Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Double Standards R Us

By BJ Bjornson

Well, that didn�t take too long.

The prime minister promised he would do "whatever it takes" to restore order to the streets as he set out a range of measures aimed at helping businesses and homeowners affected by the riots.

They included:

To look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via social media when "we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality"

It wasn�t all that long ago that everyone was lauding these social networks as tools of democracy when they allowed the �disorder� that gave rise to the �Arab Spring�, even spurring calls for the West to set up ways to circumvent governments trying to shut the networks down as the Egyptian administration attempted early on.

More astute observers noted that trusting any government to not leave themselves a backdoor to shut down actions that conflicted with their own interests would be foolish, and the UK just showed us the truth of that concern. Those same tools in the hands of people participating in disorder in the West mean they aren�t �tools of democracy� anymore.

The powerful, as a group, are never keen on giving the powerless the tools they need to organize against them. Against competing powerful interests? Sure, just not against themselves, which is why you�re soon likely to see the tools for more effectively shutting down popular social networks coming to a government near you in the very near future. Remember, it�s only bad when the other guy does it.

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