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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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August 16, 2019 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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One comment

  • Richard M

    Great show, as always, Bob.

    It really is hard to judge just what Sierra Nevada has been up to, since they put so little out in the public domain. In this respect, they’re more like Blue Origin than SpaceX. Granted, the first mission is not until 2021, so it’s not like there was a high urgency for it when the contract was announced in 2016 – in the way, say, there was for CRS back in 2008-10, when NASA was feeling the heat of the end of Shuttle operations and desperately needed Cargo Dragon and Cygnus to get operational as quickly as possible.

    It’s also true that developing Dream Chaser (which was on most accounts farther away from operational capability than either Dragon or Starliner were when the crew downselect was done in 2014) required some considerable work to develop into a cargo vehicle (especially that expendable cargo module), so it may be hasty to assume they’re behind schedule. Then again, it is the rare space vehicle that DOESN’T experience development delays, so…

    I hope they can meet the schedule, because it’s a nifty vehicle with a lot of potential and different capabilities from the other crew and cargo vehicles on the market now. I’d love to see it fly.

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