Berlin’s Pirate Party Takes Nearly 9%

September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

My second piece for The World ran today — it’s about the Pirate Party (yes there is such a thing) and its surprisingly strong show in Sunday’s state elections here.

You can have a listen here:
http://www.theworld.org/2011/09/video-young-geek-appeal-in-german-politics/
These folks are mainly young and mainly male — but there are some women working in the background. One of the 15 party politicians who will enter the state government is a woman — the youngest overall at 19. Hard to know how they will do long-term, but in some ways there are similarities between the US and the German electorate. Lot’s of folks fed up with the status quo. And a surprising number of nonvoters in Germany. Gone are the days of 80% and more voter participation. Of course I can’t quite remember when — and if — we ever had that in the U.S.

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