Go Pirate

Posted: 17/04/2012 in Democracy, Finance, Struggle
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Here I discussed the 1% breaking the rule of law. This rule of law is more important for them than it is for the 99%. Law and order means that everyday the wage slave goes to work earns their money spends it in consumerism thus providing more profits for the 1%. I have advocated and continue to advocate withdrawing from the money that creates that 1% enslavery.

But piracy is an action which does not use money. The 1% created the internet because it was cheaper, organise people to spend their money electronically and that is fewer wage-slaves to work in the sales sector. But what has happened on the internet? People have developed the means of giving away consumer products electronically, and this means of transaction is out of the control of the 1%. Yes we buy computers and our internet connection, but after that we can consume outside the 1% system.

There is an excellent feed at Torrent Freak which is worth subscribing to. The moralist in me initially saw this as people justifying breaking the law, but the 1% have broken the rule of law. We must be moral with each other, sila is primary, but what about this alternative means of trading that is outside the control of the 1%? We pay taxes, 1% don’t; we accept we have to work to pay for homes, banks foreclose and take government money for solving the problem as bonuses. This is a fundamental breakdown of our financial system. So whilst being moral with each other, we must survive – outside the rule of consumer law that protects the 1% businesses.

Piracy is an act of grass roots democracy, empowering ourselves within a system that is exploiting us. The pirate party is developing itself based on the anger at consumers being exploited at the lack of privacy and so on. These are political positions that also represent grass roots democracy. Whilst pirates also tend to reject all of the traditional political organisations including those of grass roots democracy, their actions are those of empowered grass roots democrats.

What is most interesting to watch with regards to the piracy is the inability of the 1% to control human endeavour. They closed megaupload, and there is an outcry from all the people who have been abiding by 1% law, and were using megaupload “legally”. The 1% are not responding to these people who are suffering from 1% policies but are not the intended targets. The 1% want the computer industry to police according to the 1% desires. They want the ISP’s to provide their own policing. Why? Because the ISP’s will do it better? No, because the 1% don’t want to have to pay. But why should the ISP pay? If they do the cost of the internet will sky-rocket and the 1% will lose their internet consumer-base. Torrents continue to exist because one site is closed and another opens. Law targets individuals so individuals use the impersonal anonymity that initially the 1% liked to circumvent the control that the 1% are losing. Breaking consumer law is becoming easier, and because the 1% have broken the rule of law it is open season. In the end no rule of law is frightening for society, but the 1% are addicted and have gone too far.

Participating in democracy is becoming a pirate, go pirate.

Update22/4/12:-

The US government heavy-handedly went in and closed Megaupload on behalf of Hollywood. According to this article the judge says the US had not legal right to close a company from outside the US. So the case against Megaupload was never proven but they closed them down, they are preventing Megaupload to have access to money to create a defence, and now it appears it wasn’t legal in the first place to close them down. I did hear that the White House had rapidshare marked down for drone attacks, watch out Switzerland and cyberlockers everywhere.

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Comments
  1. naivelysage says:

    See the article and video at http://rt.com/news/richard-stallman-free-software-875/. Richard Stallman make some very interesting comments on this.

      • naivelysage says:

        Stallman is arguing that whether you use pirated or authorised versions of proprietary software you are still supporting a system that’s harmful because of patent laws that inhibit creativity, because of malicious code that often collects information on you and because of limitations on what you can do with the software. In a sense the software is ‘owning you’ rather than you owning the software. I think Stallman is right in principle and in principle I would rather use free or open source software. In practice I use the major proprietary software because it is better and because it is a standard that is used by a lot of other people but I look around for freeware/open source alternatives and want to move more in this direction. I suspect that software corporations like Adobe benefit from piracy because it enables creative people, especially young people, to do creative work that promotes their product.

  2. zandtao says:

    The issue of piracy that I was discussing concerned the non-spending of money. When we spend money we are part of the cycle that is controlled by the 1%. I have often discussed the notion of Mindful Consumer Network where people get together to trade through organic farms etc. I have particularly discussed this with regards to Occupy where the people have recognised that any form of spending brings them within the 1% ambit. Occupy are even discussing use of alternative currency as did the people in Argentina during their crisis. Hollywood are directing much of the anti-piracy as discussed by Torrent Freak, specifically the attack on Megaupload. Piracy of entertainment, books and software greatly reduce the profits of this aspect of the 1%, and their heavy-handed shutting-down of Megaupload with its legitimate and “illegal” uploads is an example of how serious the issue is to them. Piracy is of concern to the 1% because of money, as money is primarily what they are concerned about, and to fight them we also need to focus first of all on how we spend our money. These companies are primarily concerned with profits lost by piracy including Adobe.

    I tend to agree with what you are talking about but that was not the issue I was talking about so I missed it. As with everything else marketing controls what we use, and there are the malicious side-effects as discussed. I do not understand open source, it seems to me they have not matured. The first principle of computer usage that is ever taught is to make the computer user-friendly so proprietary software is unzip and install. It seems to me that open source cannot bother to do this – it feels nerdy. If they want it to be used why don’t they do this? I use mu-torrent and have used miro for their simplicity of installation. I used to use freeware but now the issue doesn’t concern me because I am not spending. I am not so concerned about privacy issues. It is western-spending that has the power not my small retirement income, that is who they want to control.

    Thailand is an interesting example of piracy that the WTO half-heartedly tries to control. I go to a place called Pantip Plaza where they have 5 floors selling computers and accessories. All over the place there are stalls selling software, movies or porn – none of it “legally”. Right at the top of the building is a huge banner saying “respect intellectual property rights”, this I find very amusing. Occasionally when I have been there these booths scurry, and there is a police presence but it is token. This is Thai enterprise. Thai people download, put the stuff on CD/DVD and sell one for £2. In truth if Thai people paid for “legal” windows there would not be the computers everywhere. But is this about law? Whose law is the WTO protecting? It is protecting the profits of the 1%, and trying to force people to pay their money to the Americans or sometimes the Europeans. The Twin Towers housed the WTO, the people there were working to support US protectionism and disadvantage the rest of the world. Far too few people highlight this when 9/11 is discussed. This is not a justification for the murder but the people were not innocent either – but everyone has to work.

    For me the blog was a recognition that piracy was a political act, that by non-spending through downloads is significantly reducing the 1% appropriation of our money. Despite the Pirate parties not having Occupy agendas they are working for grass roots democracy. I feel that Stallman is only discussing peripheral issues.

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