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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.


Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • Andrew_W

    For a moment I was wondering if I’d pissed you off to such an extent that you’d blocked me!

  • wayne


    Good one.

    Interestingly, it seems as if the “environment” (especially “warming issues”) and certain space/engineering related Topics, garner the most comments & back-n-forth.
    (Just don’t bring up Trump… [“whoops,”] we’re about due for a Trump thread and most folks here have definite opinions.)
    Hang around & you’ll discover an extremely well educated & surprisingly polite bunch of folks who check in on a regular basis.

    On an infinitely lighter note….
    “You blabbed Andrew_W, you blabbed about Mars”

  • Andrew_W

    The commenter’s and host here are a similar lot to those at Rand Simberg’s Transterrestrial Musings, in fact the two sites share several commenters, Rand’s been busy doing up his house in Florida of late (want to buy a house in Boca Raton?) and not been posting much.

  • Andrew_W: Heh. I don’t get pissed off easily. So far I have only banned two people from this list, one for advocating white supremacy and the other for insisting that a valid argument was to insult people. Neither is tolerated. I also do not tolerate the outright spreading of disinformation for the purpose of slandering people.

    Every once in awhile I have warned a few other people. Except for the two mentioned, everyone else immediately recognized that they had crossed a line, apologized, and mended their ways. The result, as you can see, is a generally intelligent and thoughtful discussion. People here can be blunt and direct, and if you are a modern college snowflake who cannot tolerate opposing opinions and need a safe space, this ain’t the place you want to be. However, as long as people follow these basic rules of civilization, I permit all opinions, even ones I disagree with strongly.

Readers: the rules for commenting!


No registration is required. I welcome all opinions, even those that strongly criticize my commentary.


However, name-calling and obscenities will not be tolerated. First time offenders who are new to the site will be warned. Second time offenders or first time offenders who have been here awhile will be suspended for a week. After that, I will ban you. Period.


Note also that first time commenters as well as any comment with more than one link will be placed in moderation for my approval. Be patient, I will get to it.

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