A Purple Party!
Are you serious?
A. Yes. Absolutely. The domains PurpleParty.com,
PurpleParty.org and PurpleParty.net were registered many years ago for this
purpose, but the demands of working and personal life came in the way of
doing much other
dreaming about one day getting
the party started, so to speak.
Q. Why now?
A. There was an article in New
in April 2006 about starting a Purple Party. But this guy's ideas weren't very
nice. Or smart. Quote: "We would declare straight out that, alas, the
fight against Islamic jihadism
must be a top-priority, long-term, and ruthless military, diplomatic, and
cultural struggle." See? Same old silly warmongering mindset; deluded
that hearts and minds can be won with guns and bombs. Crazy stuff. If any good
can come out of the Iraq War, surely it's providing a textbook example illustrating
how military force adds fuel to the fire of fundamentalism. Thanks
military actions, Iraq and Afghanistan have become
recruitment and training grounds for a new generation of jihadists. It's like
at a hornet's
The article also suggested this "Purple Party" would take a middle
path between Republicans and Democrats. What's the point of that? Maybe more
like Dumb and Dumber than Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee but both
parties are going the wrong way, so you'd end up just as lost. Better to take
to work out where you are and where to go. That's what a Purple
Party needs to do.
a start has been made. Rather than wait forever to get it right before putting
up a stunning site, this amateur attempt you see now has been uploaded
to discover how people react. So bookmark PurpleParty.com
visit every now and again. There'll be more here soon. Promise.
Meanwhile, if you're excited by the idea of a Purple Party, then join
Why the name "Purple Party"?
A. Why not? It has to be called something. And it has to be
entirely separate from all the worn-out baggage of the countless failed
philosophies and political
ideologies of the past. And purple is a pretty color. Friendly. Exciting. It's
my favorite color. Orange is cool, too. So's green. And so's sky blue and lemon
Q. Who's behind this?
A. Just a guy. One among more than six billion people living
on this planet. One of the privileged minority like you, with a roof overhead,
three meals a day and incredible luxuries, like Internet access and
education. A dreamer, who really believes a new international political
movement can take shape on the Internet and spread into the real world.
still suspicious. Tell me more about what's behind this Purple Party
A. Really, just one guy and friends who thought
this idea may have merit. The rest doesn't matter. It's about
what people do with this starting
Won't the "Purple Party" start off with high ideals but turn
bad, like every other political movement?
A. Maybe. Let's hope not. Well-intentioned people who get involved in politics
make a huge sacrifice. Like kind souls working among people with
contagious diseases, there's the risk of becoming infected.
Knowing when to get out and let others take over may
be the answer.
Q. What next?
A. That's up to you. Why not have your say in the Forum?
Or visit the Purple Party at MySpace? Or send
email to firstname.lastname@example.org and
state at the top whether your comments and name are for publication.
Useful contributions will be compiled and posted on the "About" page.
Once there are enough people with roughly similar ideas about what the
and do, people
up local branches around the world of the Purple
Party preferably by holding awesome purple-themed parties and
getting their friends involved. Paperwork, policies, candidates, fund-raising
parties and more purple paraphernalia than you can poke a stick at ...
oh, joy. Hands up who wants to play?