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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.

Your points are well taken. We all wish him well I'm sure. My own suspicions have been that he is in financial strife. I still think that good manners and responsibility require keeping your clients informed. A simple "I regret the delays, and have every intention of meeting my obligations. Circumstances have overwhelmed me at this time, so I ask for your patience."

Is this too much to ask?

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I am not a subscriber to TIA but I do not think one needs to be to comment.

I expect all companines and individuals to meet hardships, that is the nature of life. But, when either one does run into hardships the best response is to face up to it and take the responsiblity. I really cannot imagine what was going through Robert's mind to wait over a year to respond and even then not directly to the situation. I would be out of business if I treated my clients like that and it would be just.

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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.

Your points are well taken. We all wish him well I'm sure. My own suspicions have been that he is in financial strife. I still think that good manners and responsibility require keeping your clients informed. A simple "I regret the delays, and have every intention of meeting my obligations. Circumstances have overwhelmed me at this time, so I ask for your patience."

Is this too much to ask?

No it isn't, but fear can overide good manners - and I by no means have all the facts. One of my faults is that I'm don't always hold others to the standard that I demand of myself. I hope no one was offended by my comments.

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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.

I think the issue runs deeper than just the delayed monthly print issues. I don't remember the date, but it was several years ago, I received a letter from TIA inviting me to become a TIA's World of Ideas member.

Excerpt from the letter.

The TIA World of Ideas membership begins with a premium subscription to TIA: a five-year subscription to our regular print edition, plus five years of our electronic edition in PDF format, which is available on our website as soon as the issue goes to press--giving you exclusive early access to the latest articles in TIA.
The price for this special, five-year membership is $1,000.

Remember that you're getting five years of the regular print edition of TIA, worth $240 by itself, plus five years of the electronic edition of TIA, plus five years of TIA Daily, worth $380, plus full access to TIA Radio and to all of the new features we are introducing on our website.

At the time, I was an avid reader of both the monthly and daily editions and was seriously considering making the investment. I won't go into the details, but while I was considering this investment some redflags started to occur to me and I decided to hold off on making the committment. Hindsight, now tells me my redflags were correct.

When my TIA Daily subscription became due, I did not renew. I do not know how much of my monthly subscription I have left. It is a shame it has come down to this because there are some back issues of the TIA Monthly that I want to purchase and would do so if I knew what the status on my monthly subscription was. At this time, I have sent an e-mail using the e-mail address provided on my TIA Daily renewal notice. That e-mail was returned with a user unknown reply. I also sent an email from The Intellectual Activist website but have not received a response. I will wait a couple of weeks and hope that the newest edition arrives in the mail box.

I can understand the disappoint and frustration being expressed on this thread. Personally, I am glad I listened to my doubts and didn't invest the $1000.

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I still think that good manners and responsibility require keeping your clients informed. A simple "I regret the delays, and have every intention of meeting my obligations. Circumstances have overwhelmed me at this time, so I ask for your patience."

Is this too much to ask?

Nope!

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... there just aren't enough hours in the day to solve all the problems and sustain the work load ...

Are there enough hours in the day for him to tell those who trusted him with their money, what's going on??

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Well, I just got the Vol. 19, No. 12 issue, which, interestingly, has no date on the cover. Page 3 says it was published in March 2008.

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Well, I just got the Vol. 19, No. 12 issue, which, interestingly, has no date on the cover. Page 3 says it was published in March 2008.

Mine arrived last week.

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Well, I just got the Vol. 19, No. 12 issue, which, interestingly, has no date on the cover. Page 3 says it was published in March 2008.

Mine arrived last week.

Yes, I received mine a couple of days ago as well. I currently have a request in for a refund on the unused portion of my subscription and a complaint filed with the Office of Consumer Affairs for the State of Virginia. As Tracinski did not reply to my letters, I had no other choice.

I'm not sure what to do about all of this now. I'm inclined to wait and see if he keeps current with his publication, although I'd be surprised if he does. Even this issue was received two months late, given that it was published in March. But Tracinski is an excellent writer and thinker, and I enjoy reading his magazine. So, we'll see. If he doesn't stay current, he will have lost a subscriber.

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Yes, I received mine a couple of days ago as well. I currently have a request in for a refund on the unused portion of my subscription and a complaint filed with the Office of Consumer Affairs for the State of Virginia. As Tracinski did not reply to my letters, I had no other choice.

I'm not sure what to do about all of this now. I'm inclined to wait and see if he keeps current with his publication, although I'd be surprised if he does. Even this issue was received two months late, given that it was published in March. But Tracinski is an excellent writer and thinker, and I enjoy reading his magazine. So, we'll see. If he doesn't stay current, he will have lost a subscriber.

I am not a subscriber, but I still find it absolutely amazing that an Objectivist like Mr. Tracinski does not value other people's money.

It takes exactly Ten minutes to write a short email stating that due to unforeseen circumstances there will be delays and that he is sorry. It takes another few minutes to CC everyone, and send the Email. I don't think that (barring some kind of tragedy or emergency), Mr. Tracinski could not find those 10-15 minutes (or even an hour!) during the last few months to tend to the people who paid him with their money and explain to them why there are delays.

Personally, I cannot disconnect a man's ideas from his actions. I cannot read ideas written by people, who then act not in accordance with their written word. Perhaps I am judging Mr. Tracinski unfairly since I do not know all the facts, but from the things that subscribers to his magazine have written on this thread, and using common sense, I think that Mr. Tracinski did not act fairly with his subscribers.

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Its been about two months since I received the supposed return of the TIA Monthly.

TIA Monthly April 2008

Has anyone else not received another issue?

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Tracinski finally coughed up a refund (without a word of explanation or apology) 12 weeks after I wrote to him. (That was 20 weeks after I e-mailed him for a refund.)

I wonder whether, if I had not included that magic phrase

cc: Postal Inspector, Charlottesville VA

in my letter, I would still be waiting.

I, for one, will never trust Tracinski with another penny as long as I live. I prefer to deal with those who see business transactions as a mutual trade to mutual benefit, not with those who see them as a mere means to bolster the cash flow of one of the parties.

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Its been about two months since I received the supposed return of the TIA Monthly.

TIA Monthly April 2008

Has anyone else not received another issue?

I never received the first resurrected issue, let alone another one. It has been so long and the publication was so irregular even when they were occassionally mailed out that I don't know how many I am supposed to receive, but I never got a renewal notice either. One of the effects of his practices is that they cause so much confusion that it is hard to untangle what we are entitled to.

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... It has been so long and the publication was so irregular even when they were occassionally mailed out that I don't know how many I am supposed to receive, but I never got a renewal notice either. One of the effects of his practices is that they cause so much confusion that it is hard to untangle what we are entitled to.

True. Last time around, Tracinski billed my credit card several months before the nominal expiration date, then modified the coding on TIA's mailing labels, in midstream. So it took me around an hour to figure out what I was still due.

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I noticed that The TIA Monthly has a new volume out. I sent the editor of TIA an e-mail inquiring about my subscription and this issue but have received no response.

Have any Forum members received Volume 20, Number 1 Sep 30, 2008.

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I have written off the subscription money paid by me. I am astounded that someone who knows what the right thing to do, is has acted this way. If he was having financial difficulties, he should have told those he contracted with. They could not think less of him, than his current actions have led them to. I cannot imagine a plausible excuse for this lack of communication.

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I have written off the subscription money paid by me. I am astounded that someone who knows what the right thing to do, is has acted this way. If he was having financial difficulties, he should have told those he contracted with. They could not think less of him, than his current actions have led them to. I cannot imagine a plausible excuse for this lack of communication.

I wrote my subscription money off a long time ago also, I was surprised however to see that a new issue had come out. So I am curious how many members have actually received an issue. So far two of us haven't.

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A miracle: I just got the next issue of The Intellectual Activist, V20, N1.

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And now I just got another one in the mail!!!!! Two issues in one week!!!!!

Wow. Production is up and going up. ^_^

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I just received two issues, one right after the other, too. It has been so long that I don't know how many were skipped and I lost track long ago of how many more are in my subscription. I suppose he sent these two out because the election is only a few days away and the articles would have otherwise become out of date. There are some very good articles, although these issues have been discussed elsewhere for a long time, such as here on the Forum. But I haven't had time to read all of them yet and by the time I and others can some of them will be out of date anyway.

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Well what do you know? I just received my Volume 20, Number 1 of The Intellectual Activist.

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One Saturday evening two or three years ago, fed up with the epileptic delivery of The Intellectual Activist magazine, and having lost count of how many issues I had left on my subscription, I phoned Tracinski to discuss the matter.

He answered my call. I told him I was a fan of his work, but that his poor handling of the TIA subscriptions reflected badly on him, and that it was becoming increasingly difficult for me to defend him publicly. He listened patiently, told me that a new issue would soon go out explaining the status of the magazine and subscriptions, told me how many issues I had left, and thanked me for my call.

A few new issues did go out, but by the time I received the first of them, I had lost all interest in the magazine. I continued to extend goodwill to him, however, because he was one of the few columnists who wrote vigorously for open immigration. I told myself that if putting up with his poor management was the price of one strong voice out there on my side, I would gladly pay.

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The first two issues of Volume 20 arrived today.

Those are the ones focusing on the "upcoming" election that I got a few days before the election. They are still worth reading.

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I just got my request for annual subscription renewal. WOW. It's been a whole year since I last subscribed. ;)

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