Birgitta Jonsdottir – New Hope for the World

Categories: Law, Government, & Military, Social Issues
Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Birgitta Jonsdottir

Very few people live at the intersection of so much change, creativity, and controversy as Birgitta Jonsdottir. A political activist for many important issues, including the war in Iraq, new media regulation paradigms, and internet freedom and privacy, Birgitta Jonsdottir became an Icelandic parliament member for the Civic Movement, a political movement for democratic reform, following Iceland’s banking collapse in 2008. In 2010, she co-produced the video Collateral Murder for Wikileaks, serving briefly as their spokesperson, and was subsequently targeted as a national security concern by the Department of Justice. Birgitta Jonsdottir was also the chief sponsor of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a unanimously approved set of new laws designed to ensure total press freedom.

As countries around the world struggle to cope with global systemic transition, Iceland is a beacon of hope for enlightened governance. Join us with Birgitta Jonsdottir for an in-depth discussion of internet privacy, freedom of speech, and the opportunities before Iceland today.

Original air date: 2/14/2012

5 comments… add one
  • Robin Datta Feb 14, 2012 @ 2:33

    The source of the puissance of the state is its  claim to moral rectitude in the INITIATION of force. The threat of the initiation of force against even peaceful non-compliers is the only source of the state’s power. When the moral rectitude of the UNIVERSAL abjuration of the initiation of force is acknowledged, the puissance of the state – and the state itself – fades away. The only basis for a non-violent society is voluntarism, a stateless society: an anarchy.

  • Heidi Lucken Feb 14, 2012 @ 16:40

    I assume the IMMI is a group of brave and truly inspired individuals, of which Birgitta is only one. I admire the long thinking and the openess this group offers to the world. I’m here in the U.S. and over the past decade have watched opportunity for commerce and prosperity suffer while wholesale ‘need for security’ has gone unchecked. Real threat versus perceived threat is a query gone from our country. Stay Strong and Inspired as a group, you have the tiger by the tail!
    P.S. Thank You for ALL of your advocacy for Bradley Manning, our nations latest and best Hero!

  • Robin Datta Feb 15, 2012 @ 6:08

    Icelandic retains the original form: If we had the same in English, the daughter of Johnson would be Johndaughter.

  • david L. Sep 4, 2014 @ 12:42

    I have actually communicated about starting “a new political party” with the Trenton board of elections. They failed to call me back. Once on a path I am inspired, It will be an interesting journey….. Thank-you birgitta!

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