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.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Go Fuck Yourself is a legitimate policy position

By Dave Anderson:

The talk of Greek default and subsequent Euro exit suddenly went from crazy dirty fucking hippie talk to serious discussion of when instead of if and if instead of laughter.

The BBC:

The Greek president has called the four main parties, including the centre-right New Democracy and the Socialist Pasok, to try to form an emergency government to avoid new elections.

But Syriza said it would not attend because it could not back any coalition which supported austerity....

Elena Panaritis, an economist and MP for Pasok...Greece now having "conversations we should have had two and a half years ago," she said.

Go Fuck Yourself is a legitimate policy option and as the MP for PASOK notes, it is an option that should have been on the table thirty months ago:

Newshoggers in May 2010:

Which politician wants to tell their constituents that they need to take a 30% to 50% reduction in their standard of living to pay-off a bunch of damn foreigners at near par and maintain allegiance to a monetary system that increases their pain?  The current set may be willing to make that argument, but the next election will promote politicians who promise to take away some of the pain and screw the foreigners instead of their own people.  

A single European currency without massive cross-border transfers and a central bank that is scared shiftless of the threat of transitory inflation has led to massive amounts of needless pain.  The Greeks should have defaulted two years ago and walked away from the Euro when they still had some control over their long term internal assets instead of wasting two years of continued pain before walking away.  

The Greeks, and the rest of the peripheral Euro-zone nations should consider that telling the Germans and the tight money Bundsbank that Go Fuck Yourself is a legitimate policy position and one that they are seriously considering embracing unless policy changes to both the ECB and the entire European economic integration project changes to allow for easier resets of relative prices between countries in the Euro-zone.  




1 comment:

  1. The Euro was always a bad idea for everyone but Germany. It was an attempt to create an economic Third Reich. In the end it didn't work out any better for Germany than the 2nd world war. The Neoliberalism that became popular in Europe didn't help.