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August 30, 2016 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

Embedded below the fold. The phrase of the day: “Flight-Proven!”

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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  • Phil: No, thank you! You created the panorama we were discussing. You should get the credit.

  • marge strach

    Shout out to John bachelor radio show 94.3 it’s how I found your website :) thanks for the cool updates
    I’m from generation who was 9 when we walked on the moon. It’s very sad the kids today have no clue how exciting nasa rocket launches were. President John Kennedy is rolling in his grave to see NASA being
    Far from its former self.

  • wayne

    Hey– very few radio-shows do Space as well as John Batchelor & Mr. Z!

    >Highly recommend Mr. Z’s, “Genesis, the Story of Apollo 8.” (I’m in your age-cohort & I saw that launch in-person, very spectacular!) You will enjoy the book– get an autographed hard-copy from Mr. Z., & the e-book version!
    You’ll enjoy this as well–
    “Robert Zimmerman – The Future of Space Exploration & Apollo 8 (The Moore Show)”

    -slight correction– SpaceX is a private company & they contract with NASA for launch/tracking, etc., services. The credit goes primarily to Elon Musk, and not necessarily anyone in our government, for the most part.

    “Believe in the Power of Free-Market Economics!”

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