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Most of you may know that TIA monthly has been behind schedule due to their launching of TIA daily. I subscribed to TIA monthly last Christmas and have so far received the October and November 2004 issues, both of which I enjoyed. Since I'm a student, I was given a free subscription to TIA daily, and from the quality of commentary there I can understand the delay.

However, Rob Tracinski recently said that he just finished the next issue (presumably the December 2004 issue) of TIA monthly. If this is true, how will they ever catch up?

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If TIA was turned into a quarterly publication it could probably catch up. Daily news is quite a chore, and it may be that publishing both a daily and a monthly is proving to be too big a job for one person.

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If TIA was turned into a quarterly publication it could probably catch up. Daily news is quite a chore, and it may be that publishing both a daily and a monthly is proving to be too big a job for one person.

That's what I suggested to Rob in an email but he did not respond. A quarterly could be bigger than a monthly and have longer articles but there may be other issues with that. Regardless, Rob has claimed that while TIA monthly was initially behind because of TIA Daily, the contractual obligation to release the earlier TIA issues (from the Peter Schwartz days) in bound format is what prevented them from catching up.

I really do think it's quite pathetic that they are more than 6 months behind schedule and I know I'm not the only one.

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If TIA was turned into a quarterly publication it could probably catch up.

I don't think it could switch to quarterly even if it wanted to: didn't they promise 12 monthly issues to their subscribers?

Regardless, Rob has claimed that while TIA monthly was initially behind because of TIA Daily, the contractual obligation to release the earlier TIA issues (from the Peter Schwartz days) in bound format is what prevented them from catching up.

Yes I remember that now, but I can't imagine why binding previously-made volumes could really be that time-intensive.

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Yes I remember that now, but I can't imagine why binding previously-made volumes could really be that time-intensive.

In the library where I work we have our journals bound. Essentially all you do is send them to a bindery who does their thing and sends them back. My manager has to hassle with them a lot and the bound journals almost always end up being 6-18 months late. I don't know what they are doing, but I get the impression it's quite a headache. Maybe he's had similar issues.

~Aurelia

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If TIA was turned into a quarterly publication it could probably catch up. Daily news is quite a chore, and it may be that publishing both a daily and a monthly is proving to be too big a job for one person.

Whatever Mr. Tracinski decides to do, I wish him luck. But in the meantime, as a customer should in a free market, I am voting with my dollars. I just cancelled my subscription to TIA Daily (even though I was getting it free as a student), and renewed my forty-some-odd-dollar-a-year monthly print subscription. I love the monthly print edition, so I am trying to show support for that, but I really have no interest or time for the daily edition. I hope the print doesn't go to quarterly.

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Here's an encouraging message, from today's daily:

The long-delayed monthly print issues of TIA are now starting to move through the pipeline a good deal faster. The December 2004 issue is at the printer right now; I'll let you know when it goes into the mail.

The latest issue contains only one, large article, and with good reason. Not having covered current political events in the pages of TIA for about six months, I decided to cover all six months' worth in one article. This turned out to be fortuitous, because I think those events could only really be understood as one integrated whole.

With this article, I have really achieved the kind of division of labor I have been aiming for with TIA Daily and the monthly TIAs. This article analyzes the same events I have covered day-by-day in TIA Daily--the aftermath of the US election, the Second Battle of Fallujah, Ukraine's "Orange Revolution," the Iraqi election, and the protests in Lebanon. But it provides a greater integration and some new, original theoretical insights of the kind that can only come from a longer time-perspective and deeper reflection on these important events.

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Have any other subscribers to the print edition of The Intellectual Activist experienced trouble getting a refund for the unsent portion of their subscription?

Or perhaps I should say--has anyone actually succeeded in getting a refund?

I waited quite a few months for Mr Tracinski to either resume publication, or offer a refund -- unable fully to believe that a (presumed) follower of Objectivism could be so irresponsible as to do neither.

I e-mailed TIA for a refund last December, but heard nothing. I sent a letter to TIA on March 3, but so far have heard nothing.

I'm beginning to fear that Mr Tracinski is unscrupulous as well as irresponsible.

Unless I get a full refund soon, I'm filing a complaint for mail fraud with the Charlottesville Va. Postal Inspector.

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Have any other subscribers to the print edition of The Intellectual Activist experienced trouble getting a refund for the unsent portion of their subscription?

Or perhaps I should say--has anyone actually succeeded in getting a refund?

I waited quite a few months for Mr Tracinski to either resume publication, or offer a refund -- unable fully to believe that a (presumed) follower of Objectivism could be so irresponsible as to do neither.

I e-mailed TIA for a refund last December, but heard nothing. I sent a letter to TIA on March 3, but so far have heard nothing.

I'm beginning to fear that Mr Tracinski is unscrupulous as well as irresponsible.

Unless I get a full refund soon, I'm filing a complaint for mail fraud with the Charlottesville Va. Postal Inspector.

I must say that the regularity of the publication has been sporadic to say the least. My feeling is that other interests, such as his "Daily" may have become his focus. I too am surprised at what appears to be an abdication of responsibility. If there is a good reason, then at least a note of explanation would be called for.

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Have any other subscribers to the print edition of The Intellectual Activist experienced trouble getting a refund for the unsent portion of their subscription?

Or perhaps I should say--has anyone actually succeeded in getting a refund?

I waited quite a few months for Mr Tracinski to either resume publication, or offer a refund -- unable fully to believe that a (presumed) follower of Objectivism could be so irresponsible as to do neither.

I e-mailed TIA for a refund last December, but heard nothing. I sent a letter to TIA on March 3, but so far have heard nothing.

I'm beginning to fear that Mr Tracinski is unscrupulous as well as irresponsible.

Unless I get a full refund soon, I'm filing a complaint for mail fraud with the Charlottesville Va. Postal Inspector.

I haven't made an attempt to get a refund, at this time, giving Mr. Tracinski the benefit of the doubt. When Cox & Forkum, the creators of the cover art, decided to stop creating cartoons, I figured this would further delay any attempt to get the print edition of 'The Intellectual Activist' up and running again.

Maybe, its time to find out what is really going on. If this thread doesn't generate a response or explanation by this Monday, March 24, I'll begin taking the same action that Bill has taken.

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The TIA website still advertizes the monthly magazine, but the last issue listed is November 2006 published in February 2007, a year ago last month. I don't see any public statement about the schedule or intentions.

In Feb. 2006 (Vol. 19 Nos. 5 & 6) he wrote:

But persistence, as I point out, is not just required in war. And so TIA has been persistenly working to return to our normal publishing schedule. To advance this goal, starting with this issue, TIA will publish a series of double issues, with twice the normal number of pages... By publishing these double issues on a monthly or near-monthly schedule, we hope to hasten a return to our normal publication schedule.

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Still no reply from Tracinski.

He's had time to solicit us for $1000, for the privilege of being on his special e-mailing list--but apparently no time to account for money we've already given him.

Years ago, a good friend of mine advanced Tracinski $5000, to finance Tracinski's writing of a book in defense of capitalism. The book has yet to appear; and my friend has yet to receive his $5000 back.

Do we have another Nathaniel Branden, here?

I urge all subscribers who can't get refunds to lodge a complaint for mail fraud with the Postal Inspector in Charlottesville, VA (as I have).

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On Monday, I sent an e-mail to the TIA Daily inquiring about the status of the print issue. My e-mail was returned with a user unknown message. I am wondering if the website is no longer working.

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This was posted on TIA Daily, 4/16/08.

TIA Monthly Is Back

I'm pleased to announce that after a long hiatus, the monthly print editions of The Intellectual Activist are back. Below is a description of the articles in the first of the new issues, and you can scroll down to the bottom for a preview of the contents of the second of our new issues. You can also see the cover of the new issue on our website, www.IntellectualActivist.com.

The issue goes into the mail today or tomorrow, so it should arrive for subscribers on the East Coast in the next week or so. The rest of the country (and overseas subscribers) will, alas, take longer. We're happy to be back to producing both TIA Daily and TIA Monthly, and we'll be sending you further updates on the new print issues soon.—RWT

PS: If you are a subscriber to the print edition and you have moved in the past year, please reply to this e-mail and send me your new address so I can make sure you get your issues.

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Good to see the monthly edition is back. I hope he's able to sort out everybody's past subscriptions.

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I am not impressed by this conduct. If one has made an agreement to supply a service, there are obligations. One of these is to have the courtesy to advise those you have contracted with, that you are having difficulties, and what you intend to do about them.

It is the complete disregard of responsibility to his clients that most annoys me. I could happily accept a delay in service if an explanation of financial, supply or health difficulties was given. To be ignored like this has been a great disappointment to me. I expected better.

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Good to see the monthly edition is back. I hope he's able to sort out everybody's past subscriptions.

It's not back until it's actually back. Given his behavior, I for one am never again going to trust Tracinski. He's earned our distrust.

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Good to see the monthly edition is back. I hope he's able to sort out everybody's past subscriptions.

It's not back until it's actually back. Given his behavior, I for one am never again going to trust Tracinski. He's earned our distrust.

Did you hear anything back from your complaint to the Post Office?

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It's not back until it's actually back. Given his behavior, I for one am never again going to trust Tracinski. He's earned our distrust.

No, you're right. I'm just baffled, and my first "gut" reaction was to assume there was some reason for his actions. It just seems completely contrary to what I know of his work to deceive people this way. And yet he did - he took people's money in payment for a product he didn't deliver, and even now hasn't attempted to explain why or offered recompense. Mainly, though, it makes me feel bad that he sank to such a level. But then, I'm not a subscriber. I'm sure I would be angry in your position.

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It's not back until it's actually back. Given his behavior, I for one am never again going to trust Tracinski. He's earned our distrust.

No, you're right. I'm just baffled, and my first "gut" reaction was to assume there was some reason for his actions. It just seems completely contrary to what I know of his work to deceive people this way. And yet he did - he took people's money in payment for a product he didn't deliver, and even now hasn't attempted to explain why or offered recompense. Mainly, though, it makes me feel bad that he sank to such a level. But then, I'm not a subscriber. I'm sure I would be angry in your position.

This is all inexplicable and infuriating.

If you ask me, Tracinski has a lot of splainin' to do. :)

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Good to see the monthly edition is back. I hope he's able to sort out everybody's past subscriptions.

It's not back until it's actually back. Given his behavior, I for one am never again going to trust Tracinski. He's earned our distrust.

Hello all! I'm a new member, and was interested to see that others have had the same problem receiving The Intellectual Activist as I have had.

I wrote Tracinski two emails complaining about not receiving the issues I was promised. Both letters were ignored. I then called his office and left a message. I got no return call. I then sent him a postal letter indicating my intention to contact the Attorney General of the State of Virginia regarding this matter. Tracinski did not bother to reply to this letter either.

I had purchased a gift subscription for a friend as a Christmas present in December of 2006. To date, my friend has received only two of the 12 issues he was promised. He wrote Tracinski and asked if the value of his subscription could be switched to the online TIA daily, which would cost Tracinski nothing. His request was also ignored, even though it was entirely reasonable and involved no request for a refund.

Seeing no other recourse, I wrote the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs requesting legal assistance. On April 9th, they sent Tracinski a letter, stating that my complaint was reviewed and the case referred to the Dispute Resolution Section. The dispute resolution specialist asked Tracinski to contact him within 7 calendar days from the date of the letter (April 9th) "to determine if a mutually acceptable solution can be reached." I have yet to hear of any response. The 7 days were up on Wednesday, April 16th, which curiously is the date that Tracinski promised to resume publication of his monthly magazine. Is this just a ploy to avoid giving his subscribers a refund on the unused portion of their subscriptions?

As good a writer as Tracinski is, it is now very clear to me that he cannot be trusted to keep his promises. Nor, as others have noted, has he made any effort to explain the long delay to his subscribers. I would like to continue to receive his magazine, but I'm reluctant to overlook this kind of ethical breach by simply excusing it. To believe him when he says that he will now deliver his subscription as promised is to have learned nothing from his past behavior.

I will call the Office of Consumer Affairs on Monday to check on the status of my complaint, and keep you posted on its progress. They will keep the official complaint form and copies of all official correspondence regarding the case for a period of three years. Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, these materials will be available to the public for review.

I can only hope that Tracinski will own up to his contractual obligations and refund my money. If he does not, he will do further damage to his reputation and possibly to his credit. This cannot be good for him or for Objectivism, but I'm unwilling to excuse this kind of default. He has had more than enough opportunities to address this issue and to respond to his subscribers in good faith. Even if from now on he does keep his promises to his subscribers, he has lost the Objectivist moral high ground. A man who defaults on his contracts is in no position to criticize with moral and political failures of the rest of society.

Bill Dwyer

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I can only hope that Tracinski will own up to his contractual obligations and refund my money. If he does not, he will do further damage to his reputation and possibly to his credit. This cannot be good for him or for Objectivism, but I'm unwilling to excuse this kind of default. He has had more than enough opportunities to address this issue and to respond to his subscribers in good faith. Even if from now on he does keep his promises to his subscribers, he has lost the Objectivist moral high ground. A man who defaults on his contracts is in no position to criticize with moral and political failures of the rest of society.

Bill Dwyer

I would only disagree that the actions of Mr. Tracinski are any reflection on Objectivism. It is not Objectivism that is responsible for his failures. I gave up on Mr. Tracinski and his magazine a long time ago, for the same reasons everyone else here is citing.

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I would only disagree that the actions of Mr. Tracinski are any reflection on Objectivism. It is not Objectivism that is responsible for his failures. I gave up on Mr. Tracinski and his magazine a long time ago, for the same reasons everyone else here is citing.

I agree. What I meant is that it doesn't help the promulgation of Objectivism to have a principal writer and proponent of the philosophy behaving in this manner. Of course, it does not reflect on the philosophy itself, which stands on its own, regardless of the lack of integrity of any of its proponents.

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Did you hear anything back from your complaint to the Post Office?

I received a form postcard, saying they will contact me if any further information is needed.

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Good to see the monthly edition is back. I hope he's able to sort out everybody's past subscriptions.

It's not back until it's actually back. Given his behavior, I for one am never again going to trust Tracinski. He's earned our distrust.

I wrote Tracinski two emails complaining about not receiving the issues I was promised. Both letters were ignored. I then called his office and left a message. I got no return call. I then sent him a postal letter indicating my intention to contact the Attorney General of the State of Virginia regarding this matter. Tracinski did not bother to reply to this letter either.

I had purchased a gift subscription for a friend as a Christmas present in December of 2006. To date, my friend has received only two of the 12 issues he was promised. He wrote Tracinski and asked if the value of his subscription could be switched to the online TIA daily, which would cost Tracinski nothing. His request was also ignored, even though it was entirely reasonable and involved no request for a refund.

Seeing no other recourse, I wrote the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs requesting legal assistance. On April 9th, they sent Tracinski a letter, stating that my complaint was reviewed and the case referred to the Dispute Resolution Section. The dispute resolution specialist asked Tracinski to contact him within 7 calendar days from the date of the letter (April 9th) "to determine if a mutually acceptable solution can be reached." I have yet to hear of any response. The 7 days were up on Wednesday, April 16th, which curiously is the date that Tracinski promised to resume publication of his monthly magazine. Is this just a ploy to avoid giving his subscribers a refund on the unused portion of their subscriptions?

As good a writer as Tracinski is, it is now very clear to me that he cannot be trusted to keep his promises. Nor, as others have noted, has he made any effort to explain the long delay to his subscribers. I would like to continue to receive his magazine, but I'm reluctant to overlook this kind of ethical breach by simply excusing it. To believe him when he says that he will now deliver his subscription as promised is to have learned nothing from his past behavior.

Bill Dwyer

I had subscribed to TIA well before Mr. Tracinski purchased it. With the dramatic improvements, I knew he was going to have a cash flow problem (I think he hoped to cover them by selling the surplus stock of old TIAs). I was happy for him when he added TIA Daily because I hoped it would help his cash flow. To my knowledge, as I have called and the phone was answered by his wife at home, he and his wife perform all the work. Jake Wakeland contributes to TIA Daily, but I don't know if he is compensated. I also don't know how the additional writers of the monthly edition are compensated. However, there is no way he can escape his 16% contribution to SS, contribution to federal unemployment and state unemployment. If the additional writers receive payment, he has to pay half of their portion and is probably also required to have worker's compensation.

In today's business environment, one has to be so careful of admitting even the tiniest error, mush less unintentional mistakes because it's literally possible to land in jail before you know it. Believe me, I've had personal experience in this area.

For those unhappy about the print delays, ask yourself exactly what you have lost - what - maybe as much as $100?? I consider the loss of objective ideas be far worse. My last payment to TIA for both editions was in March 2007. I have not received another notice. Is it worth it to add more burden to the Trancinskis to recoup such a small loss? I refuse to believe that he is intentionally trying to be unethical, but, rather, there just aren't enough hours in the day to solve all the problems and sustain the work load. I remember at one point they were experiencing difficulty with their printer, and later with the company that bulked mailed the issues. How in the world he does all that reading just for the daily edition is beyond my comprehension.

Just my 2 cents on the subject.

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