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It started 2006, in the first days of the pirate party in Austria: When party-founder Florian Hufsky wanted to register the url "piratenpartei.at" he found out, that it was already registered to the Austrian communist party "KPOE - European Left". The communists told him that they themselves were already a pirate party, and if he wanted to make pirate politics he would have to do it within their organisation. It took some time and interventions from international pirate parties to convince the communists that there is no way that pirates would ever be acting in the framework of existing political parties - certainly not being blackmailed into such a situation - and that our political goals and methods do not fit communism at all. Unfortunately that episode of party history was forgotten, due to the tragical suicide of Hufsky in 2009 and the fluctuation of personnel in party boards and members.

When the PPAt had reached a size that promised electoral success, and thereby the chance to gain well paid positions in the political establishment, that was the honeypot that drew so many wannabe-leaders and agents of other parties that feared the competition to the PPAt.

For Austria, those were Christopher Clay and Julia Reda. Here is a detailed description of what happened at the general assembly, that decided the first union of the PPAt with the communists.
http://partypiratesat.createaforum.com/general-discussion/piratische-antifaschisten-sind-antipiratische-faschisten/
A short summary in english: along with her fellow PPAt-member from Berlin Fabio Reinhardt, Reda became moderator of the assambly, how that happened is one of the blank spots in the protocol. From the very beginning she and her co-moderators changed the agenda, so that all applications made by critics, criticising the board or being simply disliked by the board could be avoided. They where postponed till the end of the day, when there was of course no more time to take care of them, or they where called when the person who made it was outside, and were then rejected because of the absence of the author.
People who asked critical questions to the board and the management were interrupted or told they would be sacked from the assembly, if they would not stop. Finally Bernhard Hayden, one of the local moderators, interrupted his "work" to read a prepared text to the assembly, that warshipped his Guru Christopher Clay.
Clay promised to the Pirates, that he would make sure that the Pirates would not be seen as a Party of the political left because of the union with the communists. When the members had voted for the union, he turned around and held a press conference, celebrating the new union of all parties of the political left, including the Pirates. Later he claimed he did not want to waste ten years dealing with stupid NGOs and infantile activists, he wanted to be a proper polititian, earning proper money and only dealing with other proper polititians.
When Reda got elected an MEP because of a pathetic mistake in German voting regulations, the first thing she did was to pose with the flag and some members of the radical left in the EP: https://mobile.twitter.com/SkaKeller/status/483883550044073984/photo/1

Clay became her "Communications Officer", critcising the Pirate's "stupid dogma of non-violence", claiming he had the right to decide, when the use of violence was justified (which is of course against everyone who has a different oppinion then himself and Reda).

Before the union the communists and their socks in the PPAt promised, that the cooperation would be only for the eu-elections. That of course was once again a lie. The elelections in Vienna came close, and the communists stroke again. Their socks in Vienna, Gerhard Hager and Christoph Ulbrich, made sure that the PPAt was in a union with the communists again.
How they managed to secure that, is described by Hager here: https://forum.piratenpartei.at/thread-14161-post-138427.html#pid138427
In english: the membership-fees of the PPAt are so low, that the communist party could afford to pay the fees for a number of members of the communist's youth-organization, that showed up at the Vienna assembly, to vote for the union. They came with another communist sock, Juliana Okropiridse, who got the first place on the candidates-list for the coming elections in return. She also claims to be a board members of "unipiraten" (once the Pirate's students organization) and the Austrian young pirates "junge Piraten", that are as empty shells as Julia Reda's european version of "Young pirates". In these organizations there have been no activities whatsoever since these hoaxes were founded.

According to the statutes of the PPAt, the decision for the union would have needed a 70% approval by all members nationwide, which it didn't get. So the members of the partie's abitration court, specially Florian Salmhofer, decided that this part of the statutes was to be ignored, because they are as well socks of the communists. So the communists didn't have to pay so many membership–fees to have 70% in the national organization, Vienna was enough by then.
In the press-release celebrating the union, that was made despite it has not been legitimized by the members of PPAt, the board of the communist party declared, that the left-populist parties syriza and podemos were the blueprint for their new political formation: http://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20150216_OTS0131/wir-wollen-wien-veraendern

Hager and Ulbrich also made clear, that to them the only reasons to be in politics are power and money: http://wien.piratenpartei.at/landesgeneralversammlung-2015-1/
A short summary: they declared that to them the Pirate's idea of being political activists instead of politicians was "stupid". They wanted to be elected into parliament or at least a local council to feel relevant, and of course to earn lots of money.

The communist agents first declared, the union now called "andas" was only to be formed for the viennese elections (we remember: they also declared that the first cooperation was just for the eu-elections before the eu-elections, so who is sane wouldn't believe them any more), which - surprise! - is once more a lie. It also was a lie, that andas would keep on being a union, but soon it came clear, that this was another lie: https://forum.piratenpartei.at/thread-14332.html
The reason to actually form a new party: it's the money, stupid! In the most unlikely case that they would be elected, they would have gotten additional tax money for being a party.
https://forum.piratenpartei.at/thread-14332-post-140502.html#pid140502

Here is a first-handed description of how the decision for the Viennese version of "andas" was made in the end:
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Serves you right, KPÖ! Socketeering is no substitute for due diligence!

At the time of the decision to share campaign efforts and results, the KPÖ would have had enough information to refrain from it, because Ofer was indicted in November. Juliana Okropiridse would have failed a simple screen test. A glance on pirate activity would have revealed total absence thereof.

However, it is not only lack of due diligence you can reproach on the communists. As they say in America: you can’t con an honest man. You cannot con an honest party, either. What the communists did to the Pirate Party was essentially a hostile take-over. The then soon-to-be communism-starlet Juliana Okropiridse showed up at the pirate assembly vote for or against the alliance in the company of homeys from the communist youth organization who tipped the balance in favor of joining. She had to do it twice, because the first voting was ruled unstatutory by the pirate arbitration board. Okropiridse’s commie socks also voted pirate issues out of the campaign at that assembly.

This will not end well

So far, the only visible influence of the Viennese pirates on the campaign is a sudden onslaught of profanity, a traditional hallmark of the capitals’s piracy (together with bar brawls). In an article about wealth distribution in Austria on the campaign website, Didi Zach, Okropiridse’s running mate, quoted himself as naming political opponents as „assholes“. Okropiridse herself is peddling vomit bags at campaign press conferences. The slogan that goes with it is an allusion to scooping dog feces from the sidewalk.
https://mobile.twitter.com/hyliapfingstl/status/609057520208986113

The new andas-party is ruled by a central committy that makes all decisions non-transparently and without asking the members, so it is a classical stalinist construction. The Pirates are in contrary to that a postideological and direct-democratic movement. That's why no real Pirate could ever participate in a cooperation with communists or other non-democratic organizations.

Of course this hoax did not succeed, and got as little votes as the communists always get, because voters are not stupid enough to be fooled that easily, and recognize communists when they see them. Meanwhile communist spooks installed in Pirate Parties in Berlin and other German regions returned to the party they came from, the German department of the European left "dieLinke". In Austria the next effort is made by the communist party, to form a new party that camouflages its communist nature, this time called "Aufbruch". Among the founding members are least surprisingly several individuals involved in the incidents described here. The pirate party in Austria has been turned down. The forum, last platform of commication with the members, was closed and taken offline. The communist socks hold the infrastructure of the party hostage, only not to let real pirates get started again. There is no other activity whatsoever.

One of the founders of "Aufbruch" is Lukas Daniel "@vilinthril" Klausner. Klausner is the person that always has a delegate-majority in the Pirate Party's online-electoral-tool called "liquid", a derivate of the "liquid-feedback" polling-software. Liquid Feedback was designed for opinion polling, not for binding referendums, and it needs by advise of the developers at least 1000 participants and a strictly divided administration from the administration of party members to avoid manipulation. Shortly after liquid was installed Klausner took control of both administrations. He gave friends and relatives free memberships that he is expanding ever since, to always be able to make decisions for the whole party all by himself. Abusing that tool like that, he was able to decide that the decisions made with the tool would overthrow decisions made by real-life members at party assemblies, and so he repeatedly was able to make decisions in favour of the cooperation with the communists, when assemblies had rejected them. This method of faking democracy fits communists for sure, bout it is the opposite of what pirates want to achieve, and drove all members except a handful of politically irrelevant mentals out of the party.

Unfortunately the Pirate Parties international are ignoring the whole situation, and Gregory Engels is giving the European Left every support that they want. I just can not find the decision of the board or any other pirate organization, that legitimates that. The ppi-board will also have to choose one side, because pirates and communists can never be on the same side! As I can not see other pirate parties than the Austrian to already be taken over by the communists, but I can not know that. So I will make a survey amongst the boards of all pirate parties worldwide, how they feel abot being communists soon. I will inform the ppi-board about the results, as they come in. Then we will know, how popular the board's decision to support the European Left really is.

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In the name of the ppi-board Gregory Engels has handed over the moderation of their whole forum to the well known left fascist Christian Bayer, aka "Cave". This sinister character immediately started to delete every single word of criticism about the communist takeover of the PPAt, and censoring and closing out everey critic, like it is normal for stalinism.

So the ppi-board has chosen it's side, and it obviously ist the side of the European Left. This means war!

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Quote from: pirate times
PPSE VOTES TO LEAVE PIRATE PARTIES INTERNATIONAL (PPI)

May 10, 2015 · by Andrew McCallum · in Europe, Pirate Party News
The Pirate Party of Sweden (PPSE) has become the latest national party to leave Pirate Parties International (PPI), following a vote taken at the currently ongoing PPSE General Assembly.

The Assembly approved the Board’s proposed motion to end PPSE’s observer membership by 62 votes to 8 against, with 13 blank votes. In its motion the Board stated that “[d]uring our two years as observers, we have not noticed many improvements in the organization. Indeed, it has been worse on many levels and it is important to highlight that we are not satisfied with the organization.”

more on Pirate Times

we are not satisfied with the organization either!

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Communist Party of Austria discovers shit end of stick

https://twitter.com/hyliapfingstl/status/609057520208986113

Sorry for redirection to Twitter, the software of this forum wouldn't accept the direct link.

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When Pirates DO prefer CENSORSHIP

Publicado el mayo 10, 2014 por samedokan
No answer forthcoming in 20 days… I guess they do not want to bother about the issue before the elections are over and crime has paid. So I have to BLOW THE WHISTLE.

Never thought I’d have to blow the whistle on PIRATES😦

 

Antonio Garcia
ningunotro@hotmail.com
22/04/2014
Para: Vassilis Perantzakis

(member of the new Court of Arbitration of Pirate Parties International)

1 dato adjunto (507,0 kB)
Descargar infotothepress.zip (507,0 kB)

If ONLY it had stayed about the fraudulent PPI membership of PP-CAT, I would not be furious.

It started, at the international level, with bad behaviour and errors at the PPI General Assembly of 2012 in Prague.

Prior to that, the problem started in Spain in 2010…

The Spanish Pirate Party was founded at the end of 2006 as a standard clone of the Swedish Pirate Party. This cloning included, of course… acting politically at the national and european level, as these were the ones where legislation dear to the pirate ideals was actually developed. So, no participation in regional nor local elections were envisaged.

One quirk of the Spanish Pirate Party Statutes, which were crafted in a sort of paranoid way, was the fact that the founding principles of the party were pritty armored: to change any of these, 90% minimum of the membership had to cast a vote in an Extraordinary General Assembly, and two thirds of the vote had to be YES.

The difficulty compounded when at some time pirates decided the party was not growing in membership fast enough… and dropped asking for membership fees.

There, the only real test on if any member was not lost to the party… disappeared. People simply did not care to resign membership, and no membership fee payment remained able to fail and alert anyone to the fact that someone who had not payed the fee was no member anymore.

The result, of course, was that when some members of the party suggested that they would be very interested in running a candidature for the Catalan regional elections…

… in no way could the Spanish Pirate Party organize timely an Extraordinary General Assembly where there could be any chance AT ALL that 90% of all those that were listed as members in the parties database would cast a vote😦. The only legit way to clean the database of ghost members was to take the decision to reintroduce membership fees… and wait to see who failed to pay the next dues to write him off as a member. Once the membership database such cleaned… one could organize a EGA with the hope (if maybe still remote) of 90% of the membership voting.

Needless to say… this would never happen in time for the Brethren of Catalonia to be able to present a candidature to the 2010 regional elections.

And then… foolish as they were… they just JUMPED SHIP… and created a Catalan Pirate Party just to be able to run in those elections.

While from my point of view such behaviour has NO JUSTIFICATION WHATSOEVER in the pirate ideology… they have tried to justify their existence ever since.

They have adopted a very populistic direct democracy approach… and wreaked havoc first in internal spanish pirate matters, complicating pirate logistics needlessly, and subsequently in international pirate affairs.

In 2011 they submitted a request for full membership to the PPI, but it was watered down to observer membership before even reaching that years GA, because the PPI statutes admitted only ONE full member per country.

For the 2012 PPI GA, they intelligently adopted a two step approach… they submitted various statutes amendments aiming at opening a door towards full membership for themselves as a first step. It had to be a two step approach because the admittance of new members ALWAYS happened with the current Statutes, amendments being discussed too late to immediately come into effect at a moment where they could be useful for them.

As a result, they were OBSERVER MEMBERS since 2011, and they proposed Statutes amendments in 2012 with which they could candidate for FULL MEMBERSHIP at first in 2013… so as to be full member and able to participate in the coveted european elections of 2014.

At the 2012 PPI GA in Prague… I was a delegate for the Spanish Pirate Party, and my mission was to discretely lobby the delegates of all the other pirate parties but of course the Catalan Pirate Party in order to convince them of the fact that opening the Pandoras Box of multiple full memberships per country would be a doomsday scenario for the Pirate Movement.

I went about it discretely, because I did not want to ruin the 2012 PPI General Assembly for our German Brethren… they had two regional elections coming up one and two months later, and the premises were SWAMPED by German press.

All I had to do was convince 1/3 of the vote casting delegates… to reject any Statutes amendment going towards the aims of the Catalan Pirate Party.

Insofar as I can judge the facts without a total insight on what other were thinking… the organizing commitee opted for an other solution… they gave priority to the approval of a few Statutes amendments concerning the composition and mission of the Board of Directors and the Court of Arbitration… and then just pledged to waste time so the rest of the amendments never got tabled.

Although not an optimal solution, this was a solution I and the Spanish Pirate Party could live with, even if wasting time untill the last moment meant not having the right circumstances to present a few broadranging strategical proposals to the General Assembly.

Alas, the Catalan Pirate Party delegates did not accept their strategy being thwarted (not finishing step one, they would never manage to complete the second before the European Election madness)… and they BLACKMAILED the PPI GA… delegate Kenneth Peiruza threathening that he could be the bad boy too (reacting on Thomas Gauls sorry statement)…

The rest you can read in many places…

I have written a blog post where you get the last evolutions, but also a link to a file with ALL the EVIDENCE:

https://samedokan.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/klarmachen-zum-kentern/

The file is joined to this mail too.

To make things short, but clear…

1) The Catalans, seeing their aims thwarted… populistically called upon the gathered General Assembly of the PPI to immediately have a popular vote on whether PP-CAT should be a full member or not. They asked ANYBODY to submit a motion asking for such a vote.

Nobody did so, as I believe everybody knows an improvised motion is NO ACCEPTABLE WAY of tabling a membership issue in the PPI. At least, not one mentioned in the Statutes.

For the record… the Court of Arbitration had to settle the question of candidate Pirate Parties who had submitted their candidacy papers AFTER the official deadline… AND decided they had to wait until the next GA. PP-CAT, due to their two step strategy… had of course not even bothered to present candidacy papers at this time. They were thus NOT EVEN CANDIDATES.
http://wiki.pp-international.net/PPI_CoA/PPI_CoA_Ruling_2012-2

As the pression of the PP-CAT delegates was mounting and they risked to turn the GA into a childish battle in the presence of the full German press…

… the Chairing Board of the PPI GA choose to understand a plea for clarification of the developing situation submitted by the halfblind remote delegates of Australia as if it were the motion the Catalans were so loudly asking for…

… and an STATUTORILY ILLEGAL VOTE on the full membership of PP-CAT to PPI was organized.

I choose NOT to intervene at that point BECAUSE it was more than obvious that anything decided thus should EASILY be nullified by a PROMPT decision of a LEGIT Court of Arbitration.

Better to let the GA end with a stupid and invalid vote, BUT without a public scandal in the press.

SO… THE VOTE WAS CLEARLY ILLEGAL AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN OVERTURNED WITHOUT EFFORT BY THE COA (at least any competent one).

...

https://samedokan.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/when-pirates-do-prefer-censorship/

To put a long story short: ppi-bureaucrats would cooperate with anyone who supports them. They are absolutely pain-resistant when it comes to mobster-style policy in their never ending struggle for relevance, that will never succeed, because relevance requests decency and honesty, which the ppi-clowns lack completely.

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