Published On: Wed, Feb 8th, 2017

Dutch Pirate Party: The Powers That Be Aren’t Too Welcoming of Bitcoin

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Bitcoinist spoke with the Dutch Pirate Party Leader Ancilla van de Leest on their recent attempt to pay the Election Council with Bitcoin, their appeal with younger voters, and why they believe everybody should be free to choose the currency they want to use.
Dutch Pirate Party: ‘We Need a Viable Alternative to Fiat’
Bitcoinist: Why was the Netherlands Pirate Party founded? What issues does it focus on?
Ancilla van de Leest (AVL): The Dutch Pirate Party is one of the 40 different National Pirate Parties worldwide. The first Pirate Party was founded in Sweden in 2006 as a reaction to the crackdown on young people sharing culture and information on the internet: The first raid on The Pirate Bay.

Both Bitcoin and the Pirate Party are about taking control away from the middlemen and from concentrations of power.

They were called Pirates by the copyright industry, and they took that name as a badge of honor. The Swedish Pirate Party quickly took two seats in the European Parliament. After this the movement spread to many countries and their platforms grew to include severely limiting patents and  …

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