Something is happening here but you don’t know what it is do you, Mr. Jones? -Bob Dylan

Germany’s political establishment doesn’t know how to react to the Pirate Party, which now has seats in two state parliaments and owns the debate on Internet issues…..

After all, one of the goals of the Pirate Party is to distance itself from the usual political rituals. While conventional politicians usually do little more than simulate participation through dialogue with citizens, the Pirates promise more around-the-clock participation in the political decision-making process.

Digital channels like Twitter, or the Liquid Feedback voting software which is closely associated with the Pirate Party, provide the party with a high potential for mobilizing people. This makes it so attractive for like-minded people — and so unpredictable for the established parties.

The entire article in Spiegel Online is well worth a read. The Pirate Party seemed to come from nowhere. It rose quickly. It caught the establishment off guard. It brushed aside the old anti-establishment party as well. And they even gained a voice in legislatures. They are not being co-opted by parties in either existing political wing because frankly, the people in those parties do not fully comprehend their concerns. But their concerns are central to the way our world will operate in the very near future. Their concerns are how some form of democracy can function in that world.

Change is happening. Maybe we can only recognize a full blown seismic shift with a bit of hindsight but my intuition tells me that we may already be there. Just like the older crowd at (Mad Men reference here) Don Draper’s 40th birthday party standing around with martinis and looking a bit perplexed as the 60’s began to opened into full bloom, something was happening but they just didn’t understand what it was did they, Mr. Jones?