By TonyStiles.com co-editor and writer Jordan “The Slavic Libertarian” Marinovich

“People are starting to realise that the whole system is corrupt, not just a few politicians. They don‘t trust it at all. I think they appreciate it when someone points this out.” – Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson

In a month and a half, the Pirate Party of Iceland has ascended in the polls, from second place to gaining a majority. In mid-march, the national poll showed the Pirate Party with 22% of the vote. As of May 1st, they hold a solid majority of over 30%, with the two traditionally ruling parties, Independence and Progressive, polling 23% and 10% respectively.

With parliamentary elections right around the corner, the last minute surge is an unprecedented gain for the Pirate Party, considering they struggled to gain seats in 2013, eventually capturing three seats out of a possible 63.

What is the Pirate Party and how can their surge in popularity be explained? First, we must take a short history lesson.

In 2010, the tiny nation of under 400,000 citizens, gripped by the bigger European banking crisis, protested in mass. Citizens forced members of parliament to leave and they never came back. With crony politicians out of the way, Iceland investigated, charged, convicted and jailed bankers in 2013 for their part in signing the nation onto the fraudulent debts.

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