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“Larvatus Prodeo’s Last Post” or another one bites the dust

Its with some sadness and wry amusement that I discover that another blog is going quietly into the long goodnight. and unlike the one that Ray and I saw disappear the other week this one was actaully not that bad bad any standard, it was always a creature of teh left and quite often as silly as any blog of that persuasion but it also sometimes published interesting and thought provoking pieces in a very grown up style. During the last year or so it has lost heart to some extent driven by the failure of the Labor governemnt here in Queensland and the imminent failure of Labor at a federal level seems to have emasculated its willingness to critique politics in this country, what can a leftist say when those in power are of the left and fucking things up at every level? there is only so much excuse making that can be done before a profound depression sets in and that is what I think has happened at LP. Anyway check out the excuses made for its closure from Mark Bahnisch :

Of course I had to put in my two cents worth:

Heck they even let it promptly out of moderation, something that they often failed to do for dissenting comemnts.

Anyway here is the most apt song that I can think of in the light of this news.

Well I suppose that it jusrt means that those of us with more staying power in the blogging game will just have to step up and provide the topics and the venue for debate about the issues that matter.

Cheers Comrades




  1. Leon Bertrand says:

    I often found their posts a bit mushy. They wouldn’t really often argue their points, but rather relied on that academic way of mentioning their attitudes in passing, knowing that their audience would usually agree with them. Indeed, there was often this assumption that their particular viewpoint was right, and those they objected to were wrong.

    And you are right that they often censored dissenting views. As I found out, there’s little point debating with crowds that don’t welcome views different to their own.

  2. Ray Dixon says:

    And not so much as a thank you from our old pal, JM. He’s running out of blogs to infest.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    As I’ve found out trying to keep things civil in a spirited debate can be tough especially when you have a contentious topic but the effort is worth it when the result is interesting and wide ranging discussions. LP was just too committed to playing to their own gallery and stifling any dissenting voices. Frankly I have noticed the dearth of new posts at the blog over the last year and I have been sort of expecting it to die a lingering death sooner than this

  4. Iain Hall says:

    Yes its getting tough if you are a Lefty with a chip on your shoulder to find any doors open to you isn’t it?

    If he wasn’t such a mean spirited wanker I might even feel just a tiny bit sorry for him

  5. Leon Bertrand says:

    I could be a bit biased, but I don’t think there are any excellent left-wing blogs in Australia. Quiggan is an economist who denies the benefits of economic rationalism. Tim Dunlop often reasons poorly. Groupthink is dying on the vine. And as for our learned friend, his errors have already been dicussed on this very blog…

  6. Iain Hall says:

    Actually Leon,
    Groupthink has had no new posts or comments since last November the last time I checked which makes it a Zombie blog by my reckoning

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