### Why Pirate Party?

• No one asked us how we think this world should be
• So we are remaking this world the way we think it should be
• Based on equality, democracy and transparency

Version 1.0 Draft 4 (Tue Jan 22 09:39:52 PST 2013)

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### Fix what is broken

• Peer-to-Peer vs hierarchical society
• Direct democracy vs Plutocracy

### Constitution

• Article 1: Basic Principles
• Article 2: Rights
• Article 3: Membership

### Article 1: Basic Principles

• Section 1: All humans are equal
• Section 2: We should cooperate with each other
• Section 3: Every one has a right to food, housing, education, healthcare and privacy
• Section 4: Knowledge should be free
• Section 5: We promote transparent government
• Section 6: We are opposed to the use of violence to achieve political aims. We will not, in any manner, promote or instigate or participate in violence. AND WE MEAN IT. However, we see violence as distinct from the issue it supports or opposes. The violence must be prosecuted through prevailing laws, and the issue must be evaluated through debate on its own merit.

### Article 2: Rights

• Section 1: Anyone supporting our basic principle can be an associate member
• Section 2: An associate member can apply for full membership after 6 months of working with the party
• Section 3: An associate member should demonstrate their commitment to the basic principles in their work -- through blogs, their social networks, by organzing events etc
• Section 4: They need support from at least two members

### Article 2: Rights

• Section 5: Working groups on specific issues
• Section 6: Working groups can propose policies and based on voting policy is decided
• Section 7: Policies are not binding to members and they have to promote only policies they agree with
• Section 8: Every member has a right to dissent and fork
• Section 9: Can campaign against party policy
• Section 10: Can fork and use Pirate Party name if they accept basic principles (add differentiating part)

### Article 3: Membership

• Section 1: Associate member

• Sub-Section 1: Any one can apply to be an associate member if
• they agree with our basic principles and constitution
• they apply for associate membership
• Sub-Section 2: Associate members may apply for full membership after 6 months.

### Article 3: Membership

• Section 2: Initial Member

• Subsection 1: Membership with 6 months validity only. Used for bootstrapping.
• Subsection 2: Initial members have voting rights.
• Subsection 3: Initial members may apply for full membership after 6 months.
• Subsection 4: Intial members will be evaluated in the same way as associate members (See Section 3 and 4 of Article 2)

### Article 3: Membership

• Section 3: Permanent Member (Full Member)

• Subsection 1: An associate or initial member can apply to be a permanent member after demonstrating their commitment to this constitution in their work.
• Subsection 2: Criteria for full membership is given in Article 2: Rights, Section 2, 3, 4.
• Subsection 3: Permanent members have voting rights.

### Goals

• At the minimum we would like the ideas of peer-to-peer, direct democratic organization to spread in our society
• We would like to engage with more young and educated citizens and bring positive change with their involvement

### Appendix 1: Glossary

• Advocate: when some one advocates, they indicate they support an application. ie, they have worked with the person or know that person.

• Violence: Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against a person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation. This definition associates intentionality with the committing of the act itself, irrespective of the outcome it produces.

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### Change Log

1. Clarify eligibility for permanent membership.
1. Position on violence added. We oppose violence.

3. Added slide show navigation info. It was confusing to some users.