This is very sad news. I talked to Tibor recently. He went through a pretty bad spell last year where he was worried he wouldn't recover, but fortunately did. He had recovered enough that he started writing again and we were fortunate enough to get to share his articles here. It's sad to hear that it didn't last.
Tibor was a tireless defender of liberty. When he was healthy, he would be writing constantly. He had described his process to me on one of the occasions I met him in person. He made a concerted effort to get his thoughts on paper as soon as he was able to. If he thought of something he wanted to say, he'd sit down as soon as he could and write it up. Sometimes he'd send out multiple columns in a day. And this was all on top of his many books, lectures, etc.
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.
“In my memoir, The Man Without a Hobby (2004), I quote from a letter Rand wrote me back in 1962. It goes like this: ‘. . . I want to stress, as the most important advice I can give you, that no matter what intellectual errors you may make in the future, do not ever accept the idea that rationality is evil or that it can ever be proper to discard your mind. So long as you hold this as an absolute, you will be safe, no matter what errors you make. But if one doubts or rejects one’s own mind, one commits an act of spiritual suicide and the greatest evil possible to man.’” – Tibor