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Radical futurist politics? Pirate Party and Consensus Meetup

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 ( 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])

About Consensus:

The Consensus

For a statement of the principles of Consensus, see

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 changebasic incomemeshnets 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

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  • A former member
    A former member


    April 8, 2013

    • M. Amon T.

      Hey Veronika - There's another meeting this Saturday, I hope you'll be able to make it along this time! :-)

      Details are here, in the Zero State meetup group:­ "FUTURISM AS POLICY: What should futurists want from political change?"

      April 30, 2013

  • M. Amon T.

    p.s. Forgot to say, the next meeting is this Saturday!

    April 30, 2013

  • M. Amon T.

    Dear All - There will be another meeting following up on our discussions, details at the Zero State meetup group, here:

    We hope some of you can make it along!

    April 30, 2013

  • M. Amon T.

    That's brilliant, cheers Paul! I approved the comment earlier, and also passed into on to the relevant threads in both the ZS mailing list and facebook group (all links are at I made a point of doing that since I thought it was an extremely important point that I want people to bear in mind while considering something as pivotal and essentially unchangeable as a name for the movement...

    Anyway, I'll post an update here later if/when there are developments, but of course you should feel free to check out those links and follow the discussion yourself :-)

    April 15, 2013

  • Emmanuel F.

    Enriching. Clarifying

    April 14, 2013

  • M. Amon T.

    Great comments, thanks Paul!

    Yes, conversation with Chris Monteiro continued after you left, and the movement / general influence / think tank idea is almost certainly going to be pursued, with the traditional political party pursued more as an option to be kept open in case the movement could find it useful - just one mode of expression among others for a unifying movement / principle based political organization.

    There is a lot to work out, and I'm going to post an update to the mailing list (link below) when the various points of view have been reviewed in a couple of days:

    So, news and developments soon!

    April 14, 2013

  • M. Amon T.

    Lots of engaged, productive conversation - it's going to be an interesting summer!

    April 14, 2013

  • Mathew

    Now that was a seriously cool Meetup. Thanks!! Looking forward to seeing what comes of it.

    April 13, 2013

  • M. Amon T.

    Hi folks - It's going to be a busy meeting today, larger than anticipated!

    For those who are going to want to hear about more Consensus meetings (at least one per month throughout the summer) and other ZS futurist events around the world, may I suggest that you also sign up to the Zero State meetup group:

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry cant make it anymore..

    April 13, 2013

  • M. Amon T.

    Dear All - Here's a little more information to help you get the most out of this Saturday's Consensus meeting.

    The focus of our discussions will be development of the draft Consensus manifesto, which you can find here:

    We'll take note of everyone's suggestions and comments at the meeting, and then combine them as best we can to create an official manifesto that can only later be changed by vote of registered party members.

    The Consensus is a political party spin-off of the Zero State futurist community, whose principles you can find here:

    This Saturday's meeting agenda is here:

    Our proposed policy development framework is here:

    We look forward to meeting you on Saturday, and hearing your views!

    - Amon Kalkin

    April 11, 2013

  • terence f.

    I will come if I can but suspect I have no time.

    April 9, 2013

  • Igor

    Would love to participate, won't be able to make it though.

    April 8, 2013

  • David W.

    See for some online discussion regarding the draft statement of Consensus principles.

    In particular, one link from there goes to where Samantha Atkins raises a number of interesting comments.

    April 8, 2013

  • Rohit T.

    Sounds fascinating but afraid I'm not going to be able to make it.

    April 8, 2013

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