In the olden days of politics, around elections, people got together. They discussed things–word of mouth. They met in pubs and beer halls. They drank. They got rowdy. They yelled. They made their points. Then they went to the polling place in mass. These were the first political parties.

Some saw the power in that community group–in the “party.” They wanted to control it. They wanted to influence it. To influence it, they went to the people. They dealt with them. They asked what they wanted. And they gave it to them–in order to get that vote.

There were others who didn’t like the people getting what they wanted, because it meant less for them. Those who already had power and property didn’t like these “others,” the unruly having power. So, they started calling people names. They called them animals. They were “hot-headed.” It was their “emotions” that made them outsiders. Those in power said, these people, because of this character of wanting pie, didn’t deserve pie.

So, they devised ways of holding power that stepped away from the unruly masses, from this “democracy.” Democracy was a ridiculous idea, after all. The people didn’t know themselves what was good for them.

The people still wanted things, and the powers-that-be realized that they didn’t have to give the people anything at all. They only had to give the people other people who wanted to take away what they already had. The fear of having less was as good as giving more.

They began selling the “people” ideas–a steady diet of ideas about other people and about what they should want, a fantasy world that allowed the “me-firsters” to take and take, and all the time, behind the scenes, “for everyone’s good” they were using their status, layer upon layer, to create their fortress, one that fortified itself over and over.  This became their habit, and their “culture.”  To retain this machine, the status quo, was the only aim.

VISON NOT DIVISION

Bike Party recognizes that we have a diverse community of like minded people all over the world, but that we are also not fundamentally different from anyone who wants to go from A to B while enjoying the ride. We understand that people, everywhere, are drawn toward communities and want mobility and independence. We are committed to a vision that fulfills and satisfies everyone, not division.

BALANCE AND MOTION

We love not the bicycle itself, but it’s simplicity and common sense, the freedom, individual expression, and independence the bicycle represents. And of course we love that feeling we know, the euphoria of being our own engine, as we pedal happily into our own destiny.

PARTY!

Bike-party seeks to form communities in cities and towns throughout the world in which our common-sense values might be expressed and heard. That’s bike-party, putting the party back in politics.

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