[pp.int.general] purpose of manifesto
Carlos Ayala Vargas
aiarakoa at yahoo.es
Sun Jan 25 01:11:11 CET 2009
Will Pomes wrote:
> Thanks for the explanation. It really helps.
> 2 questions though:
> 1) Who makes the comparison? 2) What is PSOE?
2 ) /Partido Socialista Obrero Español/, Spanish Socialist Workers'
Party -the party currently in Spanish Government and with majority in
1 ) People in popular Spanish forums like meneame -a digg-like website-,
barrapunto.com -a slashdot-like website-, bandaancha.eu, etc. And only
in those places because we haven't won a place in mass media; once we
achieve it, then some traditional journalists will give us the same
treatment as they give to any other party countering the Government.
It is said that it's easier to counter an only enemy instead of many;
thus, instead of facing several ideologies, PSOE and its /handymen/ make
this false dichotomy:
- while PSOE may not be true /left/, /is/ -according to that people- the
closest-to-/left/ party with chances to reach the Government;
- any party who counters PSOE policies is a /right-wing/ party
- (and now here comes the biggest fallacy) thus, in order to avoid
/right-wing/ parties reach the Government, /tactical voting/ has to be
given to PSOE
It makes things easier for the Government: they don't have to prove that
they are good -they wouldn't be able-, they just have to prove that the
rest are worse; and packing the rest into /right-wing/ makes things even
easier. In 2004, PSOE gained 164 seats, while in 2008 nailed 169, how?
tiny /leftist/ parties lost a considerable amount of votes from people
who helped PSOE to avoid the /rightist/ Popular Party reach the Government.
I've heard tons of times, while collecting signatures, in Spanish web
forums, etc, that of "/I like PIRATA stances, however voting PIRATA is
like voting PP because it helps PP winning the General Election/"; in an
scenario where the two big parties in Spain increased their seats from
312 in 2004 to 323 in 2008 -the atrocious bipartidism-, is essential for
a tiny party not to be swallowed by any of those big parties, not to be
unfairly punished by voters because of supposed parallelisms with any of
We have in Spain two major challenges:
- to consolidate our political personality
- to prove ourselves not being a /voting waste/
Being confused with PP, nationally and/or internationally, would never
help us. Regards,
( Aiarakoa )
Partido Pirata National Board's Chairman
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