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Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!


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.


All editions are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all book vendors, with the ebook priced at $5.99 before discount. The ebook can also be purchased direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit, in which case you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


Autographed printed copies are also available at discount directly from me (hardback $24.95; paperback $14.95; Shipping cost for either: $5.00). Just email me at zimmerman @ nasw dot org.


  • Bob

    Wow. PayPal and patron charge 12%! I had no idea. Gabpay seems reasonable.

  • Bob: I must note that since I have not yet gotten any payments through Gabpay, my estimate of their 2% fee might be wrong. I base it on what their website says, but my experience has been that such information rarely matches reality.

    However, if you use Gabpay please comment here. You would be the first, and if something isn’t right and I don’t get your donation, I would need to know.

  • Peter Francis

    I wish I could switch to Zelle from Paypal, but here is Canada Zelle is not available.

  • Mark

    Zelle was flaky today. 6th time a charm though.

  • Robert Pratt

    Setup Zelle today for a Paypal alternative. Zelle doesn’t work with my main bank’s electronic banking but does with my alternate bank. Zelle product failed to work for using a debit card on banks to which it’s not linked. Not impressed with its setup methods but will invest more time in it due to big savings on fees. Plan to use it tomorrow to pay a large bill to a contractor. Then I’ll see how its unknown amount limits play out. Apparently that depends on the bank.

  • Robert Pratt: Since I started to encourage my readers to use Zelle, I would say that almost 80% of donations have shifted to it from Paypal. The subscriptions on Paypal have dropped from 100% to about 75%, with both Zelle and Patreon grabbing that market share.

    It appears that Paypal has taken a gigantic hit in business by even considering the idea it had the right to steal its customers’ money.

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