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More Bizarre Political Parties

Updated on October 13, 2014
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Pirate symbol | Source

Here is a follow-up to my last list, detailing parties that are even weirder, smaller, and more obscure than the ones on my first list. Some of these can barely be described as political parties, but the sheer magnitude of their strangeness makes them notable. They are in alphabetical order.

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Peace symbol | Source
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Wiccan symbol | Source

US Pacifist Party

This party is completely against military action of any kind. Its website describes money allocated to the military as “a tragic waste”. They advocate abolishing the U.S. military and the de-activation of all nuclear weapons.

The party's founder is peace activist Bradford Lyttle. He has been nominated as their presidential candidate and run four times. In 2008, he managed to achieve ballot status in one state, Colorado. For what it's worth, he won more votes than the Prohibition Party's candidate.

Pansexual Peace Party

This tiny party wins the award for having the most creative name on this list. The PPP advocates for the legalization of all drugs and the abolishment of interest rates, among many other things. It appears to have a connection to the Wiccan religion. These folks exist mostly as a website. They do not appear to have actually run anyone for office. I doubt this is really intended to be a serious political party, but kudos to whoever came up with that name!

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Pirate drawing | Source

Pirate Party

Ahhrrrr! Ahoy matey! This party is mainly concerned with laws regarding internet file sharing and surveillance. They believe the current laws on these subjects are outdated and should be changed, but the scurvy scalawags in Congress aren’t doing anything about it! The Pirate Party avoids taking positions on most other political issues, making them essentially a single-issue party. The party’s top two leaders are referred to as “the captain” and the “first mate”. They are far more organized than most of the other parties on this list and have chapters in many states.

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New Age dolphin/rainbow | Source

The Light Party

This is a “New Age” party similar to the Natural Law party from my first list, with the usual emphasis on organic food, holistic medicine, etc. The party’s leader is named “Da Vid”. He has run for president several times. Their website contains articles about the Mayan calendar, the evils of drinking Diet Coke, and countless other things.

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Yippie symbol | Source

Youth International Party

Nicknamed “yippies”, this group was a spin off from the countercultural movements of the 1960’s. It was known for its satirical sense of humor. They were notorious for pulling pranks and for nominating a pig,”Pigasus”, for president in the 1968 election. The group became very controversial when they were accused of deliberately inciting riots. They mostly faded away after the early ‘70s.


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    • nanderson500 profile image

      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! Yep, lots of weird political parties out there.

    • Michele Travis profile image

      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Very interesting hub. Had never even thought about that. Loved the list. Voted Up!

    • Steve Orion profile image

      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Interesting, indeed! It's nice to see people participating in their country's political process and whatnot, but "New Age" medicine? Eliminating the existence of the U.S. military? Sometimes a small third party can hold an idea or two that has more validity than both the usual Democratic and Republican platform, but not here! Lol

      An interesting list, though. Thanks and rated up!

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yeah, I'm sure they will be mentioned if I do a third one. There are so many to choose from!

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      Volitans 5 years ago from Seattle

      What about the "Rent is Too Damn High" party? Granted, they're a New York-only party at the moment, but definitely a bizarre party if ever there was one.