More Bizarre Political Parties
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.
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!
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 They believe the current laws on these subjects are outdated and should be changed, but the scurvy scalawags in Congress aren’t doing anything about it!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.
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.
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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