I have deleted my link to The Intellectual Activist (TIA), which took one to the site for both the TIA Daily (email) and TIA Monthly (print) publications – editor and publisher, Robert Tracinski. This particular link was put here solely because I wished to introduce others to the best rational, most objective, thinking available. I do not now believe this to be the case with TIA.
The deletion is being made, not so much because Mr. Tracinski is not sure of his agreement with Ayn Rand philosophically; nor because he is not a consistent intellectual defender of her philosophy of Objectivism; nor because he is no longer associated with The Ayn Rand Institute (here – bottom) (I link to others here in the sidebar who I’m sure are not confirmed Objectivists and I don’t expect it), but I expect more from TIA and it’s editor and chief.
I have enjoyed TIA’s monthly publication since the early 1980’s – years before Mr. Tracinski’s tenure as editor and publisher. I still have time left on my present subscriptions to both TIA Daily (the email publication), and TIA Monthly (the print publication). I will continue with these publications, at least until my current subscriptions expire (TIA Monthly is currently one year behind in publication) – I don’t currently plan to renew either.
I will continue to read my current subscriptions to see where Mr. Tracinski’s thinking takes him (as expressed primarily in TIA Daily)- that is, if my intellectual curiosity remains greater than my intellectual disappointment.
I am very disappointed that the publication of TIA Monthly has fallen so far behind – a situation that Mr. Tracinski addresses on the inside front cover of the latest issue in a “Letter from the Editor”. This latest issue is labeled on the front cover as the October 2006 issue, which is actually the October 2005 issue – this change was also explained(?) in this”Letter from the Editor”.
I’ve always looked forward to the arrival of TIA Monthly in my mailbox. I won’t have the same enthusiasm for it that I had in the past. It’s as though a light is going out for me in the world… a much needed and valued light – for both me and the world.
I intend to write more on this, but not until Mr. Tracinski finishes expressing his thoughts through his six part series What Went Right in TIA Daily (the first four parts, with some changes from the original, are here).
I can say little more, at this point, than I expect such publications as TIA’s (that I am paying for) to provide me with intellectual ammunition, philosophical guidance, and the opportunity to experience the world as it ought to be.
It’s heroes I’m seeking… with TIA, I’m now getting concrete-bound rationalism, excuses, and attempts to finance an all too uncertain future for both a publication and an individual.