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Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand 133

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judgecorp (778838) writes "Fugitive entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has launched a political party in New Zealand although he himself cannot stand for election. Dotcom, founder of Megaupload is a German national, not a New Zealand citizen. He is also on bail pending extradition to the US over claims that his Megaupload site infringed copyright. The Internet Party manifesto promises net neutrality, privacy, and faster broadband. Meanwhile, his new venture Mega is now worth NZ$210 million (£108m) thanks to a reverse takeover. He has also had to assure the New Zealand media that owning a signed copy of Mein Kampf doesn't mean he is a Nazi."
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Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand

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  • Nazi? Maybe not. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) <taiki@cWELTYox.net minus author> on Friday March 28, 2014 @12:56AM (#46600011)

    I don't think that he is a Nazi, or sympathetic, that's really hard to prove with out direct statements. Given his involvement lately with authority figures,

    However, I do think he's pretty fuckin' tone deaf, and an asshole to boot. Arms dealing, legal and legitimate arms dealing, is an incredibly profitable business. Still not something I'd suggest to any of my friends nor do my self out of a sense of ethics.

    If he can't figure out the taboo behind why that book is socially unacceptable and why he shouldn't have invested in it in the first place, then he's a fucking asshole. Plain and simple.

  • Re:still (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Trax3001BBS (2368736) on Friday March 28, 2014 @01:23AM (#46600101) Homepage Journal

    He has also had to assure the New Zealand media that owning a signed copy of Mein Kampf doesn't mean he is a Nazi."

    Still, that is kind of weird. It doesn't mean he's a Nazi or even racist, but why exactly would someone want that? Of all the interesting artifacts I could buy if I were rich, that wouldn't be one of them.

    No, it means nothing about him. Signed by Hitler? I'd like to have it myself just for it's "check this out" value.

    ~ and you wondered why the Libraries were fighting part of the Terrorist Act that required them to keep a list of books you have checked out or shown an interest in.
    They lost, but gave it a good try.

  • Makes sense to me (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Trax3001BBS (2368736) on Friday March 28, 2014 @01:26AM (#46600107) Homepage Journal

    If the system is out to get you, become part of the system.

  • Re:What? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by boundary (1226600) on Friday March 28, 2014 @01:37AM (#46600147)
    Something appearing in the New Zealand media usually means it's trivial, or some rugby happened. Don't read too much into it.
  • by jonwil (467024) on Friday March 28, 2014 @03:01AM (#46600401)

    He should promise to get the influence of the United States of America and the big US media companies OUT of NZ politics.

    I don't know what its like in NZ but there are plenty here in Oz that dont like the influence of the USA in this part of the world (myself included) and I would certainly vote for a politician who promised to do what I suggested above.

  • Re:still (Score:4, Insightful)

    by phantomfive (622387) on Friday March 28, 2014 @03:22AM (#46600453) Journal
    Yeah that's kind of weird. Maybe it's his way of rebelling since that kind of thing is illegal in his native Germany.
  • Re:still (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Mashiki (184564) <mashiki AT gmail DOT com> on Friday March 28, 2014 @04:32AM (#46600655) Homepage

    Because it makes him look interesting. Makes you curious about him. I am sure it is valuable too.

    Meh. I'm a collector of books. My collection contains titles that would be considered "racist and controversial" by today's liberals, because they don't fit with their views of the world. And I'm sure that some of the books others either own or have read that were printed in the 19th century would also let them fall into that fine "racist" category anyway. Especially the works of Mark Twain, Stanley, and Jules Verne.

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