When Pirate Comradeship Beats Old Grudges

Gento Penguins on Falklands/Malvinas Islands. Photo by chrispearson72 at FlickR

Argentina – Juan Manuel Santos: On December 18th, 2012, the UK’s Pirate Party proxy to The Pirate Bay was shut down. In resonance with the Internet’s spirit, two more, belonging to Pirate Parties, sprang up: one from Luxembourg and one from Argentina. With that last one, I saw thirty years of government propaganda be pulverized in a split second.

For three decades now, relations between Argentina and the United Kingdom have been edgy, to say the least. Pointless sovereignty fights live on until today, but what if pirate comradeship could change all that?

On April 2nd, 1982, the Argentinian military government (dictatorship) invaded the Falklands/Malvinas Islands. I am certainly not going to bore you, reader, with the historical details. Suffice to say that it was a political move from the Argentinian government to try and regain at least some of its lost popularity with the public. Most Argies and Brits who have done some research on the subject know this. Neither am I going to bore you with historical reasons tilting the scale in favor of one country or the other, because after doing some research of my own on the subject, I could get to no distinct and unequivocal conclusion regarding the sovereignity of an archipelago which is, even from here in Buenos Aires, mind-boggingly far away.

War is horrible. My respect and admiration go out to the soldiers, and the families of the soldiers who got dragged into this pointless war (on both sides), which in the end was nothing more that a stupid power game. There’s nothing more I can say on the subject (and the previous words were written only as historical background), so let’s move to a more constructive argument: what if pirate comradeship could erase the grudges that stupid wars create?

In April 2012, when censoring The Pirate Bay was gaining momentum, the UK Pirate Party released to the public a proxy for those people who had been left out of the most efficient public library in the world. For a time, everything was business as usual. Sadly, BPI started pushing PPUK and, following formal notifications to PPUK individuals from the BPI’s solicitors, the proxy was shut down on December 18th, 2012.

I felt really sad and dispirited, but that was until I got back to IRC from a 20-minute break. While I was away, a member of the Argentinian Pirate Party decided to bring up a proxy of our own, in sign of support to our Brit comrades. A day later I found out that the Pirate Party at Luxembourg had done the same. But the thing that got me thinking, is that this person who put up the Argie proxy, did it of his own will. He did not even tell the rest (at least not on our IRC channel) that he was going to do it. I think he saw it as the right thing to do and he did it. And actually, once we saw the proxy up, with all that was happening, sans a minor bandwidth consumption consideration, we all agreed it was indeed the right thing to do.

I saw thirty years of educational messages and government propaganda be pulverized in a split second, so as to make room for something much bigger, more important and, ultimately, more humane: sharing, comradeship, collaboration. I believe this is (part of) what being a Pirate stands for. And I am happy to be part of this movement. I believe that, in time, the Pirate Movement can finally put an end to wars like this, and pointless statements like this one or this one.

via Falkvinge on Infopolicy http://falkvinge.net/2013/01/28/when-pirate-comradeship-beats-old-grudges/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Falkvinge-on-Infopolicy+%28Falkvinge+on+Infopolicy%29

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