Politicising Piracy - Making an Unconditional Demand
Pirate Care is a transnational project connecting activists, scholars, and practitioners working on the collective practices of care that are emerging in response to the current ‘crisis of care’: welfare cuts, rollback of reproductive rights, austerity, and criminalisation of migration and solidarity. These initiatives are experimenting with forms of self-organisation, alternative approaches to social reproduction, and the commoning of tools. They share a willingness to openly disobey laws and executive orders, whenever these stand in the way of safety and solidarity, and politicise that disobedience to contest the status quo.
Pirate Care specifically aims to activate collective learning processes from the situated knowledge of these practices. To that end, a collective syllabus was initiated, the first part of which was written in November of 2019. The syllabus, an expanding work-in-progress, currently includes topics covering criminalisation of solidarity, sea rescue helping migrants survive, housing struggles, commoning care-work and child care, psychosocial autonomy, community safety from racialising policing, transfeminist hacking, hormone toxicity and bodily sovereignty, gender equality in tech milieus, and politicising digital piracy.
The syllabus is available at syllabus.pirate.care.
What follows is the introduction to the topic ‘Politicising Piracy’, looking at the practices of digital and pre-digital piracy in the realm of culture and knowledge, and political disobedience articulated in those practices.