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Internet Forums Related to Objectivism

A variety of forums for discussing Objectivism are available on the Internet. The sections below list three types of forums: web discussion boards, email lists and Usenet newsgroups.

Web Discussion Boards

The following web-based discussion boards are supposed to be for the discussion of Objectivism. The ORC does not attempt to confirm or monitor the content of every board. Unless otherwise indicated, all web discussion boards are moderated.

Email Lists

The following email lists are supposed to be for the discussion of Objectivism. (Non-discussion lists, such as announcement lists or news services, are not described here.) The ORC does not attempt to confirm or monitor the content of every list. In some cases, lists purporting to be for discussion of Objectivism have actually been forums for abusive attacks on Objectivists, or for promotion of ideas only marginally related to Objectivism. Readers subscribe at their own risk.

Newsgroups

Historically, there were two Usenet newsgroups intended for discussion of Objectivism:

Currently, there is little activity in a.p.o, and h.p.o is used instead. The historical relationship between the two groups is described in the now antiquated Objectivism newsgroups FAQ. The creation of h.p.o is documented in Usenet archives, as are earlier attempts to create newsgroups for discussion of Objectivism.

In addition to the newsgroups specifically for Objectivism, discussions related to Ayn Rand or Objectivism would be on-topic in a number of other groups. The following newsgroups (listed alphabetically) are reasonable choices, provided their specific topical restrictions are observed:

Not all issues related to Rand or Objectivism will be relevant to all groups. For example, it would be inappropriate to post about aesthetics in a politics newsgroup. The name of a newsgroup does not always indicate exactly what topics are considered acceptable, so readers should review the group and look for any messages about rules or frequently asked questions prior to posting.


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