I looked down at the little pile of books next to my favorite reading chair, and there sits a small, nicely bound hardcover edition of "The Virtue of Liberty" by Tibor Machan. He took ideas seriously, and felt deep passions for liberty - so much so that writing, teaching, and speaking about these ideas became his entire life. And we are all the richer for that.
He was a unique in a world that is too often filled with cookie cutter clones. He was an individual who spoke clearly on individualism. He said and wrote on more than one occassion of getting out of Hungary - of escaping communism - and he never forgot the real, the practical, the concrete horrors of collectivism. He was a political and philosophical theorist who understood that it was much more than theory.
I'll miss his articles here on RoR - there was never a single one that I didn't open up as soon as I saw it, reading every word. This is a sad day.