Iceland’s Hordur Torfason.

Hörður Torfason
Hörður Torfason (Photo credit: Gunnar Valdimar)

Posted October 4, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Hordur Torfason of Iceland is the man credited with creating that country’s “peaceful revolution“, which led to major changes, including a new “crowd-sourced” constitution. This interview was conducted by an organization whose website is I have not visited this site and have only become aware of it when searching for the latest interview of Mr. Torfason. All I can say about the organization is that their efforts involve amending the U.S. Constitution, and that they are interviewing Mr. Torfason to learn about what occurred in Iceland.

I have no thoughts one way or the other about the activities of those who run This video was simply the newest one I could find where Mr. Torfason of Iceland is interviewed.

With that said, Hordur Torfason was the man who, with the help of many men and women in his country, put in the time and effort which resulted in what some call, “the Iceland miracle”.

Although I have yet to hear Mr. Torfason mention in the couple of interviews I have listened to the name Mahatma Gandhi, it would not surprise me if Gandhi’s principles of non-violent resistance were studied by him. Neither would it surprise me to learn he had studied Martin Luther King’s writings on non-violence, influenced by Gandhi’s writings as well.

When he describes the agreements made by Icelanders who participated in the actions which led to the historic changes in the government, he mentions those who wore orange at gatherings stopping any outbreaks of violence through shielding law enforcement personnel, checking packages for any type of weapons etc. This shows that the people’s movement in Iceland adhered to very strict rules of maintaining peace and that maintenance of peace was a top priority every man and woman was fully aware of.

What is interesting about the descriptions of what motivated the movement in Iceland is that he states what many millions of people around the world are feeling, but have yet to fully articulate and act upon. He says that what motivated the people of Iceland was the honest and simple wish for their elected officials to represent them, and not private corporations.

The lesson which seems to come from the astonishing democratic changes in Iceland, thanks to the efforts of Hordur Torfason and many men and women in his country, is one that is fairly simple, yet takes an effort to bring into reality. The Icelandic people answered the all-important question: “will our people create a system of government which looks out for the best interests of all the people, or continue to accept a system which runs on political bribery, corruption, cronyism-love of money-which benefits only a few?”

The people of Iceland proved to the rest of humanity that creating a system of government which looks out for the health and welfare of all of its citizens is possible.




22 thoughts on “Iceland’s Hordur Torfason.

      1. Thank you Jerry, I have been a little overwhelmed lately, but I think I am fine – as far as it’s possible in a world like this.

        How are you, my friend?

        You are right – the Icelandic people are amazing.
        Looks like for the rest of the world it is still a long road to become as wise, courageous and persistent as these people are.


        1. Skywanderer,
          Perhaps knowing that there are many who feel a little overwhelmed, that you are not alone, will help. I mean, people are people, and we all have the same types of reactions to what we are seeing and learning. Come to think of it, there are probably many men and women who are feeling overwhelmed now, so this means that people care, and that is a good thing. So stay strong and speak your truth-join with your readers and friends in the ongoing effort to create a better world. You may be interested in a documentary “Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview” which gets into more of a philosophical discussion. It may or may not be your “cup of tea” but it is a thoughtful film. Maybe it would provide a respite of sorts for you, along with a unique perspective. It includes Bruce Lipton, Ervin Lazslo, Neale Donald Walsh, and others.
          Take it easy my friend and keep the faith.


    1. Bob,
      How are you. I agree. On a related subject do you think the TPP was created in response to the threat posed to owners of the Fed by the BRICS financial alliance? Looking at the map those nations who will possibly join the TPP are closer to BRICS nations than America and Europe, and could “bolt” from using the dollar for transactions, using BRICS currency instead. You may be familiar with the cliché “follow the money”. Are you following any pro baseball team in the playoffs? Mr. Torfason must have watched a ball-game every now and then. Man, can we imagine the hours he put in during Iceland’s transformation?


      1. I’m fine, just enrolled in Obamacare yesterday.

        Your assessment of the TPP/BRICS scenario is pretty close to reality, I believe. China is definitely challenging Western economic hegemony.

        My MLB team, the Giants, are out of the playoffs this year. But, I’m feeling supportive of the Red Sox even though I’m a National League fan.

        All the best,


        1. Bob,
          I get a sense that the ultra-rich owners of the private central banks are getting nervous. I’m not one who advocates for public hanging. However, the immense power these people have held for decades must be taken away-for the good of all people. Should be interesting for sure. Pray things don’t get ugly. Your Giants pitchers held down my Tigers in last year’s World Series. Kind of surprised they didn’t make the playoffs.


          1. The banksters are getting nervous for good reason. The consequences of a “let them eat cake” mentality never strays far from those who espouse it.

            Giants’ pitching has been spectacular since 2009, but it fell apart this year. Changes ahead. Your Tigers are scary good. Scherzer was dominating in last night’s win over the A’s. Tigers vs Red Sox in ALCS? That would be a battle!


            1. Bob,
              Are you familiar with the documentary “Debtocracy”? If not I highly recommend it (on YouTube). If so what did you think of the film?
              Gotta love Yogi Berra when he said “97% of the game is half-mental.”


  1. Reblogged this on Family Hurts Inc – Inquiry, News & Critique and commented:
    Part from a highly recommended post on Jerry’s blog:
    “The Icelandic people answered the all-important question: “will our people create a system of government which looks out for the best interests of all the people, or continue to accept a system which runs on political bribery, corruption, cronyism-love of money-which benefits only a few?”


  2. Iceland is a small country with a very small population and a tradition of “ting” decision-making. It is very personal and intimate in that most will know the family connections of everyone. It is not the global hegemonic power that the USA is, with its advanced espionage and that sees itself as the global policeman.

    We can always hope, of course, that this changes for Americans and for the EU, though I am not holding my breath…


    1. Jim,
      Nice to meet you and thank you for sharing your thoughts. From my view there is no difference between Iceland and America and Europe but scale. One could look at the U.S. and see 50 Icelands. People are the same everywhere so what was accomplished by the men and women of Iceland (Equador is another example) is entirely possible in America and the EU. Are you familiar with the documentary film “Debtocracy”? If not it is on YouTube and I highly recommend it. If so what did you think of the film? For that matter can you share the most important books and documentaries you have ever experienced?
      Thanks again Jim. Heading to your blog to read.


  3. I hope this would have been possible in a very diverse, huge, global power based on imperialism, with a history of slavery that extended through 1865, and a violent racism that extended for another century, and more racism that overwhelms us to this day. We are not 50 Icelands – far from it.
    Still, I hope you are right, brother,


    1. Claire,
      Nice to meet you. I understand your sentiments. There are times when I may be somewhat over-optimistic in observations. This is probably a result of feeling good about what the Icelandic people did-happiness that they lightened each other’s load in a sense. That good feeling, which we can be assured is felt by many who are aware of Iceland’s success, because it is rare, is kind of hard to explain if you know what I mean. The freedom events which occurred in Iceland and Equador seem to have a spiritual dimension which is felt but not easy to articulate, once again because it is rare, as the vernacular is only beginning to be developed. It seems that these types of events occur because people have become willing to enter unknown territory, so the events are journeys of discovery.
      Thanks for your comment, Claire. Certainly fascinating days we are living in.


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