Posted by Collin Kee, 99GetSmart
POTS, PANS AND OTHER SOLUTIONS
Ever since the crash of 2008, countries in the developed world have seen protests that are larger and more organized than they have ever been in recent years. Stemming from frustration over the blatantly illegal acts of private banks, multi-nationals, and do-nothing governments, places such as Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and even here in the U.S., public pressure is mounting for real change.
Although places that get the most attention are the Mediterranean countries currently, (if you count the scarce coverage they receive as attention) we cannot hope to forget the reactions of one of the first countries to have been affected by the economic crisis, Iceland.
For those who don’t know or don’t remember Iceland’s revolution, upon investigating it, it can seem obvious why it was not, and has not, received adequate coverage by mainstream sources. Out of the main points of the “Saucepan” revolution, the most crucial to the cause is an unparalleled sense of unity among the Icelandic peoples to see justice served to the bankers and corrupt government that we are still subject to here in the U.S.1
This unity extended beyond liberal minded peoples even into more conservative groups that may have had differing political ideologies, but were like minded in their pursuit to not see their fellow man exploited. Even though it appears that the U.S. Occupy movements have a ways to go before persuading conservatives to join our cause, it cannot be ignored that the outcomes can be truly spectacular as they were/are in Iceland.
In addition to the achievements in political reform, Iceland has also been doing quite well economically, and has been predicted to grow by 2.8% in 2012 and has an unemployment rate around 6% which is expected to continue to fall.2
Other examples from Iceland that mirror our own political situation include…
- – Disappointment with a new political movement based on “change” that in the end did not deliver.
- – An ultimatum for the tax payers to cover the debts of private banks.
- – A government that continues to fail to protect the environment in favor of industry.
- – Too much financial influence in the political system.
These ideas and the story of Iceland’s journey to political reform and return to true democracy can be seen in a documentary that was made by Miguel Marques called Pots, Pans and Other Solutions and was released just this June. The documentary summarizes the Saucepan revolution from it’s beginnings to the current state of Icelandic governance and what is hope for in the future. The film is a fantastic source of accounts from those who are at the head of the Icelandic movement and offers a unique perspective on the ideas shared with the revolutionary movements that are being seen all over the world, some that Occupy may even be able to learn for itself.
1 Chataigne, C. (2009, March). Iceland and the saucepan revolution. Socialist Review, Retrieved from http:// www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=10735
2 Lyall, S. (2012, July 7). A bruised iceland heals amid europe’s malaise . Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/ 2012/07/08/world/europe/icelands-economy-is-mending-amid-europes-malaise.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
3 POTS, PANS AND OTHER SOLUTIONS from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGwMIlpgR2A