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Since you asked, I think the emergence of this party is a great development: it mobilizes what is effectively a vocal anti-state constituency. It's deliberately avoided left-right classification, and by urging greater transparency in government it implicitly accepts the statist status quo for the moment. But it seems to be posing a powerful and unexpected long-term challenge to that status quo.

I'm very optimistic about it. I've noticed that the under 30s are far more libertarian than older generations. I think Boldrin and Levine have put together a convincing case that intellectual monopoly isn't really all that important anyway.

At most, it'll drive mainstream political parties to adopt more liberal (as in libertarian) policies on Internet privacy and copyright. I don't think that young Swedes are generally anti-government or that the sudden rise of this party is a sign of more general grievances. They're just very much into their civil liberties and - more importantly - on being able to share files with their friends.

I had the opportunity to vote for the German Pirates Party at the recent EU elections, but didn't much fancy supporting what seemed to me like a bunch of 20-something computer nerds on a one-issue platform.

Vikings were pirates and looters, right? What's the surprise that Swedes would be attracted to piracy?

I'm a 30 year old Swedish libertarian that voted for the Pirate Party in the European elections. The copyright/file sharing issue is not the main issue for me. Instead it is the increased state surveillance of both telecommunication networks and the Internet. This culminated in the Swedish FRA law which was passed earlier this year despite large opposition. Most of the other of these laws have their origination in the European Union and that it is why it is important to have representation in the European parliament that understands these issues, also it sent a very very strong signal to current center-right government in Sweden that they must take notice of these issues. The Center party, now in the government, actually campaigned on a strong civil liberties platform which had many liberals (European definition) and libertarians to vote for them. A lot of them, including me, felt betrayed by the way they have been acting with regards to civil liberties so this was a good opportunity to show our dismay at their policies.

Also, if the suggested solution to fighting copyright infringement is the introduction of a almost totalitarian surveillance state I think we might have to rethink copyright in itself. But I think it is mostly down to the content providers not adjusting their business models to new market conditions. There is a market for online media, however since (almost) no-one is providing a legal market for it, we get a black market. Just look at the success of the iTunes Music Store over the world or of the streaming service Spotify.

I'm worried that the movement seems to be centered around undercutting intellectual property laws however their resistance to internet spying by the government is admirable.

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