It seems incomprehensible in the U.S., but Icelanders did just that.
Icelanders forced their entire government to resign after a banking fraud scandal, overthrowing the ruling party and creating a citizenís group tasked with writing a new constitution that offered a solution to prevent corporate greed from destroying the country.
The constitution of Iceland was scrapped and is being rewritten by private citizens; using a crowd-sourcing technique via social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
These events have been going on since 2008, yet thereís been no word from the U.S. mainstream media about any of them.
In fact, all of the events that unfolded were
recorded by international journalists, overseas news bureaus, citizen
journalists and bloggers. This has created current accusations of an
intentional cover up of the story by mainstream U.S. news sources.
That report is currently making its way around social media.
CNN today placed a statement on its website saying:
It is interesting to note that CNNís European
version, CNN Europe, already covered the story of the protests and the
governmentís resignation, leading many to question why CNN would now need to
"look into" the claims.
A whole documentary has been made on the
governmental overthrow called Pots, Pans and Other Solutions (bottom
page video), and now, the conversation is focused on whether or not the
citizensí actions actually worked to make Iceland a more equitable nation.
In Iceland, unscrupulous bankers had inflated
the value of Icelandís banks internationally which in turn caused the
"bubble" to eventually burst in 2008 and saw most of Icelandís banks going
Just as in Iceland, the bubble burst and many U.S. banks were about to declare bankruptcy.
In Iceland, the citizens took to the streets by the thousands, banging pots and pans in what is known as the "pots and pans revolution," leading to the arrest and prosecution of many unscrupulous bankers responsible for the economic collapse. Icelandic citizens also refused to pay for the sins of the bankers and rejected any measures of taxation to bail them out.
In the U.S., the government bailed out the banks
and arrested no one.
In fact, any information about this revolution is found only on international newspapers, blogs and online documentaries, not on mainstream front-page articles as would be expected from news organizations covering a story of this magnitude.
The New York Times published a small handful of
piecemeal stories, blogs and opinion pieces, but mostly glossed over the
main narrative by saying the 2008 financial collapse in Iceland caused
"mayhem far beyond the countryís borders" rather than pointing out that
Icelanders took to the streets with pots and pans and forced their entire
government to resign.
The story in Iceland is no exception.
Socialist and Marxist blogs here in the U.S. say that thereís been a massive U.S. news conspiracy and cover up about the revolution in Iceland because the U.S. media is controlled by corporations, including banks, and the "powers that be" donít want U.S. citizens getting any ideas to stage a revolution of their own.
Some conservative Icelandic bloggers claim that while there was, indeed, a revolution, it did not lead to a successful or widely accepted new constitution.
They say the situation in Iceland is worse than
ever, and that international news reports of an effective democratic
uprising leading to a better government are simply myths. Social media
commenters are scratching their heads over why they were robbed of the story
of Icelandís pots and pans revolution.
One thing is clear, though:
Whether or not the revolution led to a more fair government or a workable and effective constitution is irrelevant to the fact that the U.S. media has essentially skipped over this story for the past five years.
As Iceland struggles to regain its footing with a new government, U.S. citizens may or may not be able to look to Iceland as an example of perfect democracy in action.
The real question, though, is,