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Falkvinge named in 2011 'Global Thinkers' list

Falkvinge named in 2011 'Global Thinkers' list

Published: 29 Nov 2011 16:40 GMT+01:00
Updated: 29 Nov 2011 16:40 GMT+01:00

Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge has been named among the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy magazine, alongside a number of Arab revolutionaries and the likes of Barack Obama, Ai WeiWei, and Mark Zuckerberg.

"Indeed, 2011 may be remembered as the year Falkvinge's big idea broke through into the public consciousness. His Pirates still aren't exactly mainstream, but the issues they focus on -- government transparency, Internet privacy, and copyright law -- are very much in the Zeitgeist," the journal explained.

Rick Falkvinge, a former Microsoft employee and software entrepreneur founded Sweden's Pirate Party in 2006. He stepped down as leader in January 2011.

The Pirate Party grew out of a youth movement with origins in Scandinavia and were founded amidst the intense debate around file-sharing, the anti-piracy Ipred and the FRA wire-tapping laws.

They are currently active in around 20 countries.

Sweden's Pirate Party first stood in a Riksdag election in 2006, claiming 0.63 percent of the vote.

In the 2009 elections to the European Parliament the party won one seat with 7.1 percent of the Swedish vote.

The party's electoral success was short-lived however, with the party only registering 0.65 percent in Sweden's 2010 Riksdag elections.

Falkvinge squeaked in 98th on the list which was dominated by the theme of the Arab Spring, represented by revolutionaries from the Arab world including Alaa Al Aswany, Mohamed Elbradei and Razan Zaitouneh.

He is the only Swede to make this year's cut but is joined by Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg and Denmark's Björn Lomborg.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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03:49 November 30, 2011 by sgt_doom
Anyone who placed Obama's name on that list (the latest in a long list of Wall Street lackeys to occupy the American presidency), is truly nutty and a whackjob!

Obama has gone after and imprisoned more whistleblowers than all PAST US PRESIDENTS COMBINED!!!

His administration has "preemptively" arrested numerous activists, and changed more regulations, making them more suitable to Wall Street and the oil industry than the previous two terms of the Bush administration.

He has detailed, without due process and habeas corpus, numerous people, and finally granted Bradley Manning his "speedy" right to a courts martial (I'm being sarcastic here).

We'll see whether or not he actually vetos the last corporate fascist item coming to vote in the US Congress:

http://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/NDAA

"Today, the Senate voted 37-61 to reject an important amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have removed harmful provisions authorizing the U.S. military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians, including American citizens, anywhere in the world. The amendment offered by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), would have replaced those provisions with a requirement for an orderly congressional review of detention power."

(And I haven't even mentioned all the innocents killed by those drones......)
08:12 November 30, 2011 by Lavaux
With the exception of Björn Lomborg, if the so-called 'thinkers' listed in the article are the best our world has to offer, then we're screwed. I wonder whether there are any insurers offering Armageddon coverage?
08:24 November 30, 2011 by skogsbo
Obama is a class act, after getting the nobel peace prize he has managed to escalate tension with China, Iran and Russia... is he desperate for war not peace? He is certainly doing more than thinking, but all the wrong stuff.
09:31 November 30, 2011 by BrittInSweden
@sgt_doom "Anyone who placed Obama's name on that list (the latest in a long list of Wall Street lackeys to occupy the American presidency), is truly nutty and a whackjob!"

And the person that put this guy on the list isn't a nut job?
11:06 November 30, 2011 by vancer
The list is about as much point as a "100 most attractive women" or "100 best holiday destinations"

surely intelligent people will make up there own minds on who they believe is a great thinker basd on their own values and perceptions.

Some arbitrary list of what some people think is just garbage.

Unless of course you need to be told what to think...
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