Most of you have probably heard of an ongoing peaceful revolution in Iceland, but what’s really transpired? Lots of infographics have been floating around social media and the internet, announcing that the Icelandic people have actually hired bounty hunters in order to track down and arrest their country’s corrupt bankers. That’s awesome, but let’s a closer look at what all has taken place in Iceland over the last several years.
Even amongst the alternative media, there is little said about what’s happened in Iceland, considering that they’ve more or less laid out a blueprint of what should be done in large swaths of the rest of the world. The mainstream media’s been, not surprisingly, completely silent on the topic.
In 2008, much like the situation in the United States during that same period, the banks of Iceland became bankrupt. Here in the States, and even with some opposition, we bailed the banks out. The Icelandic people… They took to the streets with pots and pans, in what would become known as the “Pots and Pans Revolution.” Actually arresting many of the bankers they found responsible for the economic collapse, the people of Iceland also refused any form of taxation that would have bailed them out. If that weren’t enough, citizens also forced the resignation of not only the Prime Minister, but the effective government.
Still finding themselves in a less-than-ideal economic situation in 2010, their old constitution was done away with, and an assembly was elected to draft a new one. Chosen from a pool of 522 candidates, the only qualifications for which were adulthood and the support of at least 30 people, 25 citizens were tasked with drawing up a new constitution. This constitution would be better representative of the people, taking recommendations from assemblies across the country, and would aim to prevent further corruption and wealth-exctraction.
In addition, and in case you had any doubts, the Icelandic people did in fact hire a bounty hunter to help track down their corrupt bankers. Olafur Hauksson, a former police lieutenant, is at the head of a posse of 100 researchers whose assignment it is to track down those who are found responsible.
The situation in Iceland is ongoing, but the fact that mainstream media has up until this point remained mum should speak for itself. Being that about 90% of the mainstream media is owned by only 6 companies, it doesn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination to think that these corporate interests simply don’t want the general public to be taking any cues from the Icelandic people.
Taking cues from the citizens of Iceland, though, is probably exactly what we should be doing. This revolution wasn’t bought with blood, it was peaceful, and seemingly effective. Whether on account of the overarching lackadaisical attitude, or being convinced that the people don’t have such power, I think most people don’t see this type of thing as an option yet. But we’re getting there, and the Global Awakening we talk about so much here at Vibin’ Higher is indeed happening. Iceland gives us hope, and a framework or blueprint to work from, we only need to begin using it.