How a global movement changed my life and failed in their mission

In 2006 Rickard Falkvinge founded the Pirate Party of Sweden after a copyright reform debate. The idea to found a political party with the ideology of free knowledge and the sharing culture, which was spread with the internet around the world, got big attention. That is why it did not take so long until pirate parties in other countries got founded.[1] In the same year, on the 10th September, the Pirate Party of Germany was born.[2] Three years later, I signed my membership. For six years I was a member of a group of people, which could not decide whether they are a movement or a political party. They were and are both. That was their key to success and also the reason for their failure. But in the discussion what the pirates are and what they want to be, there was one fact no one questioned. They are global and a phenomenon of the globalisation.

First, globalisation was the word for a trade phenomenon, through that the world got more connected. Finally the different parts are becoming one world.[3] A result is that the enemy or the problem, movements have to handle, are no longer anymore one nation-state limited. Movements had to face this new challenges and connected across the borders to get more powerful.[4] The idea of free knowledge, one of the main parts in the pirate’s ideology, is deep connected with the internet. This technology is almost borderless and so was one of the enemy: the market of content commercialization. The so called copyright industry.

National-states had always an important role in the history of movements, as an enemy or as the one movements want to force to do something. In the globalised world nation-states are still important institutions and movements still have to address them. It is necessary to act in more than only one state.[5] The laws behind the content commercialization are localized in single nation-states. It was important to act local. Changing the law only in one country will not bring a world of free knowledge. The European Union, a transnational institution, was also handling with this issue.[6] One of the reasons why the pirate parties in Europe always addressed the European Parliament and run for the parliament election.

This culture of ideas, information and images are an outcome of capitalism and is still dominated by its logic. In this global world capitalism has no longer control over it.[7] The capitalistic world order, what the globalized world is, often produced antisystem-anticapitalistic movements.[8] Free knowledge affects the capitalistic structure of the internet and also the fundament of the capitalistic world.

At the moment the first pirate party was founded there was already a community and lots of groups who followed the ideology behind the pirates. But there was no political dimension of it.[9] The pirate parties became a political arm and a part of a global movement, too. Their topics gave them some success. To be a successful political party on a long term you need to evolve. The pirate parties of Sweden and Germany are examples where this did not happen and that is one of the reasons why I am no longer a member of them. But the idea of free knowledge is older than the pirates and it will be still be there when they leave.

[1], 2015, “Pirate Party”, Accessed November 04,

[2], 2015, “Pirate Party Germany”, Accessed November 04,

[3]Hobsbawm, Eric J. 2000. The World Unified. in F. Lecher and J Boli (Eds) the Globalization Reader, P. 52-56. Malden: Blackwell. P. 55.

[4]McKane, Rachel. 2014. The Globalization of social movements, exploring the transnational paradigm through collection action against neoliberalism from Latin America to the Occupy movement, in The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee Volume 5 Nr. 1. P. 87 – 110, Knoxcille: University of Tennessee, P. 101.

[5] Moghadam, Valentine M. 2013. Globalization & Social Movements, Islamism, feminism and the global justice movement. Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield. P. 45.

[6] Baker, Jennifer. 2015. ““EU copyright law fails to set minimum rights”, stresses Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda” Vieuws – The EU policy broadcaster. January 19.

[7] Waterman, Peter. 2001. Globalization, social movements and the new Internationalism. London: Continum. P. 216-217.

[8] Moghadam 2013, P. 54.

[9] Anderson, Nate. 2009. “Political pirates: A history of Sweden’s Piratpartiet” Law & Disorder / Civilization & Discontents. February 26.

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Eine Antwort zu How a global movement changed my life and failed in their mission

  1. Ex Pirate schreibt:

    Pirate Party failed because only very few intellectuals are interested in free information !
    The masses just want free entertainment and not more. Just have a look what content is most popular at the Piratebay. Its Porn, Hollywood movies and music. Information on politics, culture and philosophy is not shared. I once uploaded some Karl Marx ebooks, they disappeared cause no one wanted to download or seed them.

    People are not interested in Information, just want to have fun. Panem et Circenses nothing more. So all this „free Information“ thing is just an illusion, not going to change the world because 99% of People do not care about it.

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