Interested in possible radical alternatives to the current political process? Want to know more about the pro-tech and pro-digital plans of non-mainstream parties such as Consensus (a spin-off from Zero State) and the Pirate Party?
Then you may want to attend the discussion organised this Saturday via the Zero State meetup. Please find below:
- A message from the meeting organiser, Amon Kalkin
- A message from a Pirate Party UK activist, Chris Monteiro, to other members of the Pirate Party UK about this meeting
- More information about Consensus, The Pirate Party UK, and Zero State.
Amon Kalkin writes:
The Consensus (http://cdfp.org) is a new political party in the UK, organising meetings and outreach throughout the summer to build a community of common intent. We want radical political change in the UK, to sweep away a culture of entrenched injustice and self-interest.
At our next meeting on Saturday April 13th, we will be discussing the Consensus manifesto and changes that should be made to it. It is a new document, so we want to have a round of public discussion of its points before changes can no longer be made without a formal vote. If you have strong feelings about changes that would benefit Britain which are not endorsed by the mainstream parties, then come along and have your views heard!
We will also be discussing how to begin building a political community in London with regular meetings, including spreading word, encouraging attendance, and reaching out to like-minded groups.
There will be no charge to attend, but attendees will be encouraged to join or donate to the Consensus, helping us to hold advertised meetings in larger venues.
Chris Monteiro writes:
Want to get involved in future politics?
While I like to think PPUK may be the ‘digital rights’ party of today, the mainstream politics of tomorrow is still very much up for grabs
The PPUK is not the only group thinking this way. Zero State is a futurist organization running a number of projects from a Bitcoin economy, the emergent area of biohacking through to supporting full blown life extension projects. There’s even an emergent philosophy/ideology in development called ‘Doctrine Zero’ featuring sensible tenets of ranging from rationality to compassion.
With politicians increasingly fighting over the center ground, technical and scientific truths too often fall by the wayside when inconvenient, in favour for short term corporate or populist objectives. As such the founders of Zero State have spun off a project to define what could be the political party of tomorrow, called The Consensus.
Monthly meetings are planned in London for anyone open to TechnoProgressive politics, regardless of existing party affiliations or activities, with the aim of discovering common ideals, drawing attention to overlooked policies, being exposed to new points of view and having a few drinks. Whether a new political movement is born, or simply a strong set of ideas emerges – the process should be enlightening and engaging for everyone involved.
Zero State have already indicated their support for Pirate Party policies and ideals, this process should be considered entirely complementary to PPUK policy development.
Why not come down to the next meeting in London, even if you’ve never come to a PPUK meeting before? You can meet myself and ask me questions about PPUK, the founders of Zero State as well as varied people looking ahead to make a difference in the politics of the future.
The next meeting will be at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the upstairs of The Queen’s Larder pub near Russell Square in London. Feel free to discuss this project on the PPUK forums or drop me an email: ([masked])
For a statement of the principles of Consensus, see http://www.cdfp.org/?page_id=21.
About The Pirate Party UK:
The Pirate Party UK is a democratic political party built on grassroots support and the work of volunteers.
We stand for Digital Rights, Civil Liberties and a politics fit for the 21st Century. We want a Britain where all can be part of our shared culture and economy.
We are a party with no parallel in British politics, wholly transparent to the public, accountable to our members and not dependent on external groups for our funding or direction.
About Zero State:
Zero State is a movement for positive social change through technology.
We’re a grass-roots world community pursuing smart, compassionate solutions to problems, and improving the human condition.
Personal transformative technologies we pursue include life extension and cognitive & physical enhancement. Social projects include accelerating change, basic income, meshnets and bitcoin, while lifestyle initiatives explore areas such as the arts, spirituality, fashion and culture.
Our goal is the establishment of a trans-national, virtual state – the Zero State.
ZS is dedicated to mutual aid and global renewal in science, technology, politics, economics, environmentalism and spirituality. The Zero State will act as a counterpoint to traditional governmental, corporate and religious institutions, bringing people together to share independently-developed tools and resources.
For a recent, in-depth overview of ZS views and initiatives, you can buy the ZERO STATE “Black Book” via Lulu.com.