Is support for the Green Party in
Recently someone suggested doing a column about the Pirate Party in
The fact that researching the story online does not provide a clear picture with exact numbers and percentages, in turn, provides an opportunity to write a future column on the possibility that the Internets is having a negative effect on the art of journalism because citizen journalists, who are supposed to augment and supplement the diminishing paid staff at various news organizations, can't access the hard facts necessary to provide accurate journalism and that is very troubling because reliable, quality journalism is necessary to inform voters in a democracy (as the Founding Fathers intended).
Earlier this week, the English language version web site for the German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Martin Delius, who was described as the Pirate Party floor leader in the Berlin City Parliament, boasted that his party's growth rate was surpassing the rate of expansion achieved by the Nazis in the early Thirties. Whoops! Not a good example of political bragging in that Country. The offender quickly issued an apology.
The Pirate Party was spawned in
Could the Pirate Party find some potential for expansion into the contemporary political scene in the
Obviously such a development is too much of a radical departure from the conservatives' philosophy of "politics as usual," so seeing any impartial or favorable sounding news reports about the German Pirate Party on Fox Nation News, seems quite unlikely. Although the basic "Screw your Rules" philosophy might appeal to conservative business executives wishing to circumvent the stifling aspects of government regulations.
Speaking of bypassing government rules as it applies to deficiencies in the art of Journalism, how much coverage have you encountered in American media about new worries that have been added to the list of woes for Rupert Murdoch and his son James?
Ostensibly in the United States the two political parties rarely agree on anything, but they do seem to be in agreement about making it virtually impossible for rebels, renegades and rogues to form a third political party.
Some cynical pundits may suggest that the Republicans and Democrats in the United States are playing a political variation of the "good cop -- bad cop" strategy for managing the citizens for the one percenters and thus a third party would only complicate the process and therefore such an innovation becomes unnecessary and undesirable in the opinion of most one percenters.
It would be very unpatriotic to believe that the "good cop -- bad cop" political atmosphere in the United States is anything less than idyllic but a niche group that might see things that way might be attracted to the Pirate Party.
The Internet presents the people known as corporations with access to all the consumer/computer user data to expedite the manipulation and exploitation of the suckers -- strike that word and change it to customers -- possible; also, they do not want to miss the opportunity to include extra hidden charges for intellectual property rights (passing those hidden addition monies along to the artists who should get the fees is an entirely different matter) along to their customers. Therefore it seems that the people we know as corporations and the members of the Pirate Party have a cobra vs. mongoose type relationship.
The Pirate Party politicians will appeal to the natural inclination for a new generation of young people to become rebels and innovators by invoking a very popular cultural image that has also provided a very lucrative genre to
Here is a short test to give the readers of this column a chance to see if their thinking has been molded by society or if they have the large canon of knowledge needed to sidestep any efforts to be fooled by conceptual shorthand propaganda.
Can you name any Pirate ship captains who were women? If you didn't quickly rattle off several names; then you have been outwitted by marketing image molding and should consider taking the time to locate and read a copy of "She Captains" by Joan Druett.
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