The Pirate Party Sets Sail in Massachusetts

December 18th, 2011
So, you’ve finally come around to the reality that the Republican and Demorcat Party are just partners in a two man con. Like good cop and bad cop. It doesn’t matter which is which. They’re both cops. But the Libertarian Party looks more like an impotent debating society, and the Green Party looks like a bunch of snivelling self-righteous Marxists. Not to worry. Now you can ignore all those lily-livered political parties and take your grievances to the high seas, at least if you’re in Massachusetts.


The Massachusetts Election Division has officially recognized the Massachusetts Pirate Party (MAPP) as an approved political designation. So now you can register as a “Pirate.” Of course we’re not talking about the black-bearded scallywags of a 16th century Spanish galleon, or the volunteer coastguard of Somalia. We’re talking about the kind of pirates that piss off record labels and movie producers alike (except Lineplot Productions of course).

The MAPP formed to fight to reform copyright law, increase government transparency, promote personal privacy and abolish patents. That makes them natural allies with Internet freedom groups like Anonymous, Wikileaks and The Pirate Bay which are currently revolutionizing politics and commerce around the globe.

The Pirate Party “Captain” James O’Keefe (Not to be confused with James O’Keefe, the ACORN pimp) has set his sights on the PROTECT Intellectual Property Act (PIPA or S. 968) which he says would, “fundamentally challenge our cherished right of free speech” by allowing the holder of a copyright to blacklist any website suspected of intellectual property violations, cutting off access to it’s domain name, its search engine hits, its ads and its financing even if no judge has found them guilty of an actual crime. PIPA was called “disastrous” by the Electronic Frontier Foundation who said it was, “the worst piece of IP legislation we’ve seen in the last decade.” On December 6th the Pirate Party and other Internet freedom activists held a rally in Boston in front of the JFK Federal Building to call on Senators Brown and Kerry to oppose this bill and others like it. 

There is an international organization of Pirate parties known as Pirate Parties International (PPI) that was formed in 2010 and a United State Pirate Party (USPP), but the MAPP is the only chapter officially recognized as an official political party in the US. The MAPP is currently looking for candidates to run for office in 2012. They want to challenge incumbents in every position from town school board seats to state senator and above. They are currently running classes to help potential candidates learn the basics of organizing a campaign. And in February they will hold their first Pirate Conference in the Boston area.

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About the Author: Davi Barker

In grade school Davi refused to recite the pledge of allegiance because he didn't understand what it meant. He was ordered to do as he was told. In college he spent hours scouring through the congressional record trying to understand this strange machine. That's where he discovered Dr. Ron Paul. In 2007 he joined the End The Fed movement and found a political home with the libertarians. The Declaration of Independence claims that the government derives its power “from the consent of the governed." He does not consent.