Skip to comments.How to Build Community Spirit Through Public Nudity
Posted on 06/26/2014 4:23:05 PM PDT by PoloSec
As of June 16, 2014, Jón Gnarr is no longer the mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland. That is not the real news, though. The news is that Jón Gnarr ever became the mayor of Reykjavík at all.
Gnarr, who has spent much of his life working as an actor and comedian, got into politics in a most unusual way. After the global financial meltdown of 2008, in which Icelandic banks were disastrously involved, the small island nation was roiled by unprecedented protests. People took to the streets, banging on pots and pans to express their anger at the way the financiers had gambled with the nation's economic destiny.
It was in this atmosphere of discontent that Gnarr and several of his friends came up with the absurdist idea of the Best Party. He created a character for a sketch comedy show, a "simple-minded local politician with an autocratic demeanor and the most absurd campaign promises," as he writes in his new book, Gnarr! How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World.
This fellows party? Well, it was the "Best Party," of course.
In the heightened post-crash atmosphere, however, Gnarr and his friends soon realized that they might have a chance to do more than get a few laughs. (Although Gnarr would be the first to say how important a few laughs can be, and his statements are regularly punctuated by his own goofy guffaw.) There was a real public appetite for a political movement that would do things differently than they had been done before, with more transparency and honesty and less corruption and nepotism.
In April 2010, the Best Party released a platform, affirming its support of the following principals, among others: protection and support for Icelandic households; benefits for vulnerable members
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Noooooo! Yuck! There are too many saggy people going around naked to support causes. No more! My eyes!
It certainly gives new meaning to the phrase “open carry”
What makes it worse, is that virtually everyone there is related to everyone else there.
We had a little bit of this public spirit last weekend in
Seattle’s Fremont Dist.
Really glad I moved out of that idiocracy/hellhole.
Went to that parade once.
Nothing more than attention whores and “I’m so cool, guess what I did today...” juveniles.
Pass around free swiss cheese?