The leader of Iceland’s Pirate Party, Birgitta Jonsdottir, wrote an article earlier this year explaining the party’s orientation.
I hope people trust us because we don’t take power seriously and have created a political platform where we work according to the circle of power instead of the pyramid of power. We don’t have leaders, we rotate responsibility and try to select the most qualified person to take on each task. We have a digital voting system where any registered member can put forward a Pirate Party policy to be voting for or against among his Pirate peers.
Arthur: Please, please, good people, I am in haste! WHO lives in that
Woman: No one lives there.
Arthur: Then who is your lord?
Woman: We don’t have a lord!
Arthur: (spurised) What??
Man: I told you! We’re an anarcho-syndicalist commune! We’re taking
turns to act as a sort of executive-officer-for-the-week–
Arthur: (uninterested) Yes…
Man: But all the decisions of that officer 'ave to be ratified at a
special bi-weekly meeting–
Arthur: (perturbed) Yes I see!
Man: By a simple majority, in the case of purely internal affairs–
Arthur: (mad) Be quiet!
Man: But by a two-thirds majority, in the case of more major–
Then again, perhaps when Ms. Jonsdottir refers to “his Pirate peers” perhaps she is using the word “peer” not to refer to colleagues, but to refer to nobility. To be a Pirate Lord, wouldn’t that be something? Why, the only thing better would to be a Pirate King, which I hear is a glorious thing. :o