The Closure of the OLists

 Posted by on 17 June 2013 at 10:00 am  OList
Jun 172013

I’ve not yet been able to post the podcast from Sunday’s Philosophy in Action Radio due to yet more problems with Podbean. (If I can’t get it uploaded by noon-ish, drastic measures will be taken!)

Meanwhile, I’ve taken the first steps in closing the OLists. I created OBloggers in May 2007, and the network grew to 13 lists over the years. They were a big part of my life for a while. I’m proud that they helped create a friendly online community of Objectivists, based on shared values. But they’ve been in a coma for some time, and I’ve moved on. So it’s long past time to let them die.

Here’s the email that I sent to all the OLists this morning:

I’m writing to tell you that I’ve decided shut down the OLists. I’ve been planning to do this for many months now, but I’ve been slow to get it done. (Originally, I’d planned to turn some lists over to their managers, but the lists have been so quiet that I don’t see any point in that now.)

The primary reason for the shut-down is that lists have been mostly dormant, largely thanks to the rise of social media. I could have worked to revive them, but due to events over the past few years in the Objectivist movement, I’ve lost interest in my specifically Objectivist projects. These days, I’m focused on Philosophy in Action, and I’m really happy doing that… and I’m pleased to be promoting rational ideas (including Objectivist ideas) to a wide audience.

I’ll leave the lists open for another week or two… and please feel free to post any final announcements or whatnot in that time.

If you want to keep up with what I’m doing with Philosophy in Action, you can subscribe to my one-per-week newsletter that announces upcoming topics for radio shows, posted podcasts, blog posts, and other news.

Finally… many thanks to the OList managers for making the lists possible. We did good work together, and it was a pleasure to work with you!

However, because I want to keep in contact with other paleo Objectivists, so I’ve created a “Paleo Objectivists” group on Facebook. To join, you just have to be a paleo-eating Objectivist.

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