Free Radical 75 hits the streets...

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-05-09 23:34

Now at 75 issues and still going strong, the latest Free Radical magazine has a bold new look, all-new content and it really hits the streets running.

The kick ass cover (and such a gorgeous ass too) fronts an issue where ass is very seriously kicked. You do not want to miss out!

DAVID KOPEL, LECH BELTOWSKI & PETER CRESSWELL between them dissect the Virginia Tech shooting, and the moronic idea that gun-free zones would disarm a killer. As the cover says, criminals prefer their victims unarmed -- gun-free zones are just what they ordered, really.

And what sort of vapid moron feels sorry for the killer? News of that inside too, and analysis of the philosophy behind the moron and of the vapid idea that wishing away violence will somehow not encourage more of it.

Affordable housing! It's on everyone's agenda, so why are houses becoming less and less affordable by the day -- "seriously unaffordable" according to recent studies! OWEN McSHANE, GREG BALLE & PETER CRESSWELL point out who Alan Bollard has to shoot, why he should get shot next, and for what crimes they should all be be shot -- including the crime of destroying a beach-side Kiwi tradition.

News inside too of the 'Peer Review Mafia' - those gatekeepers of science who in recent years have become something different. Scientists VINCENT GRAY & S. FRED SINGER explain what that 'something' is. It's not good, and the results have not been good for science.

And what has happened to British Tories since the days of Margaret Thatcher? The phenomenon of Pink Tories outflanking Labour on the left is not confined to New Zealand -- indeed the UK Tories' Labour-Lite blatherings are what the NZ Pink Tories are emulating. SPARTACUS explains why all is NOT hunky dory in the world of Tory Glory.

How about the coup in Fiji? Could it, might it, can it be justified? TIM WIKIRIWHI argues with America's Founding Fathers that we all hold a right of revolution against tyrannical
government, and why he sees Commodore Bainimarama as fighting in that tradition. This is the issue that saw Tim leave Libertarianz. Get your copy to find out why.

All that and more, including:

  • Pictures and protest from the anti-anti-smacking rally -- and LINDSAY PERIGO's outing of the REAL child abusers;
  • why NZ's Reserve Bank Governor should shoot the town planners (and how those planners are destroying a Kiwi tradition AND the human spirit);
  • all about creativity, and what a Hungarian psychologist, Maria Montessori and Eric Clapton have in common;
  • why globalisation is good;
  • why Maria Callas was The Geatest of Them All ...

And that's all without even mentioning the 'Lefty Lexicon'; the kick ass reviews of kick ass movies including '300,' and 'The Great Global Warming Swindle'; and (to continue a theme) JASON ROTH's investigation of when a woman's ass is not an ass ... all that and more -- much, much more.

THIS IS A MAGAZINE YOU MUST HAVE. IN SHOPS MONDAY!

Or Subscribe now, this minute, and begin your subscription to the best libertarian magazine in the world with this kick ass issue. (Or buy a digital copy online, and then subscribe!)

You know you want to!


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Mine arrived yesterday morning

Kenny's picture

It has brightened up a rotten week. I have a dreadful virus just as the weather is getting hot and sunny again!

It is no surprise that this issue has been praised and plugged on radio. Peter has done a great job. I am sure that American libertarians would love it too.

P-p-p-p-p ... p-p-p ...

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P-p-p-p-p ... p-p-p ... p-p... p ..

Christ, I need a beer already. Smiling

PC

Ha!

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I suspect Leighton has always liked the magazine, but it's far easier for him to give it a good plug when the editor isn't a competing broadcaster who appears frequently on the OTHER radio station, sometimes even in the same time slot!!

Hehe. But the same considerations didn't stop Paul Holmes plugging the magazine effusively several times over a period of years. The damnable thing was that his eulogies, though delivered to an even bigger audience than Leighton's, made negligible difference to subscriptions. Having my own show was the single best guarantor of a steady stream of subs. Better dust off those speech exercises PC. Smiling

Linz

Great!!

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Wow! It sure sounds like he likes it, don't it. Smiling

[You can hear the plug at this link here; the link will stay current for one week. The plug starts about ten minutes in.]

I suspect Leighton has always liked the magazine, but it's far easier for him to give it a good plug when the editor isn't a competing broadcaster who appears frequently on the OTHER radio station, sometimes even in the same time slot!!

But it's great to get such a plug for the magazine from NZ's only daily pro-capitalist broadcaster, someone who so clearly enjoys it!!!

Thanks for the heads up.

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

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A toast of Ouzo with Guinness chaser to the world's greatest libertarian magazine! I predict by issue 100 the magazine will be read 'round the world!

Great News!

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

Congratulations, Peter C !

Jim

FreeRad on Leighton Smith's show

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Peter, I can only imagine that the sales of the FreeRad will be up this issue as on his show today, Leighton Smith praised your editorship and recommended that listeners purchase the mag. Excellent free advertising to one of New Zealand's largest--if not the largest--radio audience.

coincidence!!

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I have recently taken up life drawing with charcoals as well, Peter!!! And....

oh never mind Smiling

Thanks! Looking forward to

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Thanks! Looking forward to it. And yes, I do have a great arse hanging around. The owner of said arse is just too damn shy to flaunt it! Smiling I'll keep trying to persuade her.

Cheers
Julian

Thanks Julian. I'll flick

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Thanks Julian.

I'll flick you a copy of the original pic. But don't you have another great arse up there in Kerikeri to use for life drawing? Smiling

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

Not an ally.

Peter Cresswell's picture

No, you're not an ally of Objectivism. That was precisely my meaning

Objectivism does not need you or anyone else like you -- Galt forbid such another person exist. Quite the reverse.

And I couldn't give two hoots what you "need" of me. Your need is no claim on anyone.

Pillock.

Peter Cresswell

Thank you for another

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Thank you for another excellent issue Peter! Smiling I am really enjoying the magazine. I'm renewing my subscription today.

P.S. Where can I secure a copy of the photo you used on the cover? I'd like to use it as a subject for a charcoal life-drawing. The tones and shading are great.

That will be okay. I think

PhilipC's picture

That will be okay. I think I've gotten my points across.

I would like to suggest...

Mitch's picture

that everyone STOP engaging Phil. The best way to nullify an attention seeker is to deprive him/her of attention. I know it will be hard, and the attention seeking will intensify (at least in the short term), but we have to stop feeding the beast. Besides, I think it will be fun to watch. Smiling

Not an ally of you

PhilipC's picture

Not an ally of you -personally- or any one particular magazine, but of Objectivism as an overall goal. Try to keep up with the -concept- and don't just focus on the word choice.

....

...And don't waste my time with silly one-liner 'rebuttal posts' of this nature. I need RW and you (well, maybe not you) and others to focus on the Ben Franklin point. And the insult and ad hominem point.

Not an ally.

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Coates: "Sam Adams wouldn't have gone about it by insulting his allies..."

You are not an ally.

Lessons of History....And Sense of Proportion

PhilipC's picture

> 'Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.' That sounds like an insult to me!

Robert, you gave the context yourself: "may your chains set lightly upon you." Not being willing to fight an oppressor or a tyrant -- that's hardly the same thing to question someone's integrity about or denounce those who are on your own side for as doing nothing more than criticizing the cover or content of a magazine.

Is it?

And how does sliming Benjamin Franklin's personal life refute the fact that he was the voice of wisdom who held the often quarreling revolutionaries, founders, and constitution writers together?

Who urged them to remember the larger cause and stop insulting each other? To debate things with civility and without trying to demean the character or motivations of each other.

To stop puttiing their parochial or state interests ahead of the larger cause of defeating the mightiest power on earth? ...and who pointed out in this regard that they need to work together as allies: "If we don't all hang together, we shall surely all hang separately."

Whatever, dude.

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Go point for point if you want, Phil.  But you're being a dick.

This is a thread about the new issue on which these guys worked hard, and of which they are proud.  You haven't read the fucker, nor any FreeRad but the one you bought, who knows how long ago.

So I do not even see a valid basis for criticsm.  You cannot even know what is in the damned thing.  Sorry you dont like yellow or the new logo. 

You have this thing where all it seems you do is criticize, constantly, without letup.  You aren't going anywhere in life if you cannot see the positive, and give credit where it is due.

That is one of the limitations of the internet.  You can hate cats, but still go on a cat website  and piss all over cats.  If you were at a live meeting, they'd ask you to leave.  Or you'd catch an ass whipping, which would be a less-subtle way of teaching people with no social skills how to behave.  Evidently, you have to be taught that people do not go to a cat lover's meeting to hear about how cats suck.

Start your own thread "How To Publish A Successful Magazine" if it suits your fancy.  But in my book, someone actually publishing a magazine for 75 issues has alot more credibility than a semi-professional criticizer.

You are wrong on another count:  there is no mass media market for Objectivism nor an Objectivist magazine.  The general public does not know what Objectivism is, or they think it is a cult populated with fuckwits.  IT IS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OF STAGGERING AND HEROIC PROPORTION THAT LINZ AND PETER HAVE PUT OUT 75 ISSUES OF THEIR FINE FREE RADICAL.

Go ahead and compare it with People or Car and Driver if you want.  Just understand that they are doing something utterly different and should be praised for it.

Scott

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur!

Are you sure?

Robert's picture

Phil wrote:

"Sam Adams wouldn't have gone about it by insulting his allies or questioning their honesty or calling 'presumptuous' anyone who disagreed with his methods."

Samual Adams:

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

'Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.' That sounds like an insult to me!

"Or if he did, Ben Franklin would have set him straight and told him to act more maturely. "

The same Ben Franklin famed for drinking and sleeping his way through Paris?
The same Ben Franklin renown for ridiculing his own opponents in print?
The same Ben Franklin who often blamed his gout on his prolific appetite for Madeira Wine?
The same Ben Franklin who's... aw fuck who cares?

Me thinks you are again talking out of your arsehole.

> I keep thinking what Phil

PhilipC's picture

> I keep thinking what Phil would have said to Sam Adams about his first efforts to educate Americans in the 1700s about the tyranny of the English Monarchy.

Sam Adams wouldn't have gone about it by insulting his allies or questioning their honesty or calling 'presumptuous' anyone who disagreed with his methods.

Or if he did, Ben Franklin would have set him straight and told him to act more maturely.

It made money in NZ!

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That in of itself is a shining acheivement given the gratuitous concrete-bound lethargy most New Zealanders bring to politics. One only needs to look at the turkey's we've allowed to rule the country to see that founding political/philosophical magazines are not the path to riches in NZ.

But then again, if people only ever did these sorts of things to win popularity contests, nothing would ever change. I keep thinking what Phil would have said to Sam Adams about his first efforts to educate Americans in the 1700s about the tyranny of the English Monarchy.

What would a Brandonian think of the Boston Tea Party? Such rage!

Pissance, Prudishness, Perseverance and PC

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One of the reasons I stepped down as editor was that, after twelve years, I'd gone stale. The FreeRad had reached an apogee during the time I also had a daily radio show. It made money (not much), got quoted in Parliament, was read by movers and shakers, and "sold the pants off" its left-wing equivalent, Chris Trotter's Political Review (which had been going much longer), in the words of one retailer, Magnetix. Trotter himself told me he admired the FreeRad's professionalism and production values. No less a personage than then-National leader Don Brash was the keynote speaker at the 10th anniversary party for the FreeRad at Parliament.

But I was tired. Tired, in part, of the very lack of feedback PC mentions here. Local libertarians are, by and large, a bunch of useless wankers. In a sense, many of them are my "children"—and I'm ashamed of most of them. UINs, as I call them—Useless, Inert Nothings. It disgusted me that they left the burden of freedom-fighting to so few. As far as the FreeRad was concerned, they resolutely refused to know what they had in their midst. I was ready to hand it on. Apart from my own battle-fatigue, it needed to be taken, in the ghastly MBA vernacular, to the "next level."

Peter Cresswell has shown himself spectacularly more than equal to the task. Each issue he's produced since taking over has represented a "next level." In the afterglow of the latest bonny birth, he shouldn't have to put up with presumptuous, prudish, prissy, pompous jackassery from someone who doesn't read the magazine, doesn't subscribe to it, isn't familiar with it, and doesn't care about it other than as something else he can piss on, sight unseen.

Friendly criticism and advice is one thing; congenital, mean-spirited, gratuitous parade-pissing is quite another.

Linz

Thanks, & I look forwards to

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Thanks, & I look forwards to reading it.  I bought the digital version of the last edition, too - I find TFR is excellent ammunition for the time-poor activist :-)  Paraphrased:

    me: "Anthropogenic Global Warming is bunk."

    him: "Oh yeah - well (long list of arguments)."

    me: "Here, go read this and get back to me."

    him (sometime later): "Hey, you were right."

Works wonderfully :-)  If I were providing a sound-bite, I'd say "The Free Radical is an essential component of the intellectual activist's toolbox."

 

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The cover had the news

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Coates: "[Linz's post] -does- begin to lay to rest the impression I had of the mag being largely NZ-centric."

This of course is butt-covering bullshit. Coates could have learned most of what he says he's learned from simply reading the cover. His "impression" however was formed it seems in the absence of reading either cover or content. So much for his honesty.

His intention -- clear enough here as it is on other threads -- is simply to be a pissy little pest, to rain on someone's parade, to bitch and whine for the sake of nothing more than bitching and whining. It's all that he does.

Fortunately however his pestilential mini-crusade has instead encouraged feedback from actual readers (you know people who do subscribe, do read the magazine and do enjoy it) -- feedback I don't often get -- for which I thank everyone.

So his pissant prudishness has at least inadvertently performed a service.

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

1. > meanness of

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1. > meanness of spirit

Linz, I shouldn't have to point out to someone as intelligent as you are that criticizing a publication for i) garishness of layout or ii) NZ-centricness or iii) use of hard to untangle to too parochial jargon may be valid or invalid.

But it is not "meanness of spirit". [Nor, to allay any paranoia, is the intent to somehow prevent you from having a successful publication. I'd love to see competition for TIA, TOS, TNI. And I think a lively, funny, irreverent or comedic style is just what Oists need to have more often, if it is well-pulled off. There is a desperate need for good writers in the Oist movement and I've written about that elsewhere.]

Nor is it "meanness of spirit" to ask of someone who brags about how wonderful and successful his publication or project is for some ACTUAL PROOF in the form of, well.... NUMBERS.

Ok, now that we have that straightened out Here's what you and Irascible Butt Cover Boy (henceforth known as IBCOB) need to do . . . so pay attention . . .

One, stop being defensive!

Two, act your age and grow up both of you!! Learn to be objective and provide actual answers to criticism instead of launching nuclear weapons.

Three, you both like to use sarcasm against others on all sides in the Oist movement, so if you can dish it out you ought to be able to take it when I directed the -mildest- sarcasm at both of you. Instead you - Mr. IBCOB in particular - went ballistic.

...And have since done nothing but fling words like "troll", "envious", "mean-spirited", and "slimy" and "fuck you" and "you need to get laid" and girls names around.

Very mature.

2. Your most recent post, finally!, is the first attempt to **answer any of the damn questions** I asked:

"[the] issue deals...with Virginia Tech and gun control, globalisation, Montessori, the Fiji coup, the British Tories, etc... Joe's 300 review and Daniel Walden's tribute to Callas."

Far be it from "whatever question is asked and answered, whichever criticism is addressed, a new question will be raised and even more criticism generated" [the insulting, mind-reading, and psychologizing Mr. Cresswell], that -does- begin to lay to rest the impression I had of the mag being largely NZ-centric.

"Fourth, even the articles with a New Zealand focus have universal relevance, such as those on the doings of our equivalent of the Federal Reserve, the Reserve Bank."

And this would also do more to answer that, assuming you've translated it out of jargon and references that are hard for those overseas to parse.

(That was my main complaint from many of the pieces I'd seen either in hard copy or posted on Solo.)

DON'T MAKE ME HAVE TO COME OVER THERE!!!

Issue 75

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I've just retrieved my copy from the mailbox, and it is indeed outstanding—the best ever.

First, I'm pleased to see a more orderly Table of Contents page restored. The layout, I complained to Mr. C., was getting a bit pomo and dog's breakfasty. Fixed. My only complaint now is that the font is too small for me, infirm semi-blind old fart that I am.

Second, an issue that deals, among many other things, with Virginia Tech and gun control, globalisation, Montessori, the Fiji coup, the British Tories, etc., can hardly be said to be parochially Kiwi.

Third, it's nice to see Joe's 300 review and Daniel Walden's tribute to Callas in stylish hard copy.

Fourth, even the articles with a New Zealand focus have universal relevance, such as those on the doings of our equivalent of the Federal Reserve, the Reserve Bank.

Fifth, it's gratifying, naturally, to see myself at the top of the quotations column, with something very a propos right now: "Civility in the face of evil is no virtue; rage in the face of nihilism is no vice."

Sixth, for sheer variety of topics covered I doubt that any competitor comes close.

Seventh, as noted by Hayden Wood, the mag presents a matchless mix of seriousness and levity. Always has, if I may be so immodest. That's a function of its KASSness.

Eighth—Phyllis, you do yourself no credit with this wanton meanness of spirit. As I've said before, you'd whine if your bum were on fire, you'd whine if it weren't. I don't know the current readership figures, and if I did, like PC I wouldn't supply them to you. We could have as many readers as Penthouse and you'd still be pissing on us. Probably for that very reason. And using the platform I provide for you, which you also piss on. Do you get a glimmering of why we don't rate you, Phil?

Congrats, PC and all contributors. Excellent job.

Linz

Oh, the wit! Oh, the

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Oh, the wit! Oh, the humanity!

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

> an envious, slimy,

PhilipC's picture

> an envious, slimy, ill-meaning troll like you

Don't make me have to come over there and slap you around

Fun!

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"Is it possible its more fun being a freedom-lover in New Zealand than anywhere else?"

I think perhaps it's more fun being a New Zealander than anything else.

;^)

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

PS: Thanks Hayden. And thanks Michael. You make a great straight man. Smiling

I've done exactly that, Hayden

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And not only does 'brushing up' on whatever I don't know about NZ politics give me more insight into the articles of the FreeRad, but it adds more strength to any libertarian/objectivist point I am making 'here at home' in the United States. I like being able to say, "In New Zealand, a similarly ridiculous law the LibertariaNZ there are challenging..."

And even if the arse *was* garish - this non-prudish American appreciates the use! Is it possible its more fun being a freedom-lover in New Zealand than anywhere else? Smiling

Nothing.

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There is nothing that would shut up an envious, slimy, ill-meaning troll like you. Your flatulence is of a piece with your prudishness.

Because whatever question is asked and answered, whichever criticism is addressed, a new question will be raised and even more criticism generated because having the answers addressed is not what you're here to do: you're here to be a pest.

And that's it.

Peter Cresswell

Phil...

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Unless your primary target audience is New Zealand and Britain, you might want to make it less NZ and B-centric.

Or when you use jargon or names of people, institutions, sports events, laws, political parties known only to residents of those countries, you might want to include explanations of who these are.

But it's a New Zealand magazine Phil.  I think, this says more about you than the magazine.  If you don't find New Zealand interesting then it might not be the magazine for you, but it would be your loss.  I have read American libertarian magazines, and all I do look up anything about American politics I don't understand on the Interweb, take the principles of what they are trying to say, and apply it to New Zealand.  Surely you could do the same in reverse.

I think your complaints about the cover are quite off the mark - unless America is almost frighteningly more prudish than i realised - the cover does show an arse, but it is by no means garish, tasteless or shocking.

I really do think this magazine is the best ever, and that Peter is doing a fantastic job,  The layout is great, there is a broad range of articles, with a good balance of seriousness and levity.

Well, all right then.

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Well, all right then. You've certainly told me!!

And reasserted the wonderfulness of your publication -- without the necessity of presenting THE ONE FACT which would support it and shut up envious, slimy, ill-meaning trolls like me forever.

The actual number of people who read it.

MYOB

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If I was talking to an advertiser, a potential advertiser or an honest person I'd be happy to discuss that.

But not with a troll.

Why the interest in a magazine you haven't and wouldn't read?

Why all the 'advice' on promoting Objectivism when your own chief concern -- when you take time out from your inveterate hand wringing -- is pissing all over any such promotion, of which this promotion here at SOLO is obviously a part, and when your advice is neither asked for, sought, or worthwhile -- and your own record in such promotion is a big zero?

Why would either your advice or your questions be respected when you aren't.

And frankly, given your utter wetness -- so wet as to be of tidal proportions -- if you were to read a copy and you did enjoy it, I'd have to conclude that we'd done something wrong.

Now piss off and go and play on a motorway somewhere while I get on with preparing the next penetrating, kick-ass issue (for an audience that likes their analysis both enlightening and entertaining) of the magazine of which NZ's last leader of the opposition said, "We can only admire the tenacity of 'The Free Radical' as a journal of free thinking in a country with such a tiny market," and that George Reisman called "a magazine of rare courage and intellect."

Now those are people worth impressing. Not trolls.

Peter Cresswell

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How many years has the Free

PhilipC's picture

How many years has the Free Radical been in existence and what is its paid circulation?

Phil's purpose

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Was your intent with your original posting on this topic to provide constructive criticism? I'd go so far as to say that perhaps it was, but now that your comparing the Free Radical to the Los Angeles Times (a publication not fit to line a bird cage) and Scranton Gazette it seems you've lost sight of anything constructive a good while ago. Where do the other Objectivist-oriented publications you mention ans subscribe to stack up in this comparison?

And are they having as much FUN (there's that word again!) doing it?

> a magazine that's had 75

PhilipC's picture

> a magazine that's had 75 issues worth of success [Peter C]

Shouldn't that success best be measured by the paid circulation of any magazine? That's how professionals in the publishing business do it.

Rather than just how many issues have come out?

( After all the Los Angeles Times and the Scranton Ohio Gazette have probably produced the same number of issues in a given time period but the number of people who see it and are influenced by it is vastly different. )

Phil saw a picture of a naked bum...

Marcus's picture

...and got his tits in a tangle without having even read the content.

Peter asks for praise or criticism in the form of letters to the editor. I am not sure Phil would send one of those, it might actually involve him getting off his ass and actually reading it first!

I personally think Peter and Linz have achieved an incredibly good and ever-improving publication with the Free Rad.

Who asked for yours

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And why should your evaluation be valued? Go lick Barbara Branden's boots some more.

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> Why don't we leave it to

PhilipC's picture

> Why don't we leave it to the creator of the Free Radical to determine the criteria of success.

For the same reason that objectivity requires outside evaluation.

Criteria of success

JoeM's picture

Why don't we leave it to the creator of the Free Radical to determine the criteria of success.

Besides, Leonidas only needed 300 Spartans. Quality > quantity.

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Jim, this is a thread about

PhilipC's picture

Jim, this is a thread about the Free Radical. There don't need to be multiple threads on the same publication.

I consider it to be appropriate here and don't wish to move it.

Phil,Of course it's a valid

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

Phil,

Of course it's a valid question, but why ask it on the thread Peter created? Port it over to another thread and you might have some takers.

Jim

> a magazine that's had 75

PhilipC's picture

> a magazine that's had 75 issues worth of success [Peter C]

Shouldn't that success best be measured by the paid circulation of any magazine? That's how professionals in the publishing business do it. Rather than just how many issues have come out? After all the Los Angeles Times and the Scranton Ohio Gazette have probably produced the same number of issues in a given time period but the number of people who see it and are influenced by it is vastly different.

And Isn't one entitled to ask if an Oist project is *actually successful* or could be improved?

Or is that simply too "insulting" and should such annoying questions simply be ignored?

Phil,Suppose I work really

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

Phil,

Suppose I work really hard on something, get it out and I am proud of it. Am I looking for someone, that instant, to make a Simon Cowell style appraisal of my work? Probably not. If I do, it is personal and if someone comes back and calls me a jerk or worse I should be expecting it.

If you are frustrated from seeing Objectivist ventures go down the tubes, fine. There are probably some Best Known Methods that could be applied. However, remember that people own their own enterprises and can operate them as they see fit. Not respecting that is not respecting the Objectivist virtue of independence.

Jim

> Phil are you a subscriber?

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> Phil are you a subscriber?

Liz, I'm currently a subscriver to The Intellectual Activist, The New Individualist, and The Objective Standard and that's quite enough Objectivist reading material...I don't even finish all of them. I like to predominantly read NON-Objectivist material because I already know a lot about Objectivism and how to apply it to current events.

Plus the political and economic focus is less interesting to me after so many years of repetition than the other areas of the humanities, social sciences, etc.

I read one issue of Free Radical cover to cover (and some articles posted on Solo) and - so far -have found them of less quality on average than TIA, TNI, and TOS.

Thank you for the responses

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no flogging necessary.

Phil are you a subscriber? If not, why not try an "intellectual outreach" into your pocket.
I can assure you that you don't have to be from New Zealand to enjoy and/or comprehend
the magazine.Smiling

Thanks again
Liz

Envy? or Personal Feuds? or How to Succeed Issues?

PhilipC's picture

> ...I don't think Cresswell has done anything to you lately.

It's not about personalities (or some individual I am out to "get", or things "simmering" personally). To reduce the points I have to say on this thread to a purely psychological matter . . . or to that about me, to feuding on my part (or even my having 'started it') is somewhat unfair, Jim.

What is **important to me** is how to succeed in intellectual outreach, in producing a publication that works.

I thought I had made that clear.

On many threads, not just this one.

Hi Liz, Sorry about the

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Hi Liz,

Sorry about the delay. It's semi-manual process, and relies on me being awake and in front of the computer. Smiling You should have received an email about 3 hours ago with the details. Let me know if you need any further help - and enjoy your magazine! Smiling

Cheers
Julian

The SOLOPassion webmasters

Robert's picture

will contact you soon with a digital download URL. Linz is probably flogging them for their sloth as we speak!

"I don't think Cresswell has

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"I don't think Cresswell has done anything to you lately."

Never have. I've mostly just ignored him: and rarely have I met a man so much worth ignoring.

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

Fun!

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Thanks Michael. Clearly the po-faced pop-guns can't bear the idea that promoting Objectivism can be fun! Fun!! What are we thinking!!

Imagine the foolishness of a magazine that's had 75 issues worth of success of boldly injecting Objectivism into the mainstream! What are we thinking!!

Thank Galt that Headmistress Coates can put us right!

Smiling

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

Mr Coates

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You labour under the serious misapprehension that either your opinion or yourself is worthy of respect.

I've never seen any single reason to consider it so.

Peter Cresswell

Phil

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Phil,

I understand this has been simmering for a while and I have not reviewed all of the bidding, but you threw the first punch in this case. I don't think Cresswell has done anything to you lately.

Jim

I liked FreeRad then and now

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And I'm nowhere near as educated or, dare I say, as Objectivist, as those who may criticize the Free Radical. Even with all my 'limitations' and having only a limited idea of what specific locations, laws and jargon many of the articles contained, I still found it a better read than other libertarian-ish magazines of the 90's and no doubt also today. My ignorance of New Zealand-specifics didn't stop me from phoning in to Linz' radio show at the time, and even making a personal appearance in the studio once, in spite of my on-air blatant butchering of various pronunciations (even the pronunciation of 'LibertariaNZ' I flubbed by emphasizing the separate letters at the end). Regardless, it was great fun, AND SO IS THIS MAGAZINE, which is more than I can say for other libertarian and objectivist publications, IMO.

It was my hope 'back in the day' to see enough 'international' libertarian/objectivist content added to the magazine so that it could become 'the' international libertarian/objectivist magazine. One of the many things I regret about my prodigal departure in the early 2000's is not personally doing what I could to see that happen. I still think it could, if in fact international readership (namely here in the US) is still a potential goal of the current editor. Smiling

I love the new logo and its similarity to the really *old* logo - I still have some of those issues designed by techno-loving fellow 'Yank' Tom. The cover gets attention, generates potential controversy, and I imagine will SELL, all of which are good things! And let's not be too hasty to criticize pornography or being associated therewith...

All in all, GOOD ON YA KIWIS! LUV IT!

> What if they really do

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> What if they really do want to run an NZ magazine?

Jim, I recall Linz saying the purpose was to gain circulation overseas in which case my point about translating the NZ jargon would apply. But notice they haven't even replied on this issue or said this.

> Also, if you want to make an effective criticism, why make it so personal?

You point is well-taken. My last line of sarcasm, "Of course, you don't have to follow my advice. You're free to continue to have a circulation of minus 30." at the end of my first post on the NZ-centric question was poorly chosen. Maybe it is what touched off the always irascible Mr. C to feel he didn't have to reply with any more substantive an answer than "get fucked".

But, Jim, I'd feel better about your critique of my style of presentation in the above posts if you also criticized as 'getting personal' the following level of response in the above posts: "get fucked...you should be able to thrash them with both hands glued to your todger (if you haven't been glued them there already)...you should get phucked, Phyllis...Americans like you believe that they have no need of knowledge that doesn't arise from within America's shores."

Or if you at the same time criticized the psychologizing by RW of my base motives as being driven by envy or the fear of competition: " [Phil seems to want] to piss on [non-American] efforts least they get uppity... [ these efforts] challenge the objectivist landscape in America."

Those are the kinds of unjust and psychologizing remarks not just here, but repeated month after month, which make me have the tendency to "get personal" ... and which drove away some of the ARI people and have caused Linz and Peter to lose their audience and then be shocked and horrified that they are not more successful and can't afford to expand their efforts.

The Logical Mistake of Simply NOT ADDRESSING the Points Raised

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Guys, -instead- of addressing the specific points I raised about what might be wrong with the magazine, when what matters is the -criticisms- and whether they are valid and if there is actually any improvement to be made, you choose to simply *dodge* or *deflect* or *forget* responding to them.

And instead (as so often on Solo) you guys between you raise an alternative menu of side issues you'd rather talk about. Including:

1. if you haven't started your own project you don't have the right to criticize mine,
2. another libertarian magazine(Drunk is WORSE ((which is sort of like Johnny hit me first and is logically a separate issue and isn't relevant to whether there are mistakes with this one or whether it is well-written or too unclear in its NZ references)),
3, once again the character attack, which some of you can't seem to avoid with anyone who makes you angry: a sequence of bizarre hypotheses about my -motives-, Americans, and the like [RW]
4. The argument from authority: the Solo and magazine principals have reached a certain status in life (architect, former TV announcer) and therefore you shouldn't doubt? aren't qualified? to judge or criticize their skills or their results
5. the "Marquis of Queensbury" issue: you criticize all the time, Phil, and are too nasty either in quantity or form. So we, Linz and the Butt Designer, don't have to engage our brains to think about your criticism. We can just get mad at -you- for the -fact- of your criticizing.
6. manipulating language, such as repeatedly using the word "pissing on" (an improper activity) rather than "criticizing" (which is something that requires thinking about and can't be dismissed out of hand). By saying "you are always pissing on..." you relieve yourselves (no pun intended) from having to actually address the criticisms.

And - notice the result of side issues, of emotionalism, of deflecting issues, of switching to *attack the unpleasant messenger*:

You guys didn't -actually address- the main criticisms I raised about: profanity and insults, taste, bookshelf-suitability, and NZ-centricness. (Exception: I'll address Jim on the NZ-centric issue in another post below: he raises the only good issue in the above series of posts.)

What matters to you should be the criticisms and whether they are valid. Or, if not, a simple answer.

Here is an example in pattern of what one could do, responding seriously and factually: "Phil, the reason we use a cover like this is...the reason we do X.... we hope to increase our circulation in the U.S. by means of ... here's our plan for bookstore and newsstand shelves." Or "No, we don't see this as non-NZ oriented....because..."

Digital Subscription

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I purchased the most recent digital issue and received my receipt, but
cannot seem to locate where to download the PDF.

Someone please help. My couch potato day is wasting away.Smiling

Liz

Phil's criticisms

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Phil,

What if they really do want to run an NZ magazine?

Also, if you want to make an effective criticism, why make it so personal? Why not simply point things that you like about competitors like The New Individualist or if you want to get into the big leagues The Economist.

The libertarian movement already has magazines that have sold out like Treason or magazines that crap all over Rand at every opportunity like "Liberty". I see them at Borders and Barnes and Noble. Thank Galt The Free Radical isn't one of those. I never see you criticizing them.

Besides, I imagine that being a TV Newscaster and an successful architect, Linz and Peter know something about polish and presentation. I imagine they longed for a vehicle to really express their radical ideas and sensibilities and this is it. I laughed when I saw the cover because I knew I could "barely" open up the solopassion webpage in the office.

Jim

I'm happy to let honest,

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I'm happy to let honest, intelligent people here decide for themselves the value of advice offered by someone who spends most of his spare time pissing on whatever passing parade he can find.

As for the magazine, it speaks for itself. With all due respect to the editor of 70 of the Free Radical's fine issues, Issue 75 really is the best Free Radical ever.

If it doesn't appeal to Mistress Coates, then that only confirms the assessment. I'd be disappointed if it did.

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

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Thanks Phil

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I Linz and I Peter,
1. Already know everything.

We know just about everything, actually, though we try not to make it too obvious. Thanks for the acknowledgement, though. Means a lot coming from someone who really does know everything.

2. No one could possibly tell me anything about how to run a magazine.

We'll make an exception for you, though, Phil, given the stunning success of your own mag.

3. I don't need no stinkin' advice or change. Since FreeRad it has been SO successful in circulation up to now. Thousands of readers.

Readers? We have readers?

4. I'll just indulge in the brilliant and witty repartee of...wait for it.....telling them to get laid!!! And using a -girl's- name. WOW, how clever - haven't heard that since grade school.

Grade school? Nah, we don't go for that intellectual stuff.

Next cover: Barfing - in screaming yellow ink. Purpose: to make it clear to the more retarded readers that the welfare state makes us sick.

Terrific idea, Phil! It'll be a toss-up between that and shitting, I guess. Whaddaya think, Mr. Editor?

You're onto it, Phil! Onya, mate! Yo da man!

Linz
Editor Emeritus, The Free Radical
Immature redneck foulmouthed halfwit

So if you're so shit hot Phil,

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where's your magazine? Come to think of it where's your website and your Objectivist organisation?

If Peter and Linz are doing ~such~ a shit job that you should be able to thrash them with both hands glued to your todger (if you haven't been glued them there already).

Here's a radical hypothesis: maybe one of the main aims of the TFR is to reverse the philosophical trends in New Zealand. I can't think why that might be true. I mean it isn't as if the magazines financiers, the current editor, most of the contributing authors and founder were born there -- is it?

No, no, far better for them to risk their cash investiment attempting to change the philosophical landscape in a country many of them can't afford to visit, let alone immigrate too - assuming Uncle Sam increases the number of H1B VISAs so that they might be allowed to were they to ever get enough money...  

And here's second hypothesis seeing as you liked the first so much: Maybe paying attention to the mistakes made in NZ under a socialist leadership cut from the same cloth as the Hillary and her Democratic cohorts might serve as a lesson to certain Americans who think that socialism isn't all that bad compared to christianity...

But I'm forgetting something aren't I? The fact that Americans like you believe that they have no need of knowledge that doesn't arise from within America's shores. Likewise there is no point in applauding the efforts of objectivists outside of those shores, better to piss on their efforts least they get uppity and form websites of their own which do challenge (in a more cost effective way then a magazine can) the objectivist landscape in America too.  

What was that you said about arrogant objectivists again?

Proving my Point about Arrogance and Hubris!!!!

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> "you should get phucked, Phyllis." [Linz]

Of course there is always the possibility of actually adopting some of the criticisms and making the publication less-NZ centric and the covers more attractive for bookstore shelves.

But it's more fun to sink to the level of using profanity (3rd grade profanity at that!!) to **attack the messenger** rather than actually having to swallow your pride and arrogance . . . and learn from someone.

I Linz and I Peter,

1. Already know everything.
2. No one could possibly tell me anything about how to run a magazine. (How DARE you criticize us!!! But we're not arrogant know it alls. Nope. Not us.)
3. I don't need no stinkin' advice or change. Since FreeRad it has been SO successful in circulation up to now. Thousands of readers.
4. I'll just indulge in the brilliant and witty repartee of...wait for it.....telling them to get laid!!! And using a -girl's- name. WOW, how clever - haven't heard that since grade school.

Should put that right in the magazine. Fits right in with the pre-adolescent butt cheeks in intellectual level.

Next cover: Barfing - in screaming yellow ink.

Purpose: to make it clear to the more retarded readers that the welfare state makes us sick.

I also think ...

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... you should get phucked, Phyllis. And then phucked again. And again and again and again. You're clearly not getting any. Not getting laid causes leprosy, KASSlessness, permanent menstruation, morbid attention-seeking and prissyholism.

I'm not volunteering though.

Any SOLOist prepared to help out in this emergency?

Linz

"Get Fucked" !!! -- Peter B.

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"Get Fucked" !!! -- Peter B. Cresswell

Said with the objectivity of temperament in the face of criticism and elegant command of the English language which shows why he is such a good choice to be an editor.

Phil, Get fucked. Cordially,

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Phil,

Get fucked.

Cordially, Peter Cresswell

Jeezuz

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Bring your umbrellas; Phil's gotta piss on everyone's parade today.

Phil, I think they wanted to put your face on the cover, but who'd know the difference?

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Spaceplayer Sight and Sound

Also, one more word of

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Also, one more word of unsolicited advice: if you have any hope or intention of getting it on newsstands -or the all-important shelves of the bookstores (other than in the porno section) where more and more magazines are sold in the U.S. - garish isn't appealing for an intellectual periodical.

Nor is sensationalist, shock value, "look how kassy my fraternity prank style art work is". A warm ripe butt staring you in the face which has really nothing to do with the right of self-defense but is sort of a prank isn't going get shelved anywhere (certainly not in Current Affairs or Politics section of the bookstores in major cities.)

Will appeal more to rednecks or readers of tabloids, not thoughtful people. Maybe that works in NZ. But not here.

Unless your primary target

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Unless your primary target audience is New Zealand and Britain, you might want to make it less NZ and B-centric.

Or when you use jargon or names of people, institutions, sports events, laws, political parties known only to residents of those countries, you might want to include explanations of who these are.

Else it's like reading the Illiad in the original Pig-Latin, a lot like reading many of the posts by Ross on this site about his food and recipe preferences Smiling

Of course, you don't have to follow my advice. You're free to continue to have a circulation of minus 30.

:-)

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Butt of course!

Oh, Marcus...

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...you're very cheeky Eye

A brilliant brand-spanking new issue!!!

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Well-rounded, but yet full and firm Smiling

Yes, the new logo...

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...reeks of plaid-wearing, chainsaw-wielding, six-foot-hot-luck, all-Kiwi male, non-wimpishness.

Onya, Peter. This'll raise the thrust quotient of the FreeRad by many inches.

And--gimme more ass!!

Logo

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Although this new one is Elliot-friendly in the thickness of its font, it still resembles the original, done by my then-partner, Tom, a graphic designer from Minnesota whom I dragged kicking and screaming from the rut of tutoring at the Wanganui Polytechnic's Design School to the scary world of private enterprise. He is now an award-winning art director with Saatchi and Saatchi. Unfortunately he liked techno-music and I had to shoot him. When that didn't work he decided to leave me anyway. Can't imagine why.

He and his fellow-American designer Steve did some really great covers for the very early issues. The current designer, Graham Clark, who's done fantastic covers also, presented me with a big poster consisting of all 70 covers up to that point at the Libz conference last year. I love it. We should probably add it to the Store.

By the way...

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...that's a bitchin' new logo--simple, but strong... maybe SOLO could secure the services of the designer. Smiling

UPDATED

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NB: This post has now been updated with the full promo for this issue, which one long-term subscriber has already been called "one of the best issues I’ve read."

Now, back to your normal programming. Smiling

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

Kicking bottom

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I do like a cover that kicks arse. Or ass. Those cheeks are not for turning. Smiling

And like the post says, subscribe now to make sure you're included in the first mail-out tomorrow.

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

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**Setting Brushfires In People's Minds**

ORGANON ARCHITECTURE
**Integrating Architecture With Your Site**

ban me as well from this thread then

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Since my post here wholeheartedly endorses the use of the 'feminine end' for the latest Free Radical, though on the surface it may be difficult for me to differentiate from my 'other' magazines... Smiling

Elliot

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You're banned from this thread.

Peter...

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...don't listen to Perigo, you stick with the female derrière. Eye

Goodness!

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That's a KASS ass! Is it Potts'?

Next time, a nice pair of taut male buttocks for editor-emeritus-fart's edification? Smiling

Bottoms up mate

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Love your magazine...and with front covers like that you'll turn a profit irrespective of the content.

Does that behind perhaps belong to one in our midst?

Just asking

Hilton

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

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