privacy
- freedom of information and expression
The Pirate Party Is Young But Mighty
We are a platform for young people, for progressive people who shape and reshape our society. Like Robin Hood, because Robin Hood was a pirate, we want to take the power from the powerful to give it to the people.
Whatever happens, we have created a wave of change in the Icelandic society.
The traditional party system has been disrupted. We are not seeing big movements of people who feel that they are able to relate with the messages of the big coalition parties. Changes are going to come from the outside, not from inside the old parties.
Deborah Montesano is a political blogger and social activist. In spite of years of monitoring the political scene in America, she remains optimistic about the future.