TOC is too cowardly, compromising, timorous, tepid & tame.
Here we are with the TOC-bashing again.
I reread your article: “TOC, SOLO ... and KASS” by Lindsay Perigo. In it you said, after praising the TOC Summer Seminar in Vancouver, that you experienced
Well, let's look a little closer to home. The most visible part of SOLO is this website. So, if someone comes here for the first time, what will he/she see? First, an article entitled "Saving for Greatness" by Luther Setzer. In this article we get the following:
... a deep anxiety over TOC's lack of what I came to call - borrowing from the American colloquialism - the "kick-ass" factor (in all public discourse hereafter, I shall refer to it as KASS). All present in Vancouver seemed aware that TOC lacks KASS - the sharp polemical edge that should accompany the scholarly deliberations on which TOC wants to be able to pride itself.
Your savings, believe it or not, affect the way you stand, the way you walk, the tone of your voice -- in short, your physical well-being and self-confidence. A man without savings is always running.Useful advice? Perhaps. But, not KASS.
Another article found is "The Plague of Postmodernism" by Edward W. Younkins. An interesting article, but basically already said by Stephen Hicks. Wait; isn’t he at TOC?
One of the best recent articles was "Transitioning to Self-Interest" by Joe Rowlands. It was well written and argued and very worthwhile. But KASS; I don’t think so. In fact, it was just the kind of article I would expect from TOC.
Then we have the thread: Chapter 13 - The Fountainhead. In this thread we have a “Christian libertarian” (whatever the hell that is) who thinks he can pick and choose which parts of objectivism fit his “integrated philosophy for life (Christ).” And another poster saying to him “lets agree to disagree on whether atheism is a form of faith or not”! Is this the "the sharp polemical edge" you're striving for?
So, what's my point? Well, I just don't see a whole lot of KASS here. Don't get me wrong; I love this site. But, I think you're demanding of others what you don't deliver yourself. The only KASS here right now is probably my ass getting kicked for writing this, but that's OK.