[pp.int.general] 'Liquid Democrazy': Pirate Party Sinks amid Chaos and Bickering

Travis McCrea me at travismccrea.com
Sun Feb 24 09:08:05 CET 2013

Of course it is, we are people (and I am generalizing here, so please forgive me I know it doesn't include everyone) who were bullied and teased in school, we were outcasts and now that we have our own clique we are developing the same patterns that the cliques in High School did. We are becoming bullies to people in our group and looking at our differences instead of our likenesses.

Throw that in with a group that is statistically more likely to have Aspergers (or something else on the Autism Spectrum or social deficit disorder), and you have the Pirate Party. We cannot change how our brains work, however, we can look within ourselves and try to see what we are doing so that we can be nicer to each other. It's harder because we are not trying to be mean, we are not trying to ride someone hard, but we usually do and once we see that in ourselves we can work to fix it.

People with an ASD also have a bigger problem with people telling us what to do. We don't want you to boss us around or think that you are somehow better than us. The libertarianism in our party probably in large part comes from that, and it's not necessarily wrong to question authority… I don't have the answer for how we respond to this, I have my opinions on leadership and I know many of you have different views on it. However, we should recognize that the general group of people I am addressing this to (which includes me) have an unnatural aversion to people in leadership roles and while we shouldn't give them arbitrary trust, we should treat them with understanding that they are doing a lot to make as many people as they can happy.

Maybe I will get flamed for this "blah blah blah you can't generalize" "blah blah blah politically correct things about ASD"… so I just want to repeat this isn't for everyone, if you read this and see a little bit of yourself in it… then it's for you.

Travis McCrea
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On Feb 24, 2013, at 2:49 AM, Francisco George <francisco.george at gmail.com> wrote:

> Let us face the truth...we are all affected by the same virus!
> https://twitter.com/SalernoMax/statuses/305344760963543040
> http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-pirate-party-sinks-amid-chaos-and-bickering-a-884533.html
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