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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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April 25, 2017 Zimmerman Space Show podcast

My two hour appearance with David Livingston on the Space Show last night is now available and can be downloaded as a podcast here.

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One comment

  • LocalFluff

    I think your approach to space re-regulation would be very helpful for space exploration, but also that it is quite realistic. The president (any president) understands law, and at least this one understands economics. Instead of making decisions about destination and vehicle, a new legal framework for space exploration is something a president can understand very well. (The drawback with a knowledgeable president is that he can have his own opinion about it :-)

    Concerning how early a reusable vertically landed rocket could’ve been developed, I think it would be no harder than the space shuttle. Its boosters were indeed reused much as if they had been independent first stages. If GPS really is required for guiding the rocket during its landing leg, and for precision landing on dry land, then it might not have been done until about 1990. I think the shuttle was von Braun’s “fault”. He liked to put wings on spaceships. Glide landings seems to have been popular in German aerospace, maybe because of its successes in landing troops early in the war, and because it was used for the remarkable rocket aircraft Me 163 Comet in the end.

    Some say SLS/Orion has cost “only” $23 billion. I suppose that’s if one doesn’t include the Constellation years. It still doesn’t help! It is orders of magnitudes more expensive than the private alternatives.

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