Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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A quick one week fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black: Thank You!

My quick one week fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black is now over.

Thank you to everyone that donated or subscribed. As always I am surprised by the number of people who do so, considering that my work here is free for the taking. Because of this, to make sure everyone sees this message of thanks I will keep it on the to of the page for the next few days.

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  • Joe

    Bob. I am sorry you have to do an extra fund raiser. Thanks for the heads up about the fees. I’ve upped my monthly subscription to help offset.

  • Joe: Thank you! I am not actually doing an extra fund-raiser. This is the third November quickie I’ve done. I just have unfortunately this extra reason for doing so.

  • I would like to contribute to you when I have a situation, my friend, I wish you good luck

  • Willi

    Bob, I had a few pennies remaining in a checking account so I decided to test a transfer method to see if it didn’t cost you anything. If cost free, I’ll send more when I receive my monthly SSA stipend.

  • Colegato Foundation

    Mr. Zimmerman:
    Please keep this confidential.

    I am an American lawyer living with my husband and three teenage children in northern Patagonia in Chile (nowhere near the Atacama desert). I run a private foundation. I have been listening to you for years on the John Batchelor show. Our foundation can only contribute to IRC 501c3 organizations. I was hoping you could connect me with science and technology groups you are familiar with doing fine work like SEDS. I am not a science and space person but my husband and children are. Also, on a personal note could you connect me with any good online science and technology programs. My children are into computer programming and are near exhausting the resources of Khan Academy. They are crazy about anything space related.

    Finally do you know of young people who would like a friend in Chile. All my children are fluent in both English and Spanish. We are Americans. Thank you.

  • Woody Sprott

    Hope it makes a difference. Voices like yours need to be supported. Will double my monthly contribution – which is not great – but on which you can count.

  • Woody Sprott

    Bob, you do great work. Increased my monthly commitment. Want to make sure voices like yours can still contribute to the general public understanding as events unfold.

  • Woody Sprott: Thank you for your long time generous support. I must also thank everyone else for donating.

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