By Edmond Y. Azadian
Armenian political parties are the most maligned organizations in our society, although they have borne the heaviest share of sacrifices in recent history. Perhaps the main reason is that Armenians, being individualists, don’t want to fit in ideological straightjackets or organized disciplinary structures for the common good. As we blame the world around us for our failures and misfortunes, we seldom step back to figure out our own responsibilities.
Armenian political parties were founded during the Ottoman period with the patriotic goal of liberating our people from a tyrannical rule.
Each party had an ideology and a road map towards the realization of its goals.
The Armenagan party, which was the precursor of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Organization (ADL), was for secret preparation of self-defense, and it proved the veracity of its political strategy twice during the two battles of Van (1896 and 1915), where it was born.
The Social Democratic Hunchak party had an international calling and its credo was based on socialism.