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 than dreaming about one day getting
the party started, so to speak.
A. There was an article in New
magazine 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 to American-led military
actions, Iraq and Afghanistan have become recruitment and training
grounds for a new generation of jihadists. It's like throwing stones
at a hornet's nest ... really, really stupid.
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 a satellite view to work out where you are and where
to go. That's what a Purple Party needs to do.
So, finally, 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 … and 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 the fun!
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.
my favorite color. Orange is cool, too. So's green. And so's sky
blue and lemon yellow ...
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, clothes, three meals a day and incredible luxuries,
like Internet access and a good education. A dreamer, who really
believes a new international political movement can take shape on
the Internet and spread into the real world.
I'm still suspicious. Tell me more about what's behind this Purple
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.
A. That's up to you. Why not have your say in the Forum?
Or visit the Purple Party at MySpace?
an 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 Purple Party is going to be and do, people can
start 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?