Subject: IMPORTANT MATTERS for Pirate Parties and PPI.
Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 13:36:44 +0000
This is not an easy mail to write, but for the sake of the Pirate Movement, and maybe Earths future… it needs to be done.
I have been very patient, I have kept silent about severe misconduct at the PPI General Assembly in Prague in 2012 in situ because derailing that GA would have hurt the prospects of the German Pirate Party in two nearby regional elections because a lot of German press was attending. Then I have followed the rules that were of application and the particular circumstances and I filed an anonymous complaint about infringement of the PPI Statutes before the Court of Arbitration of the PPI. It delivered rubbish on a previous complaint by PP-UK, settling matter by creating a second Gibraltar in Spain for the Catalan Pirate Party to have its own country. As it could not derail my complaint though… the Board of PPI maneuvered and took advantage of a badly worded threat to sue the PPI before the ordinary courts of justice to offer the heads of the whole Court of Arbitration on a silver platter to the Swiss as a compromise… and dare them to sue wherever they wanted otherwise. The Swiss took the bait… and without a Court of Arbitration my complaint landed in the freezer until a new CoA was elected at a next General Assembly of PPI.
Still, as the matter involved was more than one breach of the PPI Statutes, and the adquisition of the condition of full member of the PPI by the Catalan Pirate Party by unlawful means could not be tolerated… I told the PPI that the situation would have to be addressed by the PPI GA in Kazan BEFORE any voting should occur, because if the Catalan voted and later their voting rights were invalidated… then the whole GA of PPI in Kazan could be declared INVALID.
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(putting things straight) http://lists.pirateweb.net/pipermail/pp.international.general/2013-March/013821.html
After the witty reply… the results have been.
1) Gregory Engels has informed himself of the fact that, because of internal troubles within the PP-ES Board, where I am in a minority position, I would not be designed PP-ES delegate to the PPI GA in Kazan.
2) Because of his choice to have the whole issue silenced, he has made sure that only officially accredited delegates can speak in the Kazan PPI Conference. The presential ones can only intervene after showing official accreditation papers, and the remote ones he can not control where they are have been forced to speak through an officially assignated russian proxy he does control.
When I told on-line that I could not be present in Kazan unless somebody paid for my expenses…
… I got one offer to do exactly that, up to 500€, privately. I told it to two members of the board of PP-ES to test them and put them under pressure (and the whole organization) even if I knew that I could not attend because my personal situation made it impossible to obtain the necessary visa for Russia. They did not fail my expectations.
Later, in the course of developments, the possibility to have a remote delegate hub installed in the offices of the Swedish delegation to the European Parliament and Belgium Pirate Party headquarters arose, and I got to know only 2 days before the PPI GA. Of course, squatting in Brussels since 2011… I could not miss the occasion, so I joined all the people attending all friday, saturday and sunday.
The German delegates played with me, trying to fool me, all the time.
Rick Falkvinge patted me on the shoulder saturday evening, asking ironically if I would attend on Sunday too.
And I endured everything.
The issue of the infringement of the Statutes of PPI during the 2012 Prague PPI GA… was wilfully and forcibly ignored. The issue of an unlawful full member as the Catalans voting during the 2013 Kazan PPI GA… was wilfully and forcibly ignored.
And I endured everything.
Of course, considering the circumstances… and my state of mind which I know you can certainly imagine…
… I kept silent about ideas to contribute to the Pirate Movement in 2012.
… I kept silent about ideas to contribute to the Pirate Movement in 2013.
I could have decisively helped some Pirate Parties achieve far better electoral results… for PP-DE in the desastrous Lower Saxony elections, for PP-CR in their anticipated European Elections, and for PP-IS in their worldly important national elections.
But I could not convince myself to give anything of benefit to those that were responsible for the shit in the 2012 and 2013 PPI GAs… so I had to keep everything to myself.
Am I happy that the PP-IS managed in extremis (I was at the Election Party with Ásta Helgadóttir in Brussels at the election night) to get past the 5% hurdle and get 3 people elected… but I could have helped to make this a much more epic win.
And now, I am faced with the need to FORK the Pirate Party of Spain to form another NATIONAL Pirate Party, because the mass dynamics of the present one will not allow me to rescue it from the IDIOCRACY it has become, not with democratic means. Spanish electoral logistics are certainly going to become a pain in the ass from this time on.
And also, I am faced with the need to FORK Pirate Parties International… because the shit can not be cleaned diligently in time to do some serious job for the european elections. We need a clean and instant cut, to be able to start organizing positively at once.
The latter issue is the one that makes me write this too lengthy letter to you…
… because having three members elected in the national parliament makes you the most valuable asset of PPI and the Pirate movement, and I think you should have all the needed information to make the right decisions regarding this painful issue. I’m sorry if knowing what is going on makes your life a little miserable.
Maybe you can talk to the Germans while you are in Berlin.
Of course, you can ask me whatever additional info you require, and Ásta will I’m sure gladly tell you whatever idea she has about the whole situation and me.
Hoping to hear from you and the other members of the PP-IS soon.
Previous email exchange with Loz Kaye, actual head of the UK Pirate Party, trying to clarify whether the UK Pirates would act like pirates first, or like WASP (white anglo-saxon protestants) towards a world view that would suit Pirates… but be very critical of elite, specially protestant and jewish elites. Also gives enough first look background into the Pirate Parties and PPI problems.
De: Antonio Garcia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Asunto: RE: First contact
Fecha: sábado, 04 de mayo de 2013 22:39:59
Thank you for your kind answer. Reading the PP-UK 2012 Manifesto was quite enlightening.
I needed to ask the question about being pirate or Briton first because I have a theory to reframe and unify the Pirate Movement worldwide on rational grounds (https://eu.piratenpad.de/2) where elites take quite a blow, champions being protestant (because of the tendency to put Gods motives beyond human comprehension and thus liberating themselves from any duty to try to please him doing the expected good) and Jewish (because of their ruthless expertise in banking and other survival skills that pits them as the chosen people against Goyim).
My understanding of actual world problems, like the correct roots for the present crisis, would streamline and facilitate the presentation of the Pirate core values as an easily adoptable subset of a broader humanist world view many of the things the pirate parties adopt in broadening their programmatic platforms lately seamlessly fits into. A subset that was easy to establish because it embodied the most obvious subjects that people that connect over the Internet can agree to without 0much discussion. Like they were some learned elite filtered unknowingly by the fact that they had to possess the necessary skills to connect and the access to the interface. A condition later deteriorating because everyone could afford to connect for a few bucks.
Framing the Pirates as a humanist ideology would enable us to connect seamlessly with the Indignado/Occupy movements and provide them with ammunition to simultaneously start demolishing dogmatic leftist ideology and dogmatic (neo)liberal and conservative ideologies. The first because of an oversimplified and negated definition of the proletarian class based on symptoms like the possession of the means of production (everyone not in possession of means of production would be a proletarian) whereas in reality the showing of symptoms has to be preceded by a rational analysis that leads to the decision that accumulation is necessary… for survival, and the real cause is thus the logic process behind the decision. The second because the absolute definition of private property is nothing less than a construct to allow for limitless accumulation based on the same kind of logic… sanctioned by a legal construct to allow for limitless private property imposed by interested stakeholders following the same rational analysis.
Considering both leftwing and rightwing elites infected by the same logical dilemma towards survival strategies… would allow us to finally join the 99% under a humanist flag to preserve their interests against the abuses of a sick 1% that can only find relative safety in controlling more than half of Earths resources, instead of pitting a 49,5% of the world population that thinks itself red or unable to be blue against the other 49,5% that thinks itself blue or unable to be red in an endless exhaustion battle while elite pics the spoils.
Worldwide pirate parties could be the political wing of the worldwide Indignado/Occupy Movement that emerged on the strength of their sheer rage… refusing the contamination by traditional politics and unionism because they were unable to figure out the logic behind the backstabbing of politicians and union leaders. Without that combination, political action will not be able to reach critical mass, and the mass assembled by sheer rage in the Indignados/Occupy will not find a logical purpose and a way to effect change that points in a clear direction towards the desired change, wearing out as frustration takes the upper hand.
So far the theory.
Now for the problem within the Pirate Movement.
I happen to be a Spanish citizen, and the Pirate Movement is Spain has some internal problems due to mainly two reasons:
1) It adopted the Swedish Pirate framework without prior internal buildup or rationalization, as an instant given, giving itself Statutes geared towards political participation at the levels where action could affect legislation related with its small base of core values: national parliament and European Parliament elections. It included no provisions whatsoever for regional or local elections. On top of this, the first Pirates were quite paranoid about the movement being infiltrated and derailed, so they not only set in stone the goals of the movement, but also established that a quorum of at least 90% of all members had to cast a vote in a general assembly before any change to these Statutes could be accepted.
The serious people that started the Pirate Party in Spain forgot to seal one back door… the quality assessment and commitment to the core goals of new members. Soon the membership increased more with young people attracted more to the freeride on cultural goods and having fun than to political action… and a deadlock established itself. Serious people fell below 50% of the membership, so serious things could hardly be discussed anymore, and the freeriders could not change the Statutes to their advantage and felt uncomfortable because it only took 10% of the membership being serious and strategically not voting to block any change to the worse. The party stagnated and grinded to a halt… until the serious people unlocked the situation allowing the kids to play more, allowing tricks to be used to lower quorum requirements to 66%.
And now the kids are playing with the Pirate Party in shamefully childish ways, with a dynamic based on voting a few intelligent people can not counter. It’s become an idiocracy.
2) The Catalan members of the Spanish Pirate Party while also being frustrated with the deadlock… took advantage of political traditions in Spain where all political parties have specific independent sister parties in Catalonia… to go for a solution that has no logical equivalent in Pirate Ideology, and jumped the grounded ship as coward rats to found an local party on their own terms. Instead of being Pirates all the way, they squatted the brand and adopted a bastard form of direct democracy that could easily be managed by a few populist demagogues without ethics like Kenneth Peiruza. Of course, they went for the regional and local elections… and challenged the national pirate party to do the same… which has only been able to compete on those levels cheating its own Statutes.
Two pirate parties covering partially the same electoral territory is a recipe for logistical and electoral disaster… that has not made itself clear yet only due to the electoral irrelevance of both. The Spanish Pirate Party still has members in Catalonia that are not members of the Catalan Pirate Party, which it can and should not abandon, and The Catalan Pirate Party has no sound argument whatsoever to claim political exclusivity over the Catalan Autonomous Region, that happens to be 16% of the surface of the national entity Spain that the Spanish Pirate Party has no reason to foresake.
Furthermore, the Catalan Pirate Party has copied the strategy of the government of Catalonia… to claim independence by establishing autonomous embassies abroad and to lobby supranational organisms like the international sports organisation to have separate official delegations for Catalonia without regard for the complexity it would add to their operation. In 2011 it candidated for full membership of PPI, but got accepted only as observer member. In 2012 in Prague it did not candidate because it was useless, but instead focussed on submitting Statutes amendments that would lift the impossibility of more than one full member per country. Only when those amendments were not tabled by lack of time (and maybe some scheming to avoid the pesky subject)… they went berserk and blackmailed the General Assembly threathening to derail a GA that was strategically important to the Germans (two regional elections only one and two months after the GA and many German press covering the PPI GA). Improvisation led to errors, and an plea from the remote delegation of Australia to have the situation explained was turned into an illegal motion asking for a vote on the Catalan full membership of PPI. The vote got a simple majority… and nobody dared remember that it needed a 2/3 majority of cast votes. As a Spanish delegate, I let it be because I knew that a simple complaint should have sufficed to have the situation straightened out and their status revoked, and I choose to let the PPI GA end peacefully and have the correction occur one week later without the potential of a PR disaster for our German brethren. Alas, the incompetent PPI CoA choose to reinterpret the meaning of the word country as something less than a souvereign nation so it could shamelessly grant Spain a second Gibraltar. It also rewrote an article of the PPI Statutes to grant the PPI GA a discretionary competence it had previously denied to it with an ad-hoc sentence on the first day of the GA on the admission of those candidates that had submitted their paperwork after the official deadline. The Catalans’ strategy was to adapt the Statutes, they had not bothered candidating as they knew it would be to no avail. The GA has discretionary powers to choose which status it grants a candidate that has fulfilled all criteria to be considered as such as per Statutes dispositions, it can not waive the criteria at will, not even for Catalans. The PP-UK ojections presented to the CoA were “creatively” circumvented, and as I could not convince a spineless PP-ES board to file a proper and invincible complaint… I had to do it myself taking advantage of the provisionally enforced rules of procedure of the CoA that allowed for anonymous complaints to be filed in the case of breaches to the PPI Statutes.
I did so, and the reaction was that the Board of PPI took advantage of clumsy wording in a threat to sue the PPI before ordinary courts of justice if nothing was done to address the problems of the Prague GA to offer the heads of all the members of the CoA on a silver platter as a compromise solution… or dare the Swiss to sue wherever they wished. The Swiss caved in and the Überburocrat scored two victories for no price as without a CoA my complaint was blocked and postponed until the next PPI GA… Kazan.
Then, the spineless PP-ES Board refused to appoint me as an official delegate so that I could table the issue in Kazan, and the strict control over the participation of remote delegates enforced made it impossible for me to be heard without inventively staging a big scandal. I had said on the PPI mailing list that the issue should have to be tabled anyway because it was a pending matter before the Court of Arbitration that impacted on the voting rights of a PPI Kazan participant… and that the whole PPI GA could be invalidated if they let the Catalans vote without properly assessing their right to do so… and the organisators have knowingly chosen to take that risk.
Not only have they taken that risk… they have made a laughing stock of the whole Pirate Movement showing what respect they have for logic, ethic and their own Statutes. During two consecutive General Assemblies of the Movement. Pirates… my ass. Please reread the Pirate Codex… and start vomiting.
Honestly, the only alternatives I have left are to have the PPI GA of Kazan nullified by the new PPI Court of Arbitration… if it does allow me or anybody else to file the right complaint and does not decree that it can not because it would recursively cease to exist if the procedure that lead to its election is invalidated in the same process, or to FORK the PPI with the parties that show respect for logic and ethic and leave the current organization to the corrupted, ignorant and irrespectful ones.
Both alternatives are going to put a heavy strain on the efforts to present a united image of the Pirate Parties both towards the German Bundestag elections in september 2013 and the European elections in may 2014 if the solutions are not adopted quickly… but I can not let the shameless choice of the mainly German organizers go unchallenged if I want to keep my selfrespect as a Pirate.
A FORK of the Spanish Pirate Party has become unavoidable after the shameful behaviour of the majority of the members of its Board, backed by a majority of the members of its General Assembly… childish and spineless cowards unworthy of membership of the Pirate brotherhood, combined with the proliferation of puppet regional pirate parties to suit the annihilation strategy of the Catalans towards the national Pirate Party.
As you can see… only a lobotomy could make things easy, and what needs to be done has to be done.
Damn all, I should not be so alone on this. No worthy pirate should be able to read this and cowardly turn his back to the issue. The whole pirate movement becomes a painful farce if this unbelievable behaviour goes unchallenged.
Sure you can imagine how I must feel since the PPI GA in Kazan ended.
Needless to say that if I happen to be the guardian of powerful intellectual arguments and political and media strategies…
… they will be kept in the drawer unused until that time when I find the Movement worth of my trust I can share them with. Something that is not going to happen anytime soon if mass dynamics put the childish ignorant in charge because of their sheer numbers and intelligent behaviour goes looking for windows to jump through until perfect Idiocracy is achieved within the Pirate Movement.
Subject: Re: First contact
Date: Sat, 4 May 2013 14:10:59 +0100
Thanks for taking the time to write to me.
I think you know, we spend a great deal of time challenging power – whether it’s the might of the music industry with our proxy or on a local level such as challenging parking firms that put Manchester residents’ lives at risk.
As a party we are here of course to represent our members, and the all the people in the areas of the country where we seek to be elected.
As for whether our members see themselves as more Britons or Pirates that is not for me to say. You will understand that in our movement I could only speak for myself on such a matter. Personally I don’t see it in those terms, we are all made up of a number of different, even conflicting identities. All we can do is act according to our principles on concrete issues.
For the EU policy overwhelmingly backed by our members you can read in our manifesto: http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/media/uploads/Manifesto2012.pdf
We are always looking for positive contact with our friends. For concrete suggestions on international projects contact email@example.com as they handle this area rather than me.
All the best,
On 04/05/2013, at 11.42, Antonio Garcia wrote:
In order to know what to do next, I need to assess whether the UK pirates are first pirates and then Britons or first Britons and then pirates.
Much like the issue on whether the Britons are in the European Union to be a real part of a bigger community or rather to secure a way to be able to sabotage everything from the inside.
Mind you, I am aware of the fact that British elite, like any elite, may think and act differently than British common people.
I need to know whether the UK PP is there to serve elite or the people, and if it is the latter, whether it may do the right thing even when it involves being extremely critical towards British elite.
Do you have a PGP/GPG public key so that further communication can be shielded from prying minds?
Member of the Board of the Spanish Pirate Party
(until lynched by the pirate mob 😦 )