Miriam Pierard, Internet Party speaks the language of youth

Article – Daphne Lawless Miriam Pierard, the 28-year-old Internet Party candidate for Auckland Central, is no stranger to Fightback – a very good magazine. She compliments us in particular on our really amazing article explaining our decision to support the Internet … Miriam Pierard of the Internet Party: “Speaking the language of youth” by Daphne Lawless August 4, 2014 http://fightback.org.nz/2014/08/01/miriam-pierard-of-the-internet-party-speaking-the-language-of-youth/ Miriam Pierard, the 28-year-old Internet Party candidate for Auckland Central, is no stranger to Fightback – “a very good magazine”. She compliments us in particular on our “really amazing article” explaining our decision to support the Internet Party-MANA Movement alliance, and she attended our “Capitalism: Not Our Future” conference last Queen’s Birthday in Wellington. After qualifying as a teacher, Miriam backpacked around the world in 2013. “Thinking that I might want to get into politics, I wanted to see how the rest of the world worked.” In the process, she experienced places like Iceland and Bolivia where local popular movements have rejected business-as-usual neoliberal politics and created space for alternatives. In Iceland she met with Jón Gnarr, comedian and former mayor of the capital Reykjavik, who led a populist electoral challenge which unseated the conservative local council. “He stood up and said, our political system doesn’t work, let’s bring something new in…. they got overwhelming support because they brought humour into politics, made it fun again – and they...

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