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Re: <nettime> Internet for Democracy. Shut down the Euro Parliament. Now
Richard de Boer on Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:41:40 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> Internet for Democracy. Shut down the Euro Parliament. Now!


NotWorking Youth declaimed:

> With this petition, we are demanding the European Parliament:
>
>     * Desists, with immediate effect, from all its activities.
> We don't want to continue paying the bill of an expensive and
> bureaucratic machine for something we can do better ourselves from
> the comfort of our armchairs.
>

So, instead of demanding immediate termination of intransparant
institutions like the European Council of Ministers, the European
Commission or one of its Directorates-Generale, some shady backdoor
lobby or working group, the armchair anarcho-activists focus their
anger on one of the very few democratic control mechanisms we have on
a European level.

Interesting contrast #1. Representational democracy is declared
dead for the umpteenth time while the European Parliament today
demonstrated what it can mean for the internet by massively
voting against the secretive anti-piracy treaty known as ACTA:
http://bit.ly/9M1ABK

Interesting contrast #2: Some 2,500 people support the demand
to shut down the EP, while some 1,266,000 people support the
demand to shut down only the Strasbourg location of the EP:
http://www.europafederalisterna.se/oneseat/

But then again, as oligarchs would say, who cares for majorities when
representational democracy is dead anyway.

Cheers
Richard






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