Today, the Pirate Party in Berlin fullfilled its promise and got into Parliament. As of this writing, the vote looks like a stunning nine per cent.
As the numbers from the exit polls were presented, the roof lifted in the party location with some 500 participants. The cheering drowned out every thought. Then came the tears. Then came the hugging, everywhere.
When the Swedish Pirate Party got into the European Parliament two years ago, I couldn’t hold back the tears, either. That result of our hard work inspired civil liberties activists all over the world. We showed them that we don’t have to have the laws read to us; we can write the laws ourselves. That event was a huge boost for, among others, the German Piratenpartei.
Therefore, it is only fitting, that as of today, Piratenpartei Berlin carries on the legacy of inspiring people and showing how much we can accomplish together.
Tomorrow, these news will not just be in the Berliner Morgenpost and the Berliner-Kurier. It will not just be in Der Spiegel and Deutsche Welle. It will be on CNN, Wall Street Journal and Al-Jazeera. (Fact is, it already is.) It will inspire people with a passion for civil liberties and the right to share and speak, all over the world, to stand up and claim their rights.
This was the second large success of the Pirate Party.
There will be dozens more, as we inspire one another to this level of greatness.
Pirates of Berlin, thank you for your fantastic work in making tonight happen. We all stand shoulder to shoulder in fighting for the next generation — one of us succeeding is all of us succeeding. Tomorrow, people will look to your success, and the movement will grow yet more. You are the source of inspiration for the next wave of civil liberties activists.
But for tonight, enjoy the party. This is your night.