Whatever Happened to ... ?
Over the years there have been a variety of websites and mailing lists that discussed Ayn Rand and Objectivism. A number of these have moved, stopped being updated, or simply disappeared. If you've been searching for a site you used to visit or a mailing list you read about somewhere, and can't find it, check below to see what may have happened to it.
- Diana Mertz Brickell's Applied Objectivism site -- Also sometimes referred to as the "Objectivism on the WWW" site. Brickell (now Diana Mertz Hsieh) is still involved with Objectivism, but this site no longer exists. Interested readers can visit her homepage for more information on Hsieh.
- Hans Schantz's Atlas Shrugged Homepage -- This site no longer exists.
- The California Institute for Applied Objectivism -- Although found on some link lists under a couple of different URLs, this website (and presumably the organization behind it) is defunct.
- Betsy Speicher's Cybernet -- This online newsletter service appears to have been replaced with postings to The Forum for Ayn Rand Fans.
- The Daily Objectivist -- Although the site was available for some time after new material was no longer published there, it has now been taken down and the domain is being used for an unrelated site. The site's former editor, David M. Brown, has a website featuring his own writings.
- The Institute for Objectivist Studies -- This organization renamed itself The Objectivist Center in 1999, and then renamed itself again to The Atlas Society (but kept the same website address) in 2006.
- The John Galt Line -- This site no longer exists.
- Lyceum International Conferences -- This conference service merged with Second Renaissance Books and Second Renaissance Conferences to form The Ayn Rand Bookstore. In February 2003, the Bookstore was acquired by the Ayn Rand Institute, which continues to operate the website.
- Paul Vixie's Objectivism (and Ayn Rand) WWW Service -- This site still exists (although it has changed domains), but has had no updates in years.
- J. William Pierce's Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand -- This site moved a to a new URL more than once, stopped being updated, and finally disappeared.
- Mark Gardner's Objectivism Resource Guide -- This site ceased to exist in 1998. The domain is now used for an unrelated website.
- Objectivity -- This journal got a new publisher and a new website address. Unfortunately for it, the new publisher was Enlightenment, which subsequently went out of business.
- Second Renaissance Books -- This book service merged with Lyceum International Conferences and Second Renaissance Conferences to create The Ayn Rand Bookstore. In February 2003, the Bookstore was acquired by the Ayn Rand Institute, which continues to operate the website.
- Second Renaissance Conferences -- This conference service merged with Lyceum International Conferences and Second Renaissance Books to create The Ayn Rand Bookstore. In February 2003, the Bookstore was acquired by the Ayn Rand Institute, which continues to operate the website.
- "A Subjective Look at Objectivism" by Aaron Clements -- This bibliographic survey of websites related to Objectivism has been removed from the site where it once appeared.
- Moderated Discussion of Objectivist Philosophy -- This list no longer exists.
- Paul Vixie's email@example.com List -- Vixie's website (see above) still allows subscriptions, but there is no discussion on the list.
- Kirez Korgan's Objectivism-L -- This list was renamed Objectivism@WeTheLiving and continued to be active for several years, but is not defunct.
- J. William Pierce's Gay Objectivists List -- This list no longer exists.
- Chris Cathcart's firstname.lastname@example.org -- This list no longer exists.
- Wetheliving.com -- This domain offered several email lists, including once-popular lists called "OWL" and "Atlantis." All lists from this domain are defunct as of June 2005.
- Robert Stubblefield's Objectivism Study Group (OSG) -- The website for this list appears to have disappeared sometime in 2005.
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