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.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

"The cannibal capitalism that produced a Goldman Sachs and a Bernie Madoff is subhuman and obscene."

By John Ballard

Doc Searls put together some choice observations of Hal Crowther and furnishes a link to the archive.  If you're feeling dry, go there and drink your fill. 

  • �Go get a bath right after you get a job,� snarls Newt Gingrich, an influence-peddler who�s had no legitimate job for 15 years and exists only to give the word �hypocrisy� a human face.

  • The cannibal capitalism that produced a Goldman Sachs and a Bernie Madoff is subhuman and obscene. There�s no form of government more inherently offensive than plutocracy�only theocracy comes close. When a citizen comes of age in a plutocracy, he has no moral choice but to slay Pluto or die trying.

  • ...two protective myths, transparently false but widely accepted: one, that the feeble, compliant federal government was somehow the enemy of free enterprise; two, the outrageous trickle-down theory, which urged us to choke the rich with riches in the hope that they would disgorge a few crumbs for the peasants.


1 comment:

  1. It is time to recognize the disease so that it may be treated. The problem with the economy is Cannibal Capitalism. The Occupy Wall Street movement is all about Cannibal Capitalism, a practice that foregoes common interest and even long-term self-interest for a quick buck. Even worse when practiced at the level we have seen recently Cannibal Capitalism actively destroys the wealth-building capacity of the capitalist system. The book Cannibal Capitalism is available everywhere books are sold.