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The Politisation Of Achievement

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Icelanders like nothing better than confirmations of their belief that they are somehow the greatest, the strongest, the most beautiful…

A Lesson In Radicalism

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The Radical Summer University, organised by a group of leftists from academia and activist groups, will take place in August…

Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Black Swan?

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Following the financial crash of 2008 one of the most common comments made was that “nobody saw it coming,” and…

Playing The Game Of ‘This Time It’s Different’

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It is curious, when one considers how obvious it now seems that the Icelandic financial miracle was a giant bubble,…

Should Icelanders Be Ashamed Of Themselves?

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After the publication of the SIC report, there was a near unanimous agreement in Icelandic society that it was not…

Whose Fault Was The Giant Icelandic Consumption Boom?

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Considering the vast size of the recent Icelandic consumption boom that peaked in 2007, it is remarkable how little attention…

Building Giant ATMs

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Real estate prices, which had remained stagnant in real terms between 1988 and 2003—that is, they simply followed inflation—took off….

RVK9: WHAT DID WE LEARN?

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By mid March, the case against the Reykjavík Nine (who had been accused of conspiracy to attack Alþingi with the…

A FAILED ATTEMPT TO DISPIRIT ACTIVISTS

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While a verdict is still pending in the trial of The Reykjavik Nine, it’s safe to say that the prosecution…

The Decade of Failure

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While history—meaning: ‘the past’—does not change, history—meaning: ‘the narration of past events’—does in fact change. This is because we view…

The mysterious case of the disappearing neoliberal

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In the fall of 2008 there was no shortage of proclamations that the implosion of the global financial system meant…

Witnessing a show trial or seeing justice being done?

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At a hearing in the case of the state against the “Reykjavík nine” on August 17th, Ragnar Aðalsteinsson, counsel to…

Bubblicious!

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The collapse of the Icelandic financial system in October of 2008 did not only squash any dreams Icelanders had of…

The ‘Corporate Vikings’

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The most iconic image of the Icelandic financial bubble was that of the ‘Corporate Viking’—the financier who engineered one daring…

Attacks On Alþingi Are Of No Concern To Alþingi

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Last week the Speaker of Alþingi, Social Democrat Ásta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir, was presented with the signatures of 705 people who…

The Poop Throwing Left Wing Conspiracy

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One of the oldest blogs in Iceland is VefÞjóðviljinn (“The People’s Will, on the Web”—The WebWill for short). The blog,…

Delusions Of Financial Grandeur

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As the Icelandic financial system came crashing down in the fall of 2008, Icelanders woke up to realize that the…

The Imaginary Anarchist Threat

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During its noon news broadcast on Friday, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service announced that police had been summoned to the…


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