As proceedings begin against Iceland’s former Prime Minister, Geir Haarde, for the banking crisis of 2008, at least two thousand Icelanders took to the streets in two days of protest this weekend. Iceland joins over a dozen other nations protesting economic measures taken out on the public while banks and large corporations receive bailouts. Class war is on, and it’s gone global.
TODAYS ICELAND IS A TRUE AND FREE DEMORACY WITH NO DEBT AND NO NEED FOR AUSTERITY MEASURES.ITS PEOPLE RUN THE COUNTRY.THEY ARE A SHINING EXAMPLE TO US ALL.
TODAYS BRITAIN IS A POLICE STATE DICTATORSHIP. THE MSM IS RUN BY THE SECURITY SERVICES AND FOREIGN INTERESTS. OUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES ARE JUST ELECTED DICTATORS AND TRAITORS. THEY GOVERN BY DIVIDE AND RULE POLICIES THAT CREATE CIVIL UNREST ,THAT THEY FEED ON!! THESE TRAITORS NOW BLAME IMMIGRANTS ,YOUTHS AND ANARCHISTS FOR PUBLIC UNREST. MEANWHILE SWITZERLAND WHICH HAS 20% IMMIGRATION ,AND ANARCHIST DIRECT DEMOCRACY STYLE GOVERNMENT AND ITS YOUTH POPULATION ALL HAVE GUNS , THEY ARE IN EFFECT THE SWISS ARMY!!! SWITZERLAND HAS THE LEAST CRIME AND CORRUPTION AND THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF LIVING…SO OBVIOUSLY IMMIGRATION ,ANARCHISM AND YOUTHS ARE NOT THE REAL PROBLEM!!!…SO WHAT ARE THE REAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SWITZERLAND ,ICELAND AND BRITAIN?
DIRECT DEMOCRACY AKA TRUE DEMOCRACY AND RESPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY AKA ELECTED DICTATORSHIP.
IN ICELAND THESE DISTURBANCES/RIOTS/PROTESTS LED TO THE POLITIONS BEING THROWN OUT AND ARRESTED ALONG WITH THE BANKERS AND A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT AND CONSTITUTION!! DIRECT DEMOCRACY WAS INSTALLED. GANGS ,ANARCHISTS OR YOUTHS WHERE NOT BLAMED,POLITIONS WHERE BLAMED AND REMOVED FROM POWER!!
THINGS HAVE REALLY IMPROVED FOR ICELAND. WHILE FOR REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACYS WITH THIER CORRUPT POLITICAL DICTATORS AND FRAUDULENT BANKERS ARE FACING UNTOLD YEARS OF MISERY ,DEBT SLAVERY AND A LOST GENERATION!!!
THE PROOF IS OBVIOUS
In just three years, Iceland went from collapse to revolution and back to growth. What can Spain and Greece learn from the Icelandic experience and its embrace of direct democracy?
Just two or three years after its economy and government collapsed, Iceland is bouncing back with remarkable strength. This week, the small island nation earned praise from foreign investors despite allowing its banks to collapse and refusing to pay back some of its debt — belying the dominant idea among Europe’s ruling class that bank failures and defaults necessarily engender disastrous economic consequences.
Now, in an historically unprecedented move, the government has decided to draft a new constitution with the online input of its citizens — essentially crowdsourcing the creation of Iceland’s real democracy. Rather than just involving voters at the end of the process through a referendum, the Icelanders have an opportunity, through social media, to be directly involved in the writing process. It’s the ultimate affirmation of participatory democracy. It’s Democracy 2.0.
How did Iceland get from there to here? And what are the lessons for Europe’s troubled periphery?
Quietly, as the world was busy watching the inauguration of President Obama, the people of Iceland overthrew their government and demanded a referendum on the country’s debt.
HE WHO LAUGHS LAST LAUGHS LONGEST
THE SILENCE FROM THE MSM PRESSTITUTES IS DEAFENING. WHO IS LAUGHING AT ICELAND NOW?
TODAY OUR DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVES ARE TELLING US WE NEED AUSTERITY MEASURES.OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE LIARS OR JUST VERY BADLY INFORMED
EITHER WAY UNFIT FOR OFFICE AND NEED TO BE REMOVED
IN REALITY WE NEED TO ARREST THE GUILTY BANKERS AND POLITIONS AND INSTALL A DIRECT DEMOCRACY
REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENTS START ILLEGAL WARS
REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENTS CREATE MASSIVE DEBTS
REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENTS LIE TO THIER PEOPLE ,BECAUSE THEY CAN
REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENTS BEAT THIER PEOPLE IF THEY PROTEST , AND THEN BLAME THE PEOPLE
REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENTS PROTECT THE GUILTY AND BEAT THE INNOCENT
IT IS JUST AN ELECTED DICTATORSHIP POSING AS DEMOCRACY ..IN A REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY
THE PEOPLE FIGHT THE ILLEGAL WARS
THE PEOPLE PAY FOR THE ILLEGAL WARS
THE PEOPLE GET LIED TOO
THE PEOPLE GET HANDED THE GOVERNMENTS DEBT
THE PEOPLE GET BEATEN WHEN THEY TRY TO PROTEST
THE PEOPLE GET EXCUSES INSTEAD OF JUSTICE
TOMORROW WE WOULD BE DEBT FREE , ILLEGAL WAR FREE AND NO NEED FOR AUSTERITY MEASURES.
BUT INSTEAD THANKS TO OUR ELECTED DICTATORS WE HAVE A POLICE STATE AND FOREIGN POLICE ON OUR STREETS WITH POWERS TO BEAT THE LOCALS
WE FACE CRUSHING DEBTS ,THAT WE DID NOT MAKE
MEANWHILE IN ICELAND ,THE ICELANDICS ONLY HAVE TO FACE MAKING THIER OWN NEW ONLINE CONSTITUTION!!!
Iceland’s constitutional revolution
The Council has been working on the new constitution for two months and has been attracting some positive attention due to the openness and inclusiveness of its workings, and its use of new media to include the general public.
Here is a short history of the project, including details of the work of the Constitutional Committee and the National Forum 2010 (a 1000-strong public consultation), which laid the groundwork for the Constitutional Council. See in particular the final section, “The public’s participation in the work process”, it’s impressive. Here is the chairwoman of the Constitutional Committee discussing the process in April, when the Council had just begun its work, and here is the Facebook page on which people can leave their comments and suggestions both on the process and the content of the new constitution itself.
It’s a pioneering experiment that must be admired. It may form the blueprint for future projects in other nations. This kind of national participation is certainly facilitated by Iceland’s small population (about 300,000), but that only serves to demonstrate the merits of devolving power to regional or local levels, so that even in much more populous countries these kinds of experiments can be tried on smaller test groups. Besides, social media make the world seem very small and manageable. Direct democracy isn’t just for Iceland.
PEOPLE POWER SAVES ICELAND ,WHILE RESPRESENATIVE DEMOCRACY CONDEMS EUROPE
In the referendum, the Icelanders decided not to repay foreign creditors — Great Britain and the Netherlands — who had so foolishly deposited their savings in one of the world’s most over-leveraged banks, Icesave. The outcome of the vote (93 percent against repayment) was a watershed in the epic battle between people power and foreign financial interests.
THIS JUST PROVES OUR DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE ARE TRAITORS ,THAT REPRESENT THE ELITE AND NOT THE PEOPLE,THEY ARE ELECTED DICTATORS
FINANCIAL INDUSTRY THE BRIGHTEST AND THE BEST? OR THE GREEDIST AND THE CORRUPT?
Yet what’s really interesting about the Icelandic case is not just the referendum, but the fact that the consequences of the outcome were far from being as disastrous as Europe’s self-proclaimed economic ‘experts’ had predicted. In fact, within just two years of the collapse of its government, Iceland is bouncing back rapidly, and is actually being rewarded for it by foreign investors. As the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday:
Iceland’s first international bond offering since its spectacular economic and banking collapse late in 2008 has been snapped up by investors. The five-year $1 billion deal, yielding just under 5%, is a milestone in rebuilding confidence internationally and follows a turnaround in the economy, forecast to grow 2.25% this year.
THE GLOBAL REVOLUTION IS FOR DIRECT DEMOCRACY ,BUT DID THE MSM PRESSTITUTES TELLS YOU THIS?..OF COURSE NOT !! IN REALITY IF BRITAIN WAS A DIRECT DEMOCRACY MOST OF OUR POLITIONS WOULD BE IN JAIL!!!!
So it’s no surprise that Iceland became a rallying point for the ‘indignados‘ in Spain during the mass protests that broke out there last month. Spanish demonstrators could be seen carrying placards reading “Iceland is my goal” and “I think of Iceland.” The Icelandic model has also come to inspire the indignant protest movement in Greece, which is rapidly picking up steam. So what are Iceland’s main lessons for Europe’s troubled periphery?
Instead of socializing the losses of the banks, making ordinary people pay for a crisis they never caused, the Icelandic model forced the bankers to pay for their own stupidity. During the Icelandic crisis, all three of the country’s largest banks collapsed. The government didn’t save them.
Secondly, Iceland actually went after those responsible — both to enact justice and to set a precedent that this type of reckless speculation on the livelihoods of real people will simply not be tolerated in the future. Key figures in the banking sector have been arrested and a former prime minister has been formally charged.
IN A REPRESENATIVE DEMOCRACY AKA ELECTED DICTATORSHIP ,WE CANNOT ARREST OUR PRIME MINISTER EVEN WHEN WE KNOW HE IS A WAR CRIMINAL AND A PROTECTOR OF PAEDOPHILES!!
Thirdly, Iceland did what no one is supposed to be doing according to neoliberal dogma: just like Malaysia did — to the dismay of the IMF — during the East-Asian crisis of 1997-’98, the Icelandic government instituted capital controls to stem the outflow of hot money from the country in the wake of its banking collapse. The EU should have done the same!
As a result, the Icelandic people are now slowly but surely beginning to recover from the worst ever economic collapse of any country during peacetime. By contrast, countries like Greece, Spain, Ireland and Portugal are still struggling — and likely to remain mired in deep recession, if not outright depression, for years to come.
Untold suffering and hardship will fall on millions of people as the ECB, IMF and Germany continue to expect full repayment while imposing draconian (and ultimately counterproductive) austerity measures. A lost generation will flee these countries in a desperate search for opportunity. Countless lives, businesses, families and dreams will be destroyed. And for what? A handful of bankers who refuse to take a haircut?
What Iceland teaches us is that it need not be that way. The Atlantic currents and Arab winds have already reached the European periphery. It’s just a matter of time before the first government on the continent will be toppled by its people. Democracy 2.0 is on its way. No one can stop it now.
MEANWHILE IN THE UK ELECTED DICTATORSHIP THE PROTESTS CONTINUE TO GET WORSE AND THE ELECTED DICTATORS CONTINUE TO BLAME THE PEOPLE! THE ELECTED DICTATORS CONTINUE WITH ILLEGAL WARS , BANKER BAILOUTS AND AUSTERITY MEASURES …AND THERE WILL BE NO VOTE ON THIS AND IF THE PEOPLE TRY TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST THESE MEASURES ,THEY WILL BE BEATEN BY THE STATE BOOT BOYS….NOW WITH SHOOT-TO-KILL POWERS ,BUT DAVID CAMERON AND HIS POLITICAL TRAITORS KEEP TELLING US THIS IS DEMOCRACY
BUT THEY ARE LIARS ,SO WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO HEAR BUT LIES!! WHY ARE WE EVEN STILL LISTENING TO THESE BLOODSOAKED, MEGALOMANIAC ,THIEVES AND LIARS?!?!
DAVID “FAWLTY” CAMERON’S SOLUTION TO THE RIOTS THAT WHERE SPARKED (POSSIBLY DELIBERATELY) BY POLICE SHOOTINGS AND BRUTALITY…GIVE THE POLICE MORE SHOOT-TO-KILL POWERS!?!?!?!AND SHUT DOWN THE FREE PRESS(INTERNET) …IS HE TRYING TO BURN THE NATION DOWN!!!!!!!!!
Ah, I see, it’s the ‘law and order’ posse calling for tougher policing, even importing a NYC cop to bash some heads.
IF YOU FIND FOREGIN POLICE PATROLLING OUR STREETS AND BEATING THE LOCALS…RESIST,TELL HIM TO F*CK OFF ,HE HAS NO JURISDICTION IN THE UK, AND BASH HIS HEAD IF HE TRIES ANYTHING, AS IT WILL BE SELF-DEFENCE!! WAR-VETS IF YOU SEE THESE FOREGIN PEOPLE PULL WEAPONS ON UNARMED LOCALS ,DIS-ARM THEM AND SHOOT THEM WITH IT,IT IS PART OF YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION, DEFENDING UNARMED CITIZENS FROM ARMED FOREIGN INVADERS!!! MAYBE NYC PD WILL THINK TWICE ABOUT PATORLLING LONDON STREETS THEN!!!
Two thousand people arrested and all just to make a point. Courts working around the clock to make an example of anybody who dares challenge the status quo, no matter how chaotic and self-destructive such cries of rage are. History is littered with such spontaneous rebellions, all of which are symptoms of a much deeper malaise but clearly it’s a malaise that the political class do not want to confront, dare not confront, else they would be forced to deal with the conditions that they themselves have created.
But the state, instead of recognizing that the situation was of its own making, has formed a partnership with the MSM and turned on its own citizens as though they are nothing more than animals. Baying for blood, the Tories and their partner-in-crime, the Lib-Dems have enlisted the media in an all-out assault on ‘yobs’ and above all on Gangs. All thinking ceases.
“Irresponsibility. Selfishness. Behaving as if your choices have no consequences. Children without fathers. Schools without discipline. Reward without effort. Crime without punishment. Rights without responsibilities. Communities without control. Some of the worst aspects of human nature tolerated, indulged – sometimes even incentivised – by a state and its agencies that in parts have become literally de-moralised.” — David Cameron in the Guardian, 15 August 2011
It’s the same old ‘high Tory’ vindictive litany directed at the most vulnerable in our society, the forgotten and disenfranchised. There is not single expression of self-doubt as to how a very large section of society could feel so alienated, so desperate that they would destroy their own neighbourhoods. The class divide could not be plainer for all to see.
Public school ‘educated’ Cameron, a wealthy man from a wealthy family; privileged; a member of the elite. How can such a man have any comprehension of what thirty years of Thatcherism has done to vast swathes of our society? Over the past four decades entire communities destroyed with deindustrialisation followed by years of ‘benign neglect’ under both Tory and Labour rule.
How easily the glib phrases roll of the tongues of the elite. “Crime without punishment”? What is the cretin talking about? Our prisons are bursting at the seams with the casualties of capitalism, mostly illiterate, uneducated and unskilled and/or on drugs of some kind, they have been locked away, out of sight, out of mind by a vindictive and vicious society.
“Schools without discipline”? What does this mean? What does any of the drivel Cameron spewed out on cue, really mean? And see how closely it mirrors the BBC list of ’causes’ that I wrote about the other day. The state and the media in total lockstep.
YES JUST ANOTHER CASE OF STATE ,POLICE AND MSM COLLUSION. REMEMBER THSESE WHERE THE PEOPLE FACING TREASON CHARGES LAST WEEK VIA THE NEWS OF THE WORLD ALLEGATIONS. THE RIOTS SEEM VERY CONVENIENTLY TIMED TO DISTRACT US FROM THIS AND TO PUT MORE DRACONIAN POWERS INTO THE HANDS OF THESE VERY TRAITORS!!!
BUT WHO IS THE BIGGER GANG LEADER THUG? A STREET HOODLUM OR DAVID CAMERON?
And who exactly has been “incentivising the worst aspects of human nature”? Why none other than David Cameron as his RAF jets drop bombs and missiles on innocent civilians. Are they not aware of just how big the chasm is between the fantasy of ‘humanitarian intervention’ and the reality of death being rained down on people and what effect such blatant, cold-blooded murder has on people? Apparently not. Instead,
“The prime minister has promised a “concerted, all out war on gangs and gang culture”, in response to the riots and looting across English cities.”
‘Gang culture’. Code word for Black. And the BBC follows up its list of ’causes’ with yet another parade of ‘experts’, this time pontificating on the alleged role of Gangs in the disturbances, with an even more outrageous list of ‘reasons’.
To its credit, the BBC piece does much better with its list of No’s to the above, some of which at least inject a note of sanity into the affair, unlike the rabid nonsense I quoted above.
“In reality, there are few genuine gang members. And “all sorts of people” – teaching assistants, a graphic designer and university students – have been arrested for taking part in the looting.
“Paul Lewis, a Guardian journalist who spent five nights observing the violence, says it’s wrong to try to put the blame on one group. Everyone’s looking for a caricature yet those involved were a cross section of the local community. And each riot he saw from Hackney to Gloucester – had a distinctive character.
“”There were a great number of people swept along. The only generalisation that’s credible is that on the whole they were young and poor,” he says.””
But clearly the intention is to shift the focus onto Gangs as being the instigators of the looting and burning rather than a wider cross-section of the communities involved as it would imply that a lot more is ‘broken’ than those identified by Cameron and echoed faithfully by the media.
WELCOME TO YOUR POLICE STATE UK…
THOSE WHO GIVE UP LIBERTY FOR SECURITY END UP WITH NEITHER!!! DO NOT BELIEVE THE MSM LIES!!
“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
The ‘War on Terror’ morphs into the ‘War on Youth’
The way forward is clear: the uprisings are to be used for an even greater clampdown on our rights (hence the cry that went up to suspend (more) sections of the Europe-wide Human Rights Act)). Here’s our Home sec Theresa May on the subject:
“Police would get stronger powers to enforce gang injunctions and remove face masks, she said.
And ministers are considering new curfew powers – to allow “general curfews” to be imposed on a specific area in England and Wales, rather than being linked to specific individuals, and to allow them to be imposed on more youngsters aged under 16.
“It’s clear to me that as long as we tolerate the kind of anti-social behaviour that takes place every day up and down the country, we will continue to see high levels of crime, a lack of respect for private property and a contempt for community life,” she said.” — ‘Theresa May tells police: We back you on tough tactics’, BBC News 16 August 2011
Note the blanket approach to ‘policing’. Entire areas deemed ‘no go’, to anyone I assume. Any unfortunate kid under the age of sixteen would be a target. But why under sixteen? Why not eighteen, why not ten? Why not all of us? Remember the infamous ASBO’s (Anti-Social Behaviour Orders) worn as a badge of honour by those who were awarded one. Proven totally ineffectual, all they did was alienate the youth even more from ‘authority’ by turning it into a contest between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Brilliant. Only some university-educated twerp could dream up such stuff.
By making Gangs the centre of their propaganda onslaught, they of course, as usual, make race the pivot about which the Big Lie swings.
It just goes to show how out of touch the political class is with the current reality, or any reality for that matter. Do they really believe that there is a conspiracy of youth Gangs out to subvert the existing order? Do they expect us to believe it? Apparently so.
DRACONION ACTIONS THAT WILL JUST FAN THE FLAMES OF CIVIL UNREST.WHILE THE GOVERNMENT DICTATES TO THE JUDICIARY. WHEN IT SHOULD BE THE OTHER WAY ROUND!!
BRITAINS FUTURES LOOKS BLEEK ,THANKS TO OUR POLITICAL DICTATORS BLAMING THE RAPE VICTIM AGAIN, INSTEAD OF DEALING WITH THE REAL ISSUES, LIKE ICELAND HAS DONE !!
British courts are coming down hard on the rioters who spread mayhem last week, but human rights groups say the severe penalties being handed down are an over-reaction and a cynical attempt to curry popularity.
Some offenders and their families are even being made homeless as their punishment, with local governments taking away their houses, but many say this will simply cause more harm than good.
“I think this is very unwise, the move to remove people from housing and to remove benefits,” Andrew Nielson says, “because actually, if we are saying that some of the crime that we saw on the streets was an expression of people not feeling part of society, not feeling part of our communities, then these measures are actually going to push these people further away from society, further away from our communities, and far more likely to commit crime.”
The Facebook case is the first sign of the government’s desire to crack down on social media. Websites like Twitter were applauded by the West for mobilizing the masses in the Arab world. But they were also instrumental in the UK riots, so now the prime minister wants it to stop.
“We are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality,” declared David Cameron.
When social media fuelled revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, Britain called it democracy. But now the shoe is on the other foot when trouble is closer to home,
The Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak Steve McCabe says “I’m very conscious that it has been used in other areas to support what are seen as democratic movements and we’d be the first to complain if we thought the authorities in those countries were trying to block access to it.”
The Prime Minister says this is where Britain fights back. But it is feared that could just mean fighting fire with fire – and that would only fan the flames of civil disorder.
REMEMBER IT IS THESE VERY SAME POLITIONS THAT LAUNCHED 3 ILLEGAL WARS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND NOW LIBYA ,UNLEASHING UNTOLD AMOUNTS OF DEATH AND MINDLESS MAYHEM AND DESTRUCTION!! SO HOW LONG SHOULD WE SENTENCE OUR POLITIONS FOR BEING MINDLESS THUGS ,LOOTERS AND MURDERS ,MUCH WORSE THAN ANY RIOTER!!!!
WHILE WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY “ELECTED DICTATORSHIP” AND PEOPLE LIKE DAVID “BASIL FAWLTY” CAMERON DICTATING TO BRITAIN OUR FUTURE LOOKS VERY BLEEK INDEED. MORE RIOTS ,MORE DRACONIAN SENTENCES , MORE POLICE BRUTALITY , MORE PEOPLE THROWN ON THE STREETS ,MORE ILLEGAL WARS , MORE BANKER BAILOUTS , MORE AUSTERITY MEASURES
FOLKS ITS TIME TO GET BACK ON THE STREETS AND DEMAND DIRECT DEMOCRACY AND ARREST THESE CRIMINALS THAT WOULD DICTATE AND BEAT AND STEAL AND KILL US AND OTHERS FOR POWER AND PROFIT!!
ITS FREEDOM OR FASCISM…ITS YOUR CHOICE, NOT THE GOVERNMENTS!
Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number.
Shake your chains to earth like dew.
Which in sleep has fallen on you.
Ye are many – they are few.
Percy Shelley’s The Mask of Anarchy
“All government, of course, is against liberty. The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. Most people want security in this world, not liberty.”
“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable. It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.”
“Whether the mask is labeled Fascism, Democracy, or Dictatorship or the Proletariat, our great adversary remains the Apparatus-the bureaucracy, the police, the military…. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this Apparatus, and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”– The French worker philosopher Simone Weil,1945
Law is stagnation , Conformity is death by boredom and ignorance ,Obedience is for slaves and Specialisation is for insects!