Probably the name needs to change, but Sweden’s Pirate Party has its heart in the right place. It doesn’t aim to give everyone the right to download the latest Modest Mouse album from privatetorrents.com all willy nilly (as the Huffington Post implies, plus they use the phrase “on the rise,” like it’s something to be afraid of!), but rather to reform copyright laws so that they accurately reflect the 21st century. And as you may already know, the party had its first European MP elected in the most recent elections.
So, take a minute (actually, two and a half minutes) to watch this BBC-produced video about just what the Pirate Party is, and why it’s so appealing to a certain subset of the population.
It’s all a little Woodstock-y, yes.