|At the risk of being called a pussy, I'd like to inject a note of caution:|
1. Wait quite a bit longer before making final judgements on TOC version #2. Ed Hudgins has only been in charge a few months at TOC. It takes time to change anything (magazines, writers, projects). First a new manager needs time to learn. You try to radically change the direction of a boat instantly and all you do is capsize it. You try to change an organization that depends on donors who were enlisted in the old projects without time for explanation and persuasion, you end up with no donors.
2. There is a division of labor between balls out, confrontational, lively, and emotional styles of persuasion and building-bridges, focus-first-on-what-we-agree on, careful, scholarly, dry styles of persuasion. Aristotle tended more toward the latter, sacrificing emotion for weighing all sides and judiciously and non-dismissively treating their arguments with care and fairness. There are readers and audiences who clearly like one and are *completely* turned off by the other. Objectivism needs to attract both (and all) kinds of people.
Thus we need organizations which are like Solo and organizations which are very unlike Solo. But hopefully doing a better job ... and not to the point of dullness or wordiness or dryness or incomprehensibility ... than TOC release #1.
Ideally, it is not either-or and one can combine both styles and appeal to both types of people -- "the artist" and "the accountant" -- but that is *extremely* difficult. Just be happy if you're good at one of these, and don't demonize the guy who is only good at or interested in the other.