If you’d like to help make the Pirate Party grow in the U.S., we need you now more than ever. Send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with fellow Pirates in your state.
We have been receiving a flood of emails from people interested in joining up. We’re working hard to get everyone responded to in a swift manner, but we need you to take initiative on your own! Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party (the first Pirate Party), listed a number of principles in Swarmwise, his FREE book on organizing, that we hope you will take to heart:
We make decisions. We aren’t afraid to try out new things, new ways to shape opinion and drive the public debate. We make decisions without asking anybody’s permission, and we stand for them. Sometimes, things go wrong. It’s always okay to make a mistake in the Pirate Party, as long as one is capable of learning from that mistake. Here’s where the famous “three-pirate rule” comes into play: if three self-identified pirates are in agreement that some kind of activism is beneficial to the party, they have authority to act in the party’s name. They can even be reimbursed for expenses related to such activism, as long as it is reasonable (wood sticks, glue, and paint are reasonable; computer equipment and jumbotrons are not).
We are courageous. If something goes horribly wrong, we deal with it then, and only then. We are never nervous in advance. Everything can go wrong, and everything can go right. We are allowed to do the wrong thing, because otherwise, we can never do the right thing either.
We advance one another. We depend on our cohesion. It is just as much an achievement to show solitary brilliance in results as it is to advance other activists or officers.
We trust one another. We know that each and every one of us wants the best for the Pirate Party.
There are more principles, so please take a look at them.
Here are a few more resources from our wiki (sorry, currently read-only. We are working on that) and other sources:
- What is the Pirate Party (always evolving)
- New State Party Guide
- Local Party Organization
- Massachusetts Pirate Party‘s Organizing Guide;
- Massachusetts Pirate Party‘s recent Talk on running for local office. A video of an older version of this talk was at their
- And of course, you should get a FREE copy of Rick Falkvinge’s Swarmwise.
Thank you for your continued support, and onward toward electing more Pirates in 2017 and 2018!