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  •  Tips to Rei (1+ / 0-)
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    But I kept getting a general sense that for some reason or another, it was becoming a magnet for the worst aspect of "nerddom", in particular, a troubling anti-woman sentiment
    ^This is not unique to Iceland. Germany has had a similar problem, and it's been among actual leaders and elected officials of the Pirate party who scraped by into state parliaments. It's one of many reasons why I don't like the entire "Pirate Party" phenomena in Europe. Pirate parties, regardless of their somewhat admirable support for more open internet laws, (which are in Germany absurdly overbearing and regulatory), are simply full of amateurs who aren't ready to be in government positions, drain mostly young leftist voters from real leftist parties, and are literally infested with misogynists. I don't like parties that are vehicles for one issue, and in Germany they are hurting actual progressive parties, particularly the Greens.

    "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

    by ArkDem14 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:04:10 AM PDT

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      the Pirates in Germany, and you're totally right.  One of their members of parliament, for example, in a debate on affirmative action called it a "tits bonus".  Apparently someone made a "greatest hits" website of German pirate sexism; I've been punching some into Google Translate, and just, uck.  Apparently the situation over there has gotten bad enough that a group of women broke off and formed their own separate pirate mailing list.

      •  Their a waste of votes (0+ / 0-)

        by silly young leftist Euro-hipsters, as my German friend calls them. Germany would be much better off without a Pirate party and with most of those votes going to say, a real, professional party like the Greens, who share similar ideology.

        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

        by ArkDem14 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:05:03 PM PDT

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