In the NYT's article, Graduates at New School Heckle Speech by McCain
, this sentence struck me:
Like many of her classmates, she wore an orange armband to protest Mr. McCain's presence.
Also, "students and faculty members waved orange fliers" saying "McCain does not speak for me".
They too? What is it with orange these days? Is orange the new red?
By far the clearest claim to political fame of the colour orange, in recent times, is of course the "Orange revolution" in the Ukraine.
Students and protesting citizens camped out for weeks in the biting winter cold of Kiev to oust President Kuchma's corrupt government. They wore orange and waved orange flags - the end result, no doubt, of a very successful strategy meeting of the opposition somewhere down the road. They must have realised that the Ukrainian flag itself, used in previous protests, was a polarising and dividing symbol in a country that's demographically divided between a fiercely nationalist West and a Russian or Russified East.
So instead, there was orange, and it was a hit.
Since then, it's orange here and orange there. Orange seems almost as endemic as the face of Che Guevara.
In the former Soviet Union, Russians are now complaining about so-called "color revolutions" sweeping its "near abroad".
In Germany, the new trade-unionist opposition party that emerged two or three years ago in protest against Chancellor's Schroeder's labour market reforms, the Electoral Alternative Labour and Social Justice (now part of the Left Party), brandished orange too - rather than risking the red flag of, well, a red flag.
In Holland, when the main trade union FNV in 2004 swiftly mobilised the largest popular demonstration in over two decades in response to the government's proposed cuts in early retirement, it ditched its traditional red in favour of a new, fresh orange as well.
In Hungary, the populist-conservative oppositional Fidesz party tweaked its traditional orange/blue logos and opted, in this year's elections, to campaign with purely orange. Their trademark orange circle appeared - often without any words, as a stand-alone symbol - all over the country.
And now America.
As a Dutchman, subject of the royal "House of Orange", I can only be appreciative of this belated embrace of our national colour, of course. But what is up
Fascinating, really: the emergence globalised political fashion trends?
Any of you know of other recent instances of political groups or movements adopting the colour orange as some kind of insurrectionist symbol?