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Christopher Lauer speaks in Berlin State Parliament

I Have Absolutely Brilliant Colleagues

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Stop whatever you’re doing right now and watch this eight-minute speech from Christopher Lauer, a Member of State Parliament in Berlin who was elected last fall.

After you’ve seen the speech (after clicking Play, press the uparrow and then CC to turn on subtitles in English, as I did), try to tell me with a straight face that Pirate Parties worldwide isn’t exactly what is needed to reconquer democracy and make a government for the people, by the people. Now, you need to remember as you watch this, that this man is actually an elected representative. He is a Member of Parliament in Berlin, elected for the Piratenpartei, the German Pirate Party.

Every day, I am amazed at the sheer brilliance, clearsight, and almost brutal candor of my colleagues. Christopher, I would be honored to buy you the first beer next time we meet.

At the same time, I can’t help noticing the von oben attitude of the old-guard politicians filmed in the video, just thinking that the pirates are a nuisance that will eventually go away, so that power can get back to caring for power.

With professional conduct in Parliament like this available for everybody to see, well, we’ll see about that.

(Hat tip to @opassande for the heads-up.)

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About The Author: Rick Falkvinge

Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and is a political evangelist, traveling around Europe and the world to talk and write about ideas of a sensible information policy. He has a tech entrepreneur background and loves whisky.

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    Justus Römeth

    The video on Youtube itself also offers subtitles in Catalan, French, German and Polish if anybody needs those. Turkish is in the pipes, more may or may not come. A big shout to the TTF of PPI for helping me translate this within 24h.

    Please spread the word!

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      Rick Falkvinge

      Thank you for helping share this display of brilliance and powerful honesty.

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        Justus Römeth

        Credit where credit is due, I find the TTF to be one of the least complicated and most dedicated group of pirates/netizens I have ever worked with. And I find translations to be essential if we are to grow the internatinality of this movement (so in response to your last blog post, I am very excited about what the following year will bring to us, Mr Falkvinge! :-) )

  2. 2

    I had watched Christopher’s speech some days ago, but in the light of your comment I just rewatched it. Powerful, passionate. I don’t know how it will impress members of other parties (of whom many seats were empty anyway), but I expect Christopher to make more such speeches.
    Only, his gestics could be stronger if he took the left hand out of his pocket… :^)

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    slightlyanon

    Excellent speech, his plea to bring public debate back into politics was fantastic. I dream of the day we can have politicians like him in my own country, hopefully someday soon.

    Btw, i must ask, does anybody know what’s up with all the mac’s?

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    bluebomb

    Can anyone provide a link to a transcript (preferably but not necessarily in English) of this speech?

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    If the subtitles went too fast for anyone else to read too, you can read them at your own pace here: https://www.universalsubtitles.org/en/videos/F4z9Fy65XWav/en/223286/ (English. The other languages are available on the left side).

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    Wow, this is a hopeful thing.

    It is one thing to see pirates speaking at conferences, at lecture halls, at rallies… but to see people directly from our own digital generation speaking truths that the old guard has tried so hard to suppress, speaking in our own terms in a place of government, right in the midst of that old guard… that fills me with hope and pride.

    Too bad many did not seem to show respect or even attention to these powerful words, but isn’t ignoring these people what allowed them to sneak right in to Parliament in the first place? While the current powers-that-be disregarded those in the Pirate movement as children, the Pirates were busy coming up with good ideas and getting votes. So let the old guard ignore the “children” and talk amongst themselves … let them talk themselves right out of a job.

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    Can someone tell me what was shouted out by the other party member?

  8. [...] Vía Rick Falkvinge llego a este impresionante y duro discurso de Christopher Lauer en el Parlamento Estatal de Berlín, donde el Partido Pirata consiguió quince escaños en las pasadas elecciones del 18 de septiembre. El vídeo está en alemán, pero puedes verlo subtitulado en varios idiomas, entre otros en inglés o en catalán, o leer el texto completo en inglés aquí. (ACTUALIZACIÓN: ya están disponibles los subtítulos en español – gracias, Darío :-) [...]

  9. [...] Vía Rick Falkvinge llego a este impresionante y duro discurso de Christopher Lauer en el Parlamento Estatal de Berlín, donde el Partido Pirata consiguió quince escaños en las pasadas elecciones del 18 de septiembre. El vídeo está en alemán, pero puedes verlo subtitulado en varios idiomas, entre otros en inglés o en catalán, o leer el texto completo en inglés aquí. (ACTUALIZACIÓN: ya están disponibles los subtítulos en español – gracias, Darío [...]

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