Pirate MP’s suicide in Berlin kills dream of digital politics

Socratus O' Pericles

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It seems Europe is not ready for pirates yet:

Gerwald Claus-Brunner was the most exotic thing Berlin politics had seen in a long time. In September 2011, the bisexual computer engineer arrived in the city-state parliament dressed in his trademark uniform – neon dungarees and Palestinian headscarf – and hoisted a pirate flag.
He was one of a new breed – the Pirate Party – who promised to deliver politics for the digital revolution. But hopes that the Pirates were a Green Party for digital natives soon segued into five years of political intrigues and infighting. In state elections on Sunday, Berlin voters forced the Pirates to walk the parliamentary plank.
On Monday morning, the now ex-MP Gerwald Claus-Brunner was found dead in his apartment after taking his own life.
Pirate MP

" Transparent, liquid democracy" may be some way off yet.


This may well be the problem:

the Pirate Party: the futility of pushing progressive politics in a party that attracted people with social skills that might kindly be described as adolescent.


On the other hand:


Why the Pirate Party could end up running Iceland / Boing Boing


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It seems that those who challenge social norms have hordes of nasty people lined up...literally ready to dance on their graves

the Pirate Party: the futility of pushing progressive politics in a party that attracted people with social skills that might kindly be described as adolescent.
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Socratus O' Pericles

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Well referring to gender quotas as "the tit bonus" was hardly mature nor endearing either.
 

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Socratus O' Pericles

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Not much interest in the ol' digital politics so?
 

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Well at least it gave us a thread about pirates, but it's a sad event, not a jolly one. Pirates are meant to be jolly. :(
 


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